CARIBOU, Maine — A Veterans Day ceremony will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Northern Maine Veterans’ Cemetery. Veterans Day is a national holiday observed each year at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month, allowing all Americans a chance to honor the nation’s veterans from all years and the men and women now serving in the United States armed forces.
George Mathis, commander of the state’s Disabled American Veterans, will be the keynote speaker at the ceremony. Other guest speakers will include Harry Hafford, chairman of the NMVC Corp.; Sharon Campbell, regional representative for U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe; Phil Bosse, state office representative for U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, and Barbara Hayslett, district representative for U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud.
Vocal selections will be provided by Chloe Wheeler, an elementary school student from Blaine. The ceremonial laying of the wreath will be presented by Mathis and Hafford; a 21-gun salute will be performed by members of the Madawaska American Legion Post 147, and taps will be rendered by Frederick Ormezzani.
The Rev. David Cote will provide the invocation and benediction.
Hafford has announced that the NMVCC recently purchased a four-passenger golf cart to transport cemetery guests who may be physically challenged to and from their vehicles and to the restrooms located in the administration building.
“We don’t want our family members and guests to worry about the distance they have to walk while attending any of our services or ceremonies,” said Hafford. “This vehicle will be available to transport individuals during the Nov. 11 Veterans Day events.”