Veterans Day ceremony and parade to be held on Woburn Common Sunday

The city is holding its annual Veterans Day ceremony and parade Sunday, along with a dedication of its new War Memorial on Woburn Common. The parade begins at 10:15 a.m., proceeding from the Winchester line to the common, where the ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. The memorial dedication will take place about 11:35 a.m. The memorial contains the names of 11,665 Woburn residents who have served in wars from Colonial times to the present. The names are laser-etched on the 26 granite panels of the memorial. Also laser-etched onto the stones are 36 wartime photos depicting each era. The memorial was given to the city by a volunteer group, Friends of Woburn Veterans, which verified the names and oversaw its design and construction. The 600,000 cost of the project was funded by a local philanthropist, John Flaherty. US Senator Scott Brown, a colonel in the National Guard, and Navy Captain Francis S. O’Connor are the scheduled speakers. O’Connor is the highest active-duty military person from Woburn and is listed on the monument as a veteran of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. After the ceremony, attendees are invited to a free cookout provided by local social and civic clubs.

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