Veterans honored across the Island

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Veteran Edson Rodgers played "Taps" at the conclusion of the Veterans Day ceremony. —Ralph Stewart

On Nov. 11, the Island community will honor all those who served in the armed forces and give thanks to them for their sacrifices.

On Friday, Nov. 9, the Oak Bluffs School will have a meeting at 8:30 am to celebrate veterans and give them support.

The Right Fork Diner will start off the Veterans Day festivities a day ahead of the actual holiday, on Nov. 10. The restaurant will host the Run for Veterans from 9 am to 10 am to benefit the Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Veterans Outreach program. Island resident and runner Ruth Ambrozaitis is planning the run.

On Veterans Day, the celebrations start with the annual Avenue of Flags in Oak Grove Cemetery at 7:30 am. The flags will be taken down at 3 pm.

At 10:45 am, the Veterans Day parade will again step off at Nancy’s Restaurant and march to the monument in Ocean Park. A wreath will be laid on the monument in recognition of the brave men and women who served. Oak Bluffs has been the only nationally recognized site for Veterans Day in Massachusetts for many years.

“This year we are trying to make sure every Vietnam veteran gets thanks,” said Dukes County veterans agent Jo Ann Murphy.

Veterans Day is observed on Monday by all schools across the Island, so kids enjoy the day off.