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Turners, Greenfield to host Veterans Day events

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On Rt 2 in Shelburne American flags hvave been put out on these fence posts for Veterans Day.

Recorder/Paul Franz On Rt 2 in Shelburne American flags hvave been put out on these fence posts for Veterans Day. Purchase photo reprints »

Veterans will be honored at many events over the next few days in observance of Veterans Day, which is Sunday but observed in many instances on Monday.

Turners Falls and Greenfield in particular will host events.

Turners will host two events in celebration of Veterans Day next week, stretching the Sunday holiday through Tuesday.

Monday, a ceremony at the Turners Falls Veterans Park by the Carnegie Library on Avenue A will honor those who have served, with speeches by members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Turners Falls Lodge of Elks.

All are invited for the ceremony scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.

For an individual veteran’s experience of war, the Avenue A Greenfield Savings Bank branch will host Vincent J. “Bill” Purple of Athol, a B-17 “Flying Fortress” bomber pilot who flew 35 missions over Europe and won the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service in World War II.

The talk is set for 11 a.m. Tuesday. To reserve a seat, call Linda, Kerri or Christina in the bank at 413-863-4316. Light refreshments will be served.

In Greenfield, Sgt. Richard L. Kinner, who is commander of American Legion Post 81 in Greenfield, said Greenfield will hold its Veterans Day Parade on Monday at 10 a.m. from the middle school on Federal Street and that people should try to make it to the memorial service at Veterans Mall on Main Street after the parade, which will make its way up Federal and down Main before turning around and stopping at the mall.

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