Veterans Day

Thursday, November 11, Veterans Day, Lexington joins Americans all over the country in paying tribute to our Veterans, thanking them for their service.

The Town Celebrations Committee thanks the following for their donations to our Veterans:

  • Carnations from Wilson Farm
  • Box lunches from Artis Senior Living of Lexington
  • 60 handmade cards by students, members of the Never Fading Poppy Project
  • Two complimentary tickets from the Planning Committee of the AAPI to the History Inclusion benefit concert on Veterans Day

Veterans Day began as Armistice Day on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War 1. It became a legal holiday in 1938, as a day "dedicated to the cause of world peace" and to honor the veterans of the Great War. In 1954, after America had fought both World War II and the Korean War, Congress changed the name to Veterans Day, a day to pay tribute to all veterans who have honorably served in war or peacetime.

2021 Veterans Day

In 2021, we celebrated Veterans Day with a parade, as well as essays, posters and art work by our high school students.

Second Annual Veterans Auto Parade

Thursday, November 11 at 1 pm.

Bring your waves, flags and smiles to the parade route along Massachusetts Avenue to greet the veterans.*

Parade Features

  • Grand Marshal James Silva, Army Air Corps World War II and Korea will lead fellow Veterans in the parade. Read about James Silva's Army service.
  • Veterans Day Parade Classic CarsClassic Cars
  • Lexington Minute Men Float
  • Veterans Motorcycle Group
  • At the Battle Green:
  • Lexington High School Band
  • Scout Troops
  • Police Department Honor Guard
  • Fire Department Honor Guard

Parade Route

  • Begins at the Community Center
  • Travels along Massachusetts Avenue through the town center
  • Passes the green
  • Ends in front of St. Brigid's Church

Scout Troops will decorate veterans' cars with their military branches of service and place an American flag on a car window of each vehicle before leaving the Community Center.

The Veterans Auto Parade will assemble at The Community Center at 12:30 pm and depart at 1 pm, proceeding into the Town Center, turning left at the Minuteman Statue where the Lexington High School Parade Band will play and Honor Guards will render a salute.

"Please come out and show your support for our veterans, it is such a worthwhile event," says Glen Bassett, Team Leader for the parade. "We encourage spectators, however, to remember that COVID-19 is still a dangerous threat. Please take care to social distance and to wear a mask if you are unvaccinated or unable to social distance while watching the parade."

Join us - we look forward to seeing you there.

High School Students' Essays, Posters & Art Displays

Lexington High School Student Essays & Art Displays

Lexington High School (LHS) juniors will be observing Veterans Day by writing essays honoring our veterans. This year's theme is "Thank you for your service," and students may either write an essay about a veteran or an essay about the meaning of the day.

Michael Egbert, 11th-grade social studies teacher at LHS, is once again the liaison on this project. The committee is appreciative of Michael's support and the participation of LHS students in what has become an important part of TCC's Veterans Day program. Essays will be compiled in booklet form and a PDF version will be published on the Town website.

Lexington High School students will also participate by creating a piece of artwork in accordance with the theme, in the art form of their choice. LHS art teacher Alethea Roy is coordinating the project with the help of staff members, April Maloney and Deb Hankins.

Minuteman Technical High School Students

We are pleased to welcome new participants Minuteman Technical High School students to the Veterans Day program this year. They are creating posters about a veteran or about the meaning of Veterans Day. This work is being coordinated by Multimedia Engineering Instructor, Drew O'Connors.

The artwork from both schools will be on display in Lexington retailers' windows.