Veterans Day Ceremony at the Library

On Saturday, November 11th at 11 am the Bellingham community is invited to the library for a Veterans Day Ceremony to honor our nation’s veterans.  Originally known as Armistice Day, Veterans Day was originally a holiday to honor the end of World War I.  In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, Congress, at the urging of veterans service organizations, amended the 1938 Armistice Day legislation to change the word Armistice to Veterans.  On June , 1954, and each year since, November 11th is the day to honor American veterans of all wars.

The Ceremony, coordinated by Jim Hastings of the Bellingham Memorial & Veterans Day Committee,  will be opened with a presentation of the colors by the Blackstone Valley Young Marines, and conclude with a wreath laying and the playing of taps at the library flagpole.

The opening remarks will be delivered by Sgt. Samuel E. Cowell, a 1995 Bellingham High School graduate and current Bellingham resident and US Army Veteran. Sam served in the Army as a Russian Linguist.  While in Korea he was selected as solider of the year for the 8th Army.  He is a teacher in the Medfield school system and coaches youth sports in Bellingham.

The guest speaker is Sergeant Kenneth Morell, a Bellingham native whose parents still live in town.  He graduated from Bellingham High School in 1986 and joined the Army.   He served from 1986 to 1990 in the 75th Airborne Ranger Battalion.   He is a combat veteran of the Panama  “Operation Just Cause” where he parachuted at night from 400 feet .  He completed the Army Best Ranger Competition, as seen on television each year.  He then served in the National Guard from 1990-1999.  He graduated from UMASS Dartmouth with a BS Degree in Marketing and married earlier this year and lives in Easton MA.  He is the co-owner of Rapid Results Realty and Owner of Home Buyers 4 You, a building and renovation firm.

We invite all members of the community to take a few minutes of their day to honor our nations veterans.

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