Oak Bluffs leads Veterans Day celebrations with parade

Veterans marched down Oak Bluffs Avenue, following Friday's ceremony at Ocean Park. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Friday morning, despite the strong wind, veterans, families, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts gathered in front of Our Market in Oak Bluffs to begin the Veterans Day parade and ceremony to honor those who served our country.

They marched down Lake Avenue to Ocean Park, and there, at the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month in the 11th year, parade organizer Peter Hermann began the ceremony by leading everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Dukes County director of veterans services Jo Ann Murphy read a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs, which recognized Oak Bluffs as one of the designated regional observance sites.

Mr. Hermann invited Tracy Taylor, a mother whose son was killed in Iraq, to place a wreath in front of the World War I memorial, and the following gun salute honored the soldiers who lost their lives during their service.

At the end of the ceremony, members of the Martha’s Vineyard Harley Riders saluted the veterans, and the scout members went up to each veteran in attendance to say two simple words, “Thank you.”