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Out & About: Veterans Day 2019

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  • Following a Veterans Day parade, Dino Vlahakis, of Lebanon, N.H., listens to a ceremony in Colburn Park in Lebanon on Nov. 11, 2018. Vlahakis was a naval aviator during the cold war. He is the historian for the American Legion Guyer-Carignan Post 22, and was taking photographs at the event. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Valley News Calendar Editor
Published: 11/2/2019 10:22:59 PM
Modified: 11/7/2019 2:29:51 PM

When she was an undergraduate student at American University in Washington D.C., Lauren Mabie saw a display of American flags that represented veterans who died by suicide.

She learned from a friend who is a veteran that 22 veterans per day died by suicide, a figure the Department of Veterans Affairs has since revised to 17.

It inspired Mabie, then a Brattleboro resident, to start a 22-mile march to raise awareness about veteran suicide. This year, Mabie, now a Vermont Law School student, is bringing the Veterans Suicide Prevention March to the Upper Valley. The walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10, at the White River VA Medical Center, go along the VA Cutoff Road to Route 4 to Lebanon and end back at the VA. The event will be held rain or shine.

“Just since I learned that stat in college, I felt this was an issue that there was some public awareness lacking on,” Mabie said. “That’s been my main goal. To raise awareness for people who don’t know that this is such a big issue.”

People can march for the whole 22 miles or join the group for a portion of the event. Participants must bring their own water and snacks. Advance registration is encouraged by contacting Mabie at 1-802-338-6580.

“If anyone has a personal connection or family member who committed suicide, we usually either carry a sign with their name on it or carry a picture and pass it between ourselves,” Mabie said.

Passersby are encouraged to honk their horns in support.

Additional Veterans Day events

Vietnam veterans panel discussion
in Hanover

Monday, Nov. 4, 8-10 p.m.

Dartmouth College, Filene Auditorium, 3 Maynard St.


Four Vietnam vets and a volunteer briefly discuss their participation in the war that changed America. The majority of the evening will be devoted to questions from the audience, in particular Dartmouth students who are currently studying the war. 603-863-1178.

Veterans Day poppy project
in Woodstock

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1:30 p.m.

Thompson Senior Center, 99 Senior Lane.


Create small paper poppies for placement on a large wreath that will be displayed as part of a Veterans Day ceremony at the Thompson flagpole on Nov. 8. Call 802-457-3277 to sign up.



Veterans luncheon and ceremony
in Woodstock

Friday, Nov. 8, 11:45 a.m.

Thompson Senior Center, 99 Senior Lane.


Veterans are invited for a free lunch and a short ceremony around the flag, led by members of the American Legion. A group picture will be taken. Reservations required. 802-457-3277.

American Legion Post open house in Lyme

Saturday, Nov. 9, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

James H. Young Post 80, Lyme Village Road

Any veteran who served from Dec. 7, 1941 to the present and was honorably discharged is invited to learn about American Legion benefits and meet other area veterans. There will be a short Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. to remember those who have served in the armed forces. Light refreshments will be served around 12:30 p.m. James H. Young Post 80 is located on the hill behind the horse sheds. A dirt driveway is located to the right of the horse sheds and to the left of the Lyme House. 603-277-9448.

Veteran’s Day parade and ceremonies in Lebanon

Monday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m.

Colburn Park, North Park Street.

Lebanon, NH

A veterans’ breakfast (free to all veterans and their families) takes place from 8-10 a.m. at Guyer-Carignan American Legion Post 22 at 189 Mechanic St., followed by a parade and ceremonies in Colburn Park at 11 a.m. A luncheon follows at the American Legion Post for veterans and guests (must be 21 or older to attend). The Soldiers Memorial Building at 31 N. Park St. will be open from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 603-448-3429.

Veterans Day service in Claremont

Monday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m.

Claremont town common, Broad Street.


American Legion Post 29 conducts a ceremony to honor veterans, followed by lunch at the post at 119 Broad St. 603-867-8159.

Veterans Day celebration
in Perkinsville

Monday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m.

Veterans Memorial Park, Perkinsville Green.


A ceremony to remember and honor the dedication of service members, men and women, who have stood in harm’s way to protect our way of life. Free. 802-674-2626.

Veterans Day ceremony
in White River Junction

Monday, Nov. 11, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

VA Medical Center Freedom Building (44), 63 Veterans Drive.


A ceremony to honor all those who served. Music and light refreshments. 802-295-9363, ext. 5890.


Veterans Day celebration in Orford

Monday, Nov. 11, 11:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m.

Orford Community Church, 617 Route 10.


Meet-and-greet at the church from 11:30 a.m.-noon; luncheon and program in the church vestry from 12-12:45 p.m.; slide show, video and patriotic songs in the main church    from 12:45-1:30 p.m.; flag ceremony outside at the World War II monument from 1:30-1:45 p.m. 603-353-4364.

Veterans Day ceremony in South Royalton

Monday, Nov. 11, 12 p.m.

Vermont Law School, 164 Chelsea St.

The Veteran Law Students Association will conduct a brief ceremony at the Vermont Law School campus flagpole at noon, retiring the old flag and replacing it with a new one. A gathering in the Yates Common Room afterward includes refreshments and speakers on veterans' experiences. 631-707-1918.

Veterans Day drill
and retreat ceremony in Hanover

Monday, Nov. 11, 4:45-5:15 p.m.

Dartmouth green, East Wheelock Street.


The Baker Bells will play the hymns of the various services, followed by a formal drill and retreat ceremony at the campus flag conducted by the Dartmouth ROTC.

Dartmouth will commemorate Veterans Day with a series of additional events and programs. To view the full schedule, visit dartmouth.edu/veterans. 603-646-2923.

Veterans Day dinner in Canaan

Monday, Nov. 11, 5:45 p.m.

Cardigan Mountain School dining hall, 62 Alumni Drive

All veterans are invited for hors d'oeuvres, followed by dinner and visiting with Cardigan Mountain students. RSVP to Donna Fedele at dmfedele@cardigan.org. 603-523-4321.


Author event: Carl Rudolph Small
in Hartland

Thursday, Nov. 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Hartland Public Library, 153 Route 5.


Carl Rudolph Small talks about his book, Memories Unleashed: Vietnam Legacy.” A native of Quechee, Small is a retired entrepreneur and author of two books. He served for 13 months in Vietnam. 802-436-2473.

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