Martha’s Vineyard Veterans Day activities honor those who served

— File photo by Ralph Stewart

This year Veterans Day falls on an especially distinctive date, 11/11/11. The annual U.S. holiday honors military veterans and commemorates the German signing of the Armistice that ended World War One at the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month of 1918.

To honor men and women who have served and are currently serving their country in the military, Islanders will celebrate Veterans Day in several ceremonies and events on Friday.

Veterans Day activities start with the display of flags at the Avenue of Flags in Oak Grove Cemetery, Vineyard Haven. Volunteers are needed to put flags up at 7:30 am and take them down at 3 pm.

The Veterans Day Parade steps off from Our Market in Oak Bluffs at 10:45 am and proceeds to Ocean Park for a ceremony.

At 1:30 pm Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will hold a service to honor residents veterans, open to everyone.

The Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center invites the Island community to attend a Shabbat Service starting at 5:30 pm to honor veterans and those involved in past and present military service. Lay cantor Ljuba Davis from California will lead the service. Lt. Col. David Berube, Oak Bluffs Police Department chaplain and 102nd Intelligence Wing Chaplain, Massachusetts Air National Guard, and Ms. Murphy also will participate.

Yahrzeit (memorial) candles will be lit during the service to pay homage to those who served, were killed in action, or have died. Those who attend the service also may participate with a tribute or reading to memorialize loved ones or friends who served.