Veterans Day parade planned for Nov. 11

In recognition of Veterans Day, the town’s Patriotic Observance Committee is holding a Veterans Day parade Sunday. Residents are invited to take a seat along the parade route and join in services honoring veterans. The parade will form at the corner of First and Main streets at 9:30 a.m. and step off at 10. The parade will proceed up Main Street and march to Patriots Memorial Park for a ceremony. The parade will then proceed up Main Street to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2104 on Park Street to raise the flag and salute all departed veterans. This year’s Veterans Day parade and ceremony is being dedicated to the memory of Lieutenant Colonel Harold A. Dushame Jr., who died June 30 at Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill. A 1947 graduate of Johnson High School in North Andover, Dushame was a career Air Force photo intelligence officer. He served both stateside and overseas, including two tours of duty in Vietnam, retiring from the military in 1973. Dushame was a longtime supporter of the North Andover Historical Society and was instrumental in restoring several historical memorials in town. He was buried with military honors at Spring Grove Cemetery in Andover. In the event of inclement weather, Veterans Day services will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the middle school veterans auditorium. For more information, contact North Andover Veterans Service Officer Edward V. Mitchell at 978-688-9525.

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