Veteran’s Day

To The American Legion Family –


For future communications – anything preceded by “ ***** ”  indicates there is an Actionable Item – and not just an informational one – thank you for your attention to these – “many hands make light work”.


Town Meeting Tonight – reminder from an earlier email

***** Attend & Support  Article 8 – Town Employees in the Reserves or Guard are covered for normal drill and two weeks of training per year – they ARE NOT yet covered in the case of long deployments. We should, at the very least, show appreciation of their commitments to serve. We also need to compensate these men and women by extending the agreement we already have with them to accommodate a long deployment.


Veterans Day / Weekend – list of events below

The entire weekend’s worth of events are listed out at end of this email.


Senior (Thanksgiving) Dinner – November 20th

***** Volunteers needed – please contact me for options

This annual event is a joint VFW / American Legion event supporting the seniors in our community for Thanksgiving Dinner held at the Legion – this has always been one of the most talked about events tying us with the Bedford Community


Raffle Tickets –  $300 First Place Prize

***** drop off your $ and ticket stubs at the Legion – drawing on the 21st.  You should have already received the tickets in the mail – these are a win/win for all of us, as the proceeds go to cover the costs of the Senior Dinner


Annual Turkey Shoot / Raffle – November 21st

***** need American Legion volunteers to assist in this effort We’re raffling off 25 TURKEYS – Door Prize, 50/50 and plenty of fun – including the drawing for the Senior Raffle Prizes – come on down for food, fun, and frolic (what does frolic mean anyway ???)

Children Christmas – December 10th

Already in coordination – another community event – and it’s for the kids…..


Membership – have you paid your dues for 2017 ?

Thank you if you have done so already.


Some events our members have attended recently – bringing our presence, commitment, and the resolve of Post 221’s American Legion Family:

  • Lexington Veterans Day Breakfast
  • ANG and National Guard Retirement Ceremonies @ HAFB
  • Fall Festival @ the Bedford VA Hospital
  • Governor’s Council for Female Veterans
  • Veteran Day – wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Washington DC


Thank you to all members who make the extra commitment needed to reach our obligations, good will, and Patriotic examples in assisting Veterans in our Community.


It is an absolute pleasure and honor to be your Commander.  In this month of thanksgiving, I want you all to know that I am truly thankful for this opportunity to be associated with such a great organization of men and women – you make my job easy !





VETERANS DAY / WEEKEND list of events in Bedford

11th Month, 11th Day, 11th Hour – US Flag Raising Ceremony

Friday, November 11 at 11 pm, at Veterans Memorial Park

Prior to the Noontime Veterans Day Ceremony, an Hanscom Airforce Base Security Honor Guard along with many members of the local community, will raise the US Flag at 11:00A in memory of Armistice Day.


The Town of Bedford’s Official Ceremony 
Friday, November 11 at 12 Noon, at Veterans Memorial Park

Please join us in honoring all veterans who served their country with honor in peacetime and in war. Town ceremonies begin at 12 PM at Veterans Memorial Park on the Great Road (next to Bedford Funeral Home). Ceremony will last about an hour and will include opening prayer, pledge of allegiance, patriotic sing along, speakers, and a presentation of a special Veterans Memorial Wreath of Honor. Attendees are invited to remember a special veteran in their lives by placing a flag on the Veterans Memorial Wreath of Honor and sharing the name and military service of the honored veteran. Singing of our National Anthem, firing of volleys by Bedford HS ROTC, the sounding of TAPS by Bedford HS band members and a closing prayer will conclude our ceremonies.

Note: In case of heavy rains, outside park activities will be canceled and will be moved to the Bedford High School auditorium.

Patriotic Luminary Observation

Friday, November 11 at dusk, at Veterans Memorial Park

Join us for a quiet appreciation of those who never seek to gain credit for themselves, those who leave families and friends in service to our country, those men and women who act and not speak……  This is an illuminating appreciation for those we call Veterans.


Veterans Day Dance
Friday, Nov 11, from 7 until 11 pm at the Bedford American Legion

Light supper, DJ, Dancing – $10 tickets at the door.


Special showing of Restrepo
Saturday, November 12 at 10 am, at the Lexington Venue Cinema – Hosted by First Parish in Bedford


A Salute to Gold Star Families
Sunday, November 13 at 10 am, at First Parish, Unitarian Universalist, on Bedford Common


Acclaimed Author Sebastian Junger
Sunday, November 13 at 2 pm, at First Parish, Unitarian Universalist, on Bedford Common


54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment
Sunday, November 13 at 2 pm, at the American Legion Post 221

The Bedford Historical Society in conjunction with American Legion Post 221 located at 357 The Great Road in Bedford is pleased to host a program about the 54th Mass. Infantry Regiment. This event will be held on Sunday, Nov. 13 and is presented by the 54th Mass. Infantry Regiment re-enactors. The program is free and open to the public.