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Veterans Day Commemorations and Parade 2023

By Caitlin Dowling, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
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Newburyport will honor veterans and their families at the annual Veterans Day Commemorations on Saturday, November 11th. Residents and visitors are invited to join honored guests for a ceremony and parade in observance of the holiday. Folks participating in the parade will gather in the CVS parking lot on Pond Street at 10:30 and prepare to march. The short procession will start on Pond Street, turn left on High Street, turn right on Green Street and continue down Green Street to City Hall. The ceremony will start at 11 am in front of City Hall and last approximately 45 minutes followed by a parade that will march through Market Square to Veterans Cemetery for the conclusion of the ceremony. View the detailed schedule at the bottom of the article.

Ceremony at City Hall 

All are welcome to gather at City Hall at 11 am for a formal Veterans Day ceremony. Captain Jon-Erik Berkhoudt of Newburyport Salvation Army will give with the invocation followed by the Pledge of Allegiance lead by local scouts. The National Anthem will be preformed by the Newburyport High School Marching Band under the direction of Director, Steve Cohen. Mayor Sean Reardon will recite the names of recently departed veterans with Memorial Bells and Kevin Hunt, Veteran Agent will pay honor with memories and remembrances. The City Hall portion of the ceremony will conclude with patriotic music from the Newburyport High School Marching Band under the direction of Steve Cohen. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will move into the City Hall’s auditorium.

Veterans Cemetery Observance 

After the Veterans Day ceremony, the parade will continue on to Market Square, marching up State Street to Veterans Cemetery where Newburyport Mayor Sean Reardon will place a memorial wreath at the monument, Amazing Grace will be played by Newburyport High School Band and the Benediction will be given by Captain Jon-Erik Berkhoudt of the Newburyport Salvation Army. The observance will end with Taps as a final salute to veterans.

Veterans Day Events and Special Offers

In addition to the the Newburyport veterans ceremony, you can also find details for events in neighboring cities and towns throughout the community. View this information as well as details for various Veterans Day special offers on the Newburyport Events Calendar.

Moving Wall Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Back in 2021 our community was fortunate to have the Moving Wall Vietnam Veterans Memorial, come to the Plum Island Airport in honor of our local Vietnam Veterans. This inspirational veterans tribute took 10 years of planning by the lead organizer, Dennis Palazzo and a small group of other local veterans. If you didn’t get to visit the memorial, we encourage folks to read article and view pictures and videos from very this very special memorial.

Veterans Parade & Ceremony Schedule

10:30 to 11:00 AM
Procession will start on Pond Street, across from CVS and proceed down Green Street to City Hall.

11 AM to 11:45 AM (Approx.) Commemorations in front of City Hall
Invocation – Captain, Jon-Erik Berkhoudt, Newburyport Salvation Army
Pledge of Allegiance – local scouts
National Anthem – Newburyport High School Marching Band under the direction of Director, Steve Cohen
Recitation of the names of recently departed veterans –Mayor Sean Reardon Memorial Bells
Veteran Memories and Remembrances – Kevin Hunt Newburyport Veteran Agent
Patriotic Music – Newburyport High School Marching Band under the direction of Director, Steve Cohen

11:45 AM to 12:15 PM (Approx.)
Parade will leave City Hall and march around Market Square, up State Street to Veterans Cemetery at the base of Pond Street
Mayor Reardon places Memorial wreath at monument
Amazing Grace – Newburyport High School Band
Benediction – Captain Jon-Erik Berkhoudt, Newburyport Salvation Army
Taps – Conclusion of Ceremony