Monday, November 12, 2012
Hundreds of people attended Veterans Day ceremonies in Swampscott on Sunday.
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Monday, November 12, 2012
On Sunday's spring-like morning the two newest Swampscott monuments were unveiled and dedicated. The War Memorial Monument took its place on Monument Avenue and the Non-military Casualties Memorial took its place on the Town Hall grounds. At 11 a.m., hundreds of people including military personnel and local color guards circled the War Memorial's 8-piece, 7,089-pound monument. It honors Swampscott military people who have lost their life in the war on terror (or served in the military during that time). It has 35 names on each wing and a center tablet bearing the names of Specialist Jared Raymond and Captain Jennifer Harris who made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for America. Veterans Day speakers included War Memorial Committee …
Here's what's open and closed on Monday, Nov. 12.
Monday, November 12, 2012
While Veterans Day, established in 1926 to honor men and women who have served in the military, falls on Sunday, many government and school employees are on vacation for the national holiday on Monday. Here's a quick round-up of what's open and closed in Swampscott today. If you know of more businesses that are open or closed, help out your fellow neighbors by leaving them in the comments.
Friday, November 9, 2012
Local businesses salute our service men and women with special deals on Veterans Day.
A number of businesses in the region are saluting veterans, military service men and women, and their families this Veterans Day by offering discounts, specials and promotions. Here are some of the ones of which we are aware: Know any local veterans specials that we missed? Add them in the comments below. Remember, the whole point of Veterans Day to thank and remember our troops and November is Military Family Month.
The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. on Monument Avenue.
At least as early as last spring War Memorial Committee members set their sights on Veterans Day to dedicate the War Memorial Monument. And it was much earlier, 2009, that the committee was formed to make the monument happen. Now, after all the planning, meetings and fundraising — the committee raised $20,000 — the monument's time has arrived. At 11 a.m. this Sunday, Veterans Day, its 8 pieces weighing a total of 7,089 pounds will become the newest dedicated monument on Monument Avenue. It will honor everyone in Swampscott that has lost their life in the war on terror (military of civilian) or served in the military during that time, said David Van Dam, chairman of the War Memorial Committee. It will have 35 names on each wing, says …
Friday, November 11, 2011
Organizers hope to put up a Global War on Terror monument next year. But do not look for the names to be listed in alphabetical order.
The next monument placed on Monument Avenue will be notably different from those that stand there now. The order of the names on it will not be alphabetical. They will be determined by a lottery. Town Veterans Service Officer Jim Schultz cites two reasons for this. One: missing names invariably surface over the years. Those who rally the town to build a new monument do their best to advertise their efforts and collect names of all who served in a given war. But the town does not have an archive of veterans’ records, Schultz said. The military stores records. And so names get missed. Take the Vietnam War Veterans Honor Roll. It now has about 450 names on it. Names have been added several times in the past. And more names must be added, he …
From music history to local tides. Things to know in Swampscott on this fall day in November.
1) Weather Watch — National Weather Service forecasters are predicting showers early followed by clouds and gradual clearing. The day's high temperature will be near 52. 2) Tide Watch — Today's low tide at Fisherman's Beach is 4:54 am (.92 ft). High tide is 11:09 am (9.72 ft). The sun will rise at 6:29 am and set at 4:25 pm. 3) Swampscott Scrambler — Unscramble these letters to spell the name of a Swampscott person, place or thing (answer to be posted tomorrow): efaoplgl Thursday's answer: flounder 4) In 1938, Kate Smith first sang Irving Berlin's "God Bless America" on network radio. (From http://www.on-this-day.com) 5) Veterans Watch: The town will hold a Veterans Day ceremony at 11:11 am on Monument Avenue by the big flagpole. The …
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The Haverhill farmer hired for the job said the old wheels were beyond repair.
The town’s World War I cannon is getting new wheels and a century of rust removed, says the Haverhill farmer who is reconditioning it. Tyler Kimball was hired for the job by the Swampscott Firefighters Union. On a rainy day in September Kimball sent a flatbed truck to Swampscott. He had the heavy French 75 gun hauled from the cemetery to his 350-acre farm where buffalo roam. Kimball said on Tuesday that he has knocked rust from the artillery piece and is having new wheels built by Amish craftsmen in Lancaster, Pa. He'll attach the new wheels when they arrive from Lancaster, and paint the cannon. Kimball has buffalo, cattle, pigs, horses, llamas and sheep on his farm. As a side note, he also has coyote. The farm was in the news recently …