October 27 2020

Burlington Veterans Day Ceremony

A large crowd of Burlington residents came out to the Town Common, under a sunny sky, on Tuesday to pay respects to the men and women who risked all to defend our nation. 

The annual Veterans Day ceremony, hosted by Burlington Veteran’s Services along with the Allied Veterans Council and Burlington American Legion Post 273, took place starting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, November 11. The ceremony began with a Call to Assembly followed by a flag raising. The event was hosted by Burlington Veteran Services Director Bob Hogan. 

The theme for this year’s ceremony was “In Flanders Field” and the red poppies associated with the poem which are distributed by veterans service organizations throughout the country for causes related to veterans. 

The poem “In Flanders Field,” written by Canadian physician Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae in May of 1915, speaks of his sight of the delicate, vibrant poppies growing on a shattered battlefield around his unit’s artillery position in Belgium, the notice explains.  

“The first line of the poem contains some of the most famous lines written in relation to the First World War – ‘In Flanders Field the poppies blow,’” a note from Veteran Services explained. 

The Burlington High School Select Singer sang “In Flanders Field” after a reading of the poem by Selectman Mike Runyan and a history of it by Selectman Daniel Gratton. Local scouts also presented veterans at the ceremony with poppies as part of the day’s events. 

Other speakers included Reverend Francesco Passamonte, State Rep. Ken Gordon, State Sen. Ken Donnelly and Selectman Chris Hartling. The guest speaker this year was Colonel David Hiltz, Chief of the Family of Systems Architecture Team at Hanscom Air Force Base. 

Check out our full image gallery of the ceremony by clicking here

Watch our BNEWS report on the ceremony here. 

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