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slides: Veterans Day Events in Rhode Island 2012

Monday, November 12, 2012


Veterans Day is when we appreciate everything the men and women of the armed forces have sacrificed for our country. Here are some local events to honor and remember those who have served and are still fighting to protect our freedom. 


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East Greenwich Parade

Sunday, November 11, 2pm

The town's annual Veterans Day Parade will step off at Academy Field going through the “Hill” area, turning left onto First Avenue (Route 401). After a brief wreath-laying ceremony at the World War II Memorial on the corner of Cliff Street, the parade continues North on Main Street to the Town Hall for concluding ceremonies at approximately 2:45pm.

The parade will be led by Aaron Lindo, the “Lone Piper” with the Grand Marshal to be Bill Stott, a Navy Veteran. A vast array of Color Guards representing a number of different units will compliment this division. The Kentish Guards and Varnum Continentals will be marching along with the Pawtuxet Rangers.

Music from the East Greenwich High School Band, Night Life Marching Band, plus Ocean State’s Chorus Barber Shop Quartet and a new addition, The Firehouse Dixie Band! Local Boy and Girl Scout troops will be represented as well as the newly crowned Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 2013, Elaine Collado.

Academy Field East Greenwich, 2pm. For more information, call (401) 844-6272.

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Portsmouth Ceremony

Sunday, November 11, 1:15pm

The Veterans Day Ceremony at Portsmouth Town Hall has a theme -- Patriotic Music -- and will feature speakers and performers from Portsmouth High School, Portsmouth Historical Society and Bugles Across America. This event is co-sponsored by American Legion Post 18, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 18, VFW Post 5390 and their Ladies and Men's Auxiliary.  Cub Scout Pack 50 will provide the Color Guard.

2200 East Main Road, Portsmouth, 1:15pm.

Photo: eschipul/flickr.

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Women Warriors

Monday, November 12, North Kingstown, 11:30am

Women Warriors: Three Women Veterans Gather to Speak to Rhode Islanders

This Veterans Day make plans to pay tribute to military members who defend our freedom by attending a living history luncheon at Quidnessett County Club. The 2nd annual Women Warriors luncheon will feature three women veterans from Rhode Island. The speakers will tell stories of the evolving role of women in the military.100% of the proceeds will help to provide housing and services for homeless vets through Operation Stand Down Rhode Island. Operation Stand Down Rhode Island currently manages five permanent housing facilities for Veterans as well as two housing facilities currently under construction. Money raised from this luncheon will go directly to the women residents of OSDRI’s Holly Charette House in Johnston, RI.

Quidnesset Country Club, North Kingstown.11:30pm-2pm.  For more information, go here.

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Brown University Ceremony

Monday, November 12, noon

Brown University will honor members of the Brown and Rhode Island communities who have served in the U.S. military or other nations during Veterans Day ceremonies.

Convening at the flagpole on the College Green and processing to Ruth J. Simmons Quadrangle and Soldiers Arch. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place inside Sayles Hall on the College Green.

Scheduled speakers include Sen. Jack Reed, Lt. Commander James Gardner ’65, graduate student veteran Christopher Baker ’09, Sc.M. ’10, Dean of the College Katherine Bergeron, and Brown University Chaplain the Rev. Janet Cooper Nelson.

Information about the ceremony, as well as Brown’s military programs and services can be found online at the Office of Student Veterans and Commissioning Programs.

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Dining Deals For Veterans

Sunday, November 11-Monday, November 12

McCormick & Schmick's will treat veterans to a complimentary lunch or dinner entrée from a special menu. Also, Olive Garden, Applebee's and Chilis offer a free meal from a limited menu between 11am-5pm.

Outback Steakhouse gives veterans a 10 percent discount off the entire guest check, and Hooters offers 10 free Boneless Wings with the purchase of a drink.

Uno Chicago Grill gives a free entrée or individual pizza with the purchase of an entrée or pizza of equal or greater value from Sunday, Nov. 11 through Monday, Nov. 12. Like slurpees? They're free for vets on Sunday at 7-Eleven.

On Monday, T.G.I. Friday's and Texas Roadhouse offer free lunches for veterans. 

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South Kingstown Parade

Sunday, November 11, 1pm

The South Kingstown Veterans Day Parade, sponsored by the VFW Post 916, will begin on Holly Street (behind Benny’s) to Main Street, taking a right on Main Street to High Street and finishing at Saugatucket Park. The parade will feature Veterans organizations, marching bands, elected officials, community organizations, and several public safety agencies.

Immediately following the parade, the Veterans Day memorial ceremony will be conducted at Saugatucket Park beginning at approximately 2pm. Colonel James Halderman, USMC (ret.) will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. Musical selections will be performed by the South Kingstown High School and Chariho High School marching bands.

180 High Street, Wakefield.  For more information, go here. Photo: USA Army Africa

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Veteran's Day Celebration

Saturday, November 10, 1-3pm, EPOCH, Providence

EPOCH Assisted Living on the East Side will host a Veteran’s Day Celebration that will include a flag giveaway for military veterans or spouses, and patriotic music by Larry Perlman of “The Innovations.” For more information or to R.S.V.P. call 401-275-0682.

One Butler Ave, Providence. 1pm-3pm.  For more information, go here. Photo: DVIDSHUB/flickr

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Warren Celebrations

Sunday, November 11, 11am

Several civic and veterans’ groups will hold the town’s annual Veterans Day ceremony this Sunday.

The Veterans Day commemoration includes Warren Unit #11 of the American Legion Auxiliary, American Legion Post 104 of Warren, the Kickemuit Grange, Boy Scout Troop 25 of Warren, and the Veterans’ Honor Roll Committee.

The Warren Association of Vietnam Veterans will present recently completed work on the Town Common and work that it will begin in the spring on the town’s Civil War monument.

The ceremony will begin on the Town Common, between Church and State Streets. Photo: eagle102.net/flickr

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Westerly Parade

Saturday, November 10, 9:30am

The Veterans Day Parade will step off from the Pawcatuck Shopping Center at 9:30am with marchers asked to be in place at 8:30.

The parade will travel to West Broad Street where marchers will stop at the World War I Monument for a brief ceremony, then continue into Westerly.

The marchers will do an “Eyes Right” as they pass the MIA and POW memorial on the Pawcatuck side of the bridge and also the World War II Memorial after crossing the Westerly-Pawcatuck Bridge onto Broad Street. Marchers will continue on Broad Street to High Street, and to the final destination of the Westerly Armory.

U.S. Army veteran Robert Vidal of North Stonington will speak after the parade at the Westerly Armory, which is organized by the Westerly-Pawcatuck Veterans Board of Control.

Downtown High Street Westerly. 9:30am.

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Hiring Our Heroes

Friday, November 9, 1-3pm, CCRI, Warwick

For veteran job seekers, active duty military members, guard and reserve members, and military spouses, this is a great opportunity to meet with and talk to potential employers, who have already signed up to talk with you.

Two free workshops will also be available to all RIers during the fair: Your Elevator Speech: Getting you to the next level: 1-2pm; and How to Network Yourself While Looking For a Job: 2:30-3:30pm.

Community College of Rhode Island, 400 East Ave, Warwick. For more information, go here.

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There Is Another Country

Sunday, November 11, 5pm

Scripture and Poetry for Veterans at Grace Episcopal Church, Providence

A service for Veterans Day. Readings from Scripture, WWI poets, hymns, prayers, choral music.

175 Matthewson Street, Providence. 5pm.  For more information, go here.


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