Veterans Day: Ceremony, Clean-Up, Disc Golf, and Dinosaurs

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Do you know the history of Veterans Day? According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, World War I officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in Versailles, France. But fighting had ceased seven months earlier when an armistice between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.” A year later, in 1919, the holiday was officially named “Armistice Day” in honor of the World War I veterans, and later (in 1938) was changed to Veterans Day to include veterans of all military service.

The eleventh-hour business should explain why the annual Veteran’s Day ceremony in Weston will be held at 11 am tomorrow, November 11 in the Sears Auditorium at Town Hall. Please honor our veterans, first responders, and supporting families by attending–all are welcome. This year’s ceremony will include a special tribute to the 13 U.S. military service members who gave their lives while performing dangerous duty during the chaotic evacuation in Afghanistan.

Other events happening on the public schools holiday:

Schools Clean-Up and Disc Golf

The PTO Green Team invites everyone to the Annual Weston School-Wide Clean-Up Day on Thursday, November 11 from 9-11 am. Bring your family (join next time if anyone is unwell), hand sanitizer, gloves, and garbage bags. Meet in front of the High School to help pick up trash around the school grounds and take care of the community.

Disc Golf Intro at the High School. Experience the new Wildcat Woods Disc Golf Course while helping clean up the WHS and WMS campus. Introductory lesson at 9-9:15 am and 9:45-10 am by the covered walkway between the two schools. Frisbees provided, no experience necessary, fun for all ages! Email Chris Fehl at fehlc@weston.org with any questions.

Spellman Museum Dinosaur Event

I am not entirely sure what it means that we have an event about dinosaurs on Veteran’s Day. Coincidence? Hmm. On November 11 at 10:30 am at the Spellman Museum, Animal Adventures will bring some fossils, dinosaur skulls and skin, velociraptor claws, and more dino artifacts that people can touch. There will also be some live animals such as alligators, snapping turtles, and scorpions. Don’t touch the last ones–just a hint. Admission: $5 adults, $3 Seniors and children. For more information about the program, please call 617-784-5838. Spellman Museum is located at 241 Wellesley Street.

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