Nov. 11, 17-18
Foster: "USO Camp Shows," Swamp Meadow Community Theatre, South Foster Volunteer Fire Station Hall, 5 Mount Hygeia Rd. World War II-themed show pays homage to armed forces. Dinner by Harmony Kitchen (BYOB). Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m.; Nov. 11, 18 at 1 p.m. Reservations required; tickets must be purchased one week in advance. $30, military/veteran $20. swampmeadow.org.
Bristol: Rhode Island Veterans Home, 480 Metacom Ave., Bristol. Wreath laying at the Honor Roll Garden next to the Burnside Building, Hope Street, 8:30 a.m. Memorial service at veterans home chapel, 10 a.m. Ceremony at Main Galley of the home, 11:30 a.m. Keynote speaker is Lt. Col. Christopher Hoover, executive officer, Naval Justice School, Newport. Military honors by the Bristol Train of Artillery.
Burrillville: Allied Veterans Council Memorial Service, Veterans Park, Pascoag. 11 a.m.
Central Falls: World War I Centennial Remembrance, Veterans Memorial Park, 416 Hunt St. 10:30 a.m. Bells will toll with other communities across the nation to honor those who served in World War I.
Cranston: Park View Veterans Day 5k Run/Walk and One-Mile Kids Run, starts and finishes at Roger Williams Park, Park Avenue entrance (across from Park View Middle School). newenglandruns.com/event/park-view-veterans-day-5k/ or runscore.runsignup.com/Race/RI/Cranston/ParkViewVeteransDay. Race-day registration and pickup begins at 7 a.m. Kids Run begins at 8:30 a.m. (open to children 12 and younger) and 5K, at 9:30 a.m. $30. Proceeds benefit Operation Stand Down Rhode Island and Park View Middle School programs.
Exeter: Special Forces Association Memorial Service, Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, 301 South County Trail (Route 2), at the Special Forces Memorial, 8 a.m. Brunch afterward at the Homestead Restaurant, 750 South County Trail, Route 2, Exeter.
East Greenwich: Collegium Ancora: "Beneath the Armor," choral music of war and peace. collegiumancora.org/concerts or beneaththearmor.brownpapertickets.com. $20, veterans/active military $15, students $10. Varnum Memorial Armory, 6 Main St. 4 p.m.
East Greenwich: Parade begins at 1 p.m. at Academy Field, 121 Peirce St., proceeds to First Avenue for wreath laying at corner of Cliff Street, proceeds north on Main Street to the Town Hall, for closing ceremonies. In case of rain, a ceremony will be held inside Swift Community Center, 121 Peirce St. Family and friends of veterans and all veterans not marching with another parade group invited to join parade. Marchers should assemble at Academy Field by 12:30 p.m. No rain date. Jack Kelly, 789-7667; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newport: Candlelight Concert of Remembrance: Zabriskie Memorial Church of Saint John the Evangelist, Washington and Willow streets, Newport. 848-2561, saintjohns-newport.org, thechoirschoolri.org. In observance of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, featuring Douglas Guest's "For the Fallen" and Brahms' "A German Requiem." With professional choristers of the Choir School of Newport County, St. John's Adult Choir, Trinity Church Choir and guests Eden Casteel, soprano; Dennis Ryan, baritone; Melissa Woolverton and John Norigian, duo pianists; Charles Kalajian, tympani; Grant Randall, trombone; Giles Brightwell, organ/conductor, and Peter Stoltzfus Berton, conductor. 4 p.m. $15, seniors/students $10.
Newport: Veterans Day Remembrance, in observance of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St. 847-0675, emmanuelnewport.org. Guest preacher is Cmdr. Micah Sybor; guest officiant is the Rev. Norman MacLeod. Remembrance includes tolling of the bells. Veterans and active-duty service members and their families especially invited. 8 and 10 a.m. Free parking in lot across from church.
North Kingstown: Commemoration Ceremony in honor of the World War I Centennial begins at 10:30 a.m., Town Hall Annex, Brown Street, with a procession of color guards moving to the World War I Memorial, Updike Park, Wickford Village. Program includes ringing a bell 21 times at 11 a.m. and the reading of the names inscribed on the monument during a wreath laying at the site. Keynote speaker is retired navy commander Sean Henseler. Presentation to the family of World war I veteran Jesse Whaley. 398-2358. Rain or shine.
Portsmouth: Ceremony at Portsmouth Town Hall, 220 East Main Rd., 9 a.m. Prof. Richard James Norton talks about the World War I centennial. Outdoor wreath laying after ceremony. americanlegionpost18ri.homestead.com. Bells of Peace Ceremony at Thriving Tree Coffee House, 706 Park Ave., 11 a.m. Attendees asked to assemble no later than 10:45 in preparation for the tolling of a bell 21 times at 11 a.m.
Providence: Ceremony, St. Pius V Church, 55 Elmhurst St. Veterans' plaques unveiling at 10 a.m. Mass followed by bell ringing from the church carillon at 11 a.m. Brief reception in church hall features displays of several St. Pius veterans from World War I and succeeding conflicts. 751-4871.
South Kingstown: Rededication ceremony for Spanish-American War, Civil War and World War I veterans, Hazard School, Columbia and School streets, 11 a.m. Parade steps off at 1 p.m. on Holley Street behind Old Mountain Lanes.
West Warwick: Memorial Service at Veterans Memorial Park, 2 Legion Way. 9:30 a.m. Speaker is John Parkhurst, a retired hospital corpsman master chief with the Navy.
Woonsocket: Ceremony at United Veterans Armed Forces Park, Davison Avenue. 11 a.m. 767-9282.
New Bedford: Bell ringing ceremony, 11 a.m., New Bedford Main Library, 613 Pleasant St., in commemoration the signing of the Armistice. Parade participants gather at Rockdale Avenue and Union Street (Buttonwood Park) at 10:30 a.m. and step off at 11 a.m., march east on Union Street, turn north onto County Street, east onto William Street to the reviewing stand in front the Main Library, Pleasant and William streets, for a service.
Foster: Observance, Town Memorial, Eddy Building, 6 South Killingly Rd., 11 a.m. Event moves to Foster Center Fire Department, Foster Center Road, if it rains. All welcome.
Newport: Ceremony on the front lawn of Newport City Hall, 43 Broadway, at 11 a.m. Rain site is Council Chamber, 2nd floor. Miantonomi Park Tower, Admiral Kalbfus Road and Hillside Avenue; the 100-foot stone tower built as a memorial to veterans of World War I will be open in observance of Veterans Day. The interior stone steps lead to a narrow metal staircase that ascends to the top observation deck. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 1-3:30 p.m. 845-5437. Free.
North Kingstown: Remembrance Wreath Laying Ceremonies, Civil War Memorial, North Kingstown Town Hall grounds, 80 Boston Neck Rd., and at Veterans Memorial Park, 9:30 a.m. Parade steps off at 10 a.m. from Wilson Park, then proceeds along West Main and Brown streets through Wickford village to Boston Neck Road and on to Fairway Drive for concluding ceremonies at North Kingstown High School at 11 a.m. In case of rain, 9:30 a.m. wreath-laying ceremonies go on as planned and the conclusion of the day's observance takes place at 11 a.m. at Updike Park, Wickford Village. 398-2358.
Pawtucket: Plaques ceremony, 11 a.m., Vietnam War Memorial, Armistice Boulevard entrance to Slater Park. Families of James Cavanaugh, William Moore III and Robert Renaud participating.
Providence: "Veterans, College Hill and Beyond," panel discussion with Sen. Jack Reed, moderated by Benjamin Cassidy, a retired Marine Corps colonel and commissioner, American Battle Monuments Commission, at Brown University's Kasper Auditorium, Faunce House, 75 Waterman St., 10:30-11:30 a.m. Procession begins at noon at the flagpole on university's Main Green, Waterman, Brown and George streets, then proceeds to the Soldier's Arch, Ruth J. Simmons Quad, for a ceremony. "Honor a Veteran" slideshow afterward.
Scituate: Parade forms at 10 a.m. at Berkander Field and Institute Lane and steps off at 10:30 a.m. onto Danielson Pike (Route 6), proceeding to Silk Lane to West Greenville Road (Route 116) to the steps of the Old Historical Congregational Church for a ceremony commemorating veterans of the Vietnam War and Vietnam War era and their families. In case of rain, ceremonies will be be held in the North Scituate Community House adjacent to the church. 647-2290.
Bristol: A Veterans Affair — Festival of Trees: Rhode Island Veterans Home, 480 Metacom Ave., Bristol. 339-1659. Celebration featuring food, music, silent auction. Guests include George Mendonsa (The Kissing Sailor), Sen. Jack Reed, a Gold Star family and a video acceptance from actor and veteran Gary Sinise. Music by Ritchie Price. Installation of "Hands of Our Heroes" by Bristol Art Museum. 6-9 p.m. Tickets $50, 339-1659. Benefit for veterans home residents and their families.
Providence: World War II Stories, Wingate Residences, 353 Blackstone Blvd. Charles Sweigart shares stories based on his father's experience fighting in Normandy during World War II. 2 p.m. Free. RSVP: 273-6565.
Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra: Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence. 248-7000, riphil.org. "Armistice Centennial," works by Beethoven, Elgar and Vaughan Williams. Christopher Warren-Green conducting and featuring cellist Colin Carr; The Providence Singers, Christine Noel directing, with soprano Mary Wilson and baritone Andrew Garland. Nov. 16: Open rehearsal. 5:30 p.m. Nov. 17: Taco Classical Concert. 8 p.m. Tickets from $15.
Cranston: Rhode Island Aviation Hall of Fame Ceremony and Dinner, Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 2115 Broad St. 398-1000, 831-8696; riahof.org. Reception 5:30 p.m., dinner 6:30 p.m. followed by program. $60.
Fall River: Veterans Expo, Bristol Community College, 777 Elsbree St. Information about healthcare, education benefits, pension and survivors' benefits and learn about nonprofit organizations that assist veterans. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cheryl Belisle, Department of Veterans Affairs, 223-3700, or Beth Vezina, Bristol Community College, (508) 678-2811, ext. 2093, providence.va.gov.
West Greenwich: Veterans Day Tribute, Coventry-West Greenwich Elks #2285, 42 Nooseneck Hill Rd. 397-3700. Sat. Social hour 1 p.m., luncheon 2 p.m. Keynote speaker will be Brig. Gen Kimberly Baumann, assistant adjutant general, Rhode Island Air National Guard. Music by the 88th Army Band. RSVP by Nov. 10. Lori Ashness, 573-5063; Bev Swanson, 527-7700.
Providence: Aurea Ensemble Concert, St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 50 Orchard Ave., Providence. aureaensemble.org. "Anthem," a remembrance of The Great War through chamber music, letters and poetry of the era. 3 p.m. $30, seniors $25, students $10.
— Jan Flanagan