Mayor Ted Bettencourt has announced that the city of Peabody will honor city residents who have served in the armed forces with its first annual Veteran's Day Breakfast on Sunday, November 11.
The breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Wiggin Auditorium at City Hall and will include a special commemoration for veterans of World War II. The event precedes the annual Veteran's Day memorial ceremony at 11 a.m. in front of City Hall.
Tickets to the breakfast are free, but there is a limit of two per household, which are available only to Peabody veterans. Chris Ryder, Bettencourt's chief-of-staff, is expecting about 250 people for the event, including state and local officials, and special guests.
Veteran's can contact the Veteran Services Department at 978-538-5925 to reserve tickets.
"The Mayor is going to sit down and put together a list of who he expects for city officials, state officials, etc., but we haven't gotten that far in terms of that list yet," Ryder said. "But suffice to say there will be luminaries."
According to Veteran's Services Director Chris Tighe, city officials are still working with the local chapter of the Portuguese American War Veterans - which is "hosting" this year's memorial ceremony - to hammer out the details.
Last year's ceremony was put on by the Jewish War Veterans North Shore Post 220, based in Peabody, and included guest speaker Navy Lt. Commander Eric Polonsky, a Peabody native serving in Virginia at the time.
"The men and women who have served our country in the armed forces deserve our respect, recognition and gratitude," Bettencourt said in a statement. "This year we honor those members of the Greatest Generation who served during World War II, without whom we would not enjoy the freedom and prosperity we so often take for granted."