The Morse Institute Library holds a number of programs year-round of interest to veterans, their families as well as the general public. These programs range from presentations by the Mass. Department of Veterans' Services, contributions of women veterans, and history and music. For more information, contact Maureen Sullivan at 508-647-6400, ext. 1533, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Weston, Mass., Military History Group also holds programs year round at the Weston Public Library. These programs include author presentations and history programs such as the Flying Tigers of China and the Invasion of Normandy. For information, visit www.westonmilitary.org.
Here are the current veterans' events:
Memorial Day is commemorated by placing olive wreaths and flags at the veterans' squares, memorials, monuments and graves. On Memorial Day itself, there is a parade, with ceremonies at the Natick Common, as well as at Dell Park and St. Patrick's cemeteries and the Indian Burial Ground on Pond Street.
On Veterans Day, there is a parade, followed by a brief salute at the Veterans' Arcade at the Morse Institute Library.
Veterans' Day Breakfast at Kennedy Middle School is frequently held several days before Veterans' Day. This educational event is organized to honor Natick veterans and to educate the town's youth on the history and efforts made by all veterans.
Pearl Harbor Day (Dec. 7) is honored with a salute, memorial prayer and a program at the Morse Institute Library. This program takes place in the early evening.
The Natick Fire Department frequently holds events in honor of veterans and their families.
All memorial ceremonies are free and open to the public, and families are encouraged to come. In case of inclement weather, programs are held in the Lebowitz Meeting Hall at the Morse Institute Library. Times of the ceremonies may vary from year to year. To locate the time and details of the event you are interested in, please contact the Natick Town Hall at 508-647-6545 or visit the Town of Natick website at www.natickma.org.