Marion honors veterans with community ceremony

Nov 11, 2021

MARION — The Town of Marion held its annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Old Landing Veterans’ Park on Thursday, Nov. 11, returning to the outdoor location for the second year.

The ceremony included short speeches by Navy Veteran and Select Board Member Norm Hills, Town Administrator Jay McGrail, and guest speaker Professor James R. Holmes of the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.

The Sippican School Band was also in attendance to perform a selection of patriotic songs at the ceremony, led by Hannah Moore.

“Marion has been doing this as far back as we can remember,” said McGrail. “And the band is a big part of it.”

McGrail said that the ceremony used to be held at Sippican School, but it was pushed outside last year due to the pandemic and people seemed to like the new location.

“So, I think we made a new tradition,” he said. “We’re really proud to be able to do it.”

McGrail also thanked Jodi Dickerson of the Marion Department of Public Works and Donna Hemphill for their work preparing the park and setting up flags for the event.