Operation Flags for Vets: on view until Nov. 19, flags on all graves at Massachusetts National Veterans Cemetery, Bourne. Program sponsored by SFC Jared C. Monti Charitable Foundation, established in memory of a Medal of Honor recipient killed in action in 2006 in Afghanistan.
Volunteers willing to help remove the flags should come to cemetery at 10 a.m. Nov. 19.
Fifth annual Field of Honor:
Friday through Sunday, with dedication ceremony at noon Sunday; Johnny Kelley Recreation Area, Old Bass River Road, South Dennis; hundreds of 8-foot-tall flags honor personal heroes, ranging from active military personnel and veterans to police officers and firefighters to community volunteers. Hosted by Baker-Xiarhos AmVets Post 333 of Cape Cod, benefiting Operation Delta Dog and Emerald Hollow Therapeutic Center.
Veterans Day blood drive: noon to 6 p.m. Friday, John Wesley United Methodist Church, 270 Gifford St., Falmouth.
Musical salute to veterans:
“Greatest Generation Show,” featuring patriotic songs from World War II era, 2:30 p.m. Friday, Osterville Village Library, 43 Wianno Ave. Presented by Victrola Society. Free.
Patriotic songs: North Side String Band, 3 p.m. Friday, Yarmouth Port Library, 297 Main St., in honor of Veterans Day and 100th anniversary of U.S. entry into World War I. Free.
Veterans Day breakfast: 8 a.m. Saturday, complimentary breakfast buffet for veterans at Flying Bridge Restaurant, 220 Scranton Ave, Falmouth; hosted by Sam and Judy Lorusso, Robert and Val Zammito, William and Linda Zammer, and Falmouth Chamber of Commerce.
Barnstable Veterans Town Hall:
Combat veterans will each offer 10-minute testimonies about their experiences at war and the impact on them. Event will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Barnstable Town Hall, sponsored by Cape and Islands Veterans Outreach Center. Free and open to public.
Military Appreciation Event: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Cape Cod Harley-Davidson, 750 MacArthur Blvd., Pocasset. Collection for Cape Cod Cares for the Troops care packages, barbecue, music and opportunity to sign cards to be sent to troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Annual Veterans Day Service of Remembrance and Healing: Service at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Church, 3055 Route 6A, will feature patriotic music by organist Chris Babcock. The Rev. Dr. Libby Gibson will be keynote speaker. A Litany of Healing will be offered, and a reception will follow in the parish hall. Veterans and members of the military are invited to wear their uniforms or any symbols of their service.
Veterans Day program: 7 p.m.
Saturday at Eastham United Methodist Church, Route 6; will feature music, a speaker and a time of sharing. The public is invited.
“Battle Lines: Poetry and Music of World War I”: Retired Judge Gregory Williams and pianist Jacqueline Schwab will present poetry and period music as a “meditation on the horrors of World War I and beyond — to our times,” with piper Sarah Marchio, at 7 p.m. Saturday at 1717 Meetinghouse, 2049 Meetinghouse Way (Route 149), West Barnstable, and 3 p.m. Sunday at First Congregational Church of Chatham, 650 Main St.
Suggested donation at both venues: $ 15 ($ 10 students/ seniors 62 or over); free for veterans.
Veterans breakfast: 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Orleans-Eastham Elks Lodge, 10 McKoy Road, Eastham. Free for veterans. $ 7, $ 4 ages 4-9, free under age 4.
Barnstable: Town of Barnstable parade, at 10 a.m. Friday, leaves from Hyannis Village Green on Main Street, proceeds down South Street to Old Colony Road then up to Main Street and back to the green; Veterans Day program immediately afterward at bandstand on the green will include musical performances and laying of wreaths.
Brewster: Ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday at Brewster Council on Aging, 1673 Main St. Speakers will include U.S. Army veteran Felix Banis; U.S. Navy veteran Stephanie Helm; state Rep. Timothy Whelan, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran; and the Rev. Alan Wilmot, a retired U.S. Navy chaplain. Honor guards from Brewster VFW Post 9917, Boy Scout Troop 77 and the Brewster police and fire departments will take part.
Music provided by elementary school bands.
Chatham: Ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday at Chatham Community Center, 702 Main St., will feature Jo Ann Sprague as keynote speaker. Participants will include members of Chatham VFW and American Legion, the Ladies and Men’s auxiliaries to Chatham VFW, Chatham Coast Guard, the Coast Guard Auxiliary and Scouting organizations.
Falmouth: Ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday on Falmouth Public Library lawn, 300 Main St., will feature retired Coast Guard Cmdr. Carissa April as keynote speaker. Local officials, police and fire department and Coast Guard color or honor guards, school and community choruses and Scouting organizations will also take part. Refreshments will follow at Falmouth Elks Lodge, 140 Palmer Ave.
Harwich: Ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday at Island Pond Cemetery will feature Marine Corps Staff Sgt. W. Matthew Hart as guest speaker, music and prayers and Harwich Scouts leading the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mashpee: Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday with march down Great Neck Road North and into Veterans Garden in Community Park. Speakers will include Town Manager Rodney C. Collins, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council Chairman Cedric Cromwell and Mashpee Board of Selectmen Chairman Thomas F. O’Hara.
Orleans: Ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday at war memorial across from Methodist Church at Academy Place will include Nauset Regional Middle School band and chorus, veterans from American Legion Post 308 and Orleans police and fire department honor guards.
Provincetown: Ceremony to lay wreaths in water off MacMillan Pier, 10 a.m. Saturday, followed at 11 by gathering at Veterans Memorial monument at corner of Ryder and Bradford streets behind Town Hall. Police Department honor guard will provide rifle salute. Event coordinated with various Lower Cape veterans organizations, including Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts.
Truro: Ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday in gallery at Truro Senior Center, 7 Standish Way in North Truro. Photographs, narratives and mementos from town residents who have served in the Armed Forces will be on display. Refreshments will be served.