BOSTON (CBS) – Some Veterans Day ceremonies in Massachusetts will be virtual Wednesday because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The state’s Department of Veterans’ Services produced a video to honor the men and women who served their country. They are streaming it on their Facebook page.
It features the presentation of colors, a moment of silence, taps and speeches recognizing military members past and present.
“I hope everyone has an opportunity to remember today and to say thank you at some point in time to those veterans those men and women who have made so much possible for everyone else,” Gov. Charlie Baker said in the video.
In Foxboro, Patriots owner Robert Kraft laid a wreath at the Remembering Our Fallen Memorial at Patriot Place. The memorial is a tribute to all of the men and women who died in the War on Terror.
“It’s sad in many ways. Think of what it means to the families,” said Kraft. “And to all the families out there that have lost a loved one to the War on Terror, you have our warmest regards and respect. We are with you today.”
In Boston, three in-person events with coronavirus restrictions were held, each with the theme of “Heroes in our Neighborhood.”
The first service was held at 9 a.m. at the Fitzgerald VFW Post on East 4th Street in South Boston.
“Had to come, no matter what. Had to come. That’s what we do,” said James McCarthy of VFW Post 561.
The second was a commemoration at the Puerto Rican Monument on Washington Street in the South End at 1 p.m.
The third ceremony was a dedication at the intersection of Mapleton and Market Streets in Brighton to honor Thomas Redgate. He was a World War II and Korean War veteran whose remains were identified earlier this year after being missing in action for 70 years. Mayor Walsh will led the event.
The mayor also joined a virtual celebration for veterans at the German Center in West Roxbury.
“Boston thanks you for your service. Our city and our country owe you a debt of gratitude,” Walsh said in the video. “Your sacrifices are the reason why we enjoy the freedoms we have today, and that is something we will never take for granted.”