Ceremonies keynote speaker, Lt. J.G. Matt Landry, USN
By Matthew M. Robare
The Saugus Veterans’ Day parade will begin at a 9:45 a.m. on Sunday, November 11. “We will be forming up at the Veterans’ Memorial School on Hurd Avenue,” said Veterans’ Council president Stephen Castinetti. “We’ll be doing a wreath laying at the Veterans’ Memorial at the school at 10:00 a.m.”
After the wreath laying the parade will go down Hurd Avenue to Central Street and then up to Veterans’ Park at Winter Street, across from the Riverside Cemetery.
“The service at Veterans’ Park will begin promptly at 11:00,” Castinetti said. He also said the Saugus High School band will perform the national anthem and some military music, he will make some remarks, and there will be a keynote speaker, Lt. J.G. Matt Landry, USN, the commanding officer of the Massachusetts Bay Division of the Sea Cadet Corps. Landry has served with the Sea Cadet Corps since 2003, according to his bio on their website, and he was previously the executive officer of the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Division in Fall River.
The US Naval Sea Cadet Corps is a program for young people ages 11–17. “Since 1958 the Naval Sea Cadet Corps has been committed to providing American youth with a drug and alcohol free environment to foster their leadership abilities, broaden their horizons through hands-on training and guide them to becoming mature young adults,” according to their website.
While the parade is at the park, Castinetti will recognize the seven new names that have been added to the panels. Afterwards the parade will reform and continue to its conclusion at the American Legion on Taylor Street.
Veterans’ Day was originally established as Armistice Day in 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson to commemorate the Veterans’ and dead of the World War One, the fighting of which ended when Germany agreed to an armistice at 11:00 a.m. on November 11, 1918. After World War Two it was expanded to commemorate all American Veterans, and it became known as Veterans’ Day in 1954, following a bill signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.