For Veterans Day, two new plaques have been installed at the Iraq-Afghanistan Memorial behind the Old North Church, courtesy of The Soldiers Fund. One plaque describes the dog tags as representing each American serviceperson who lost their life in the wars (the count currently stands at 6,970). The second plaque, a bronze poppy wreath, honors servicepersons from the British Commonwealth that have died.
In preparation for Veterans Day, we installed two new plaques and a bronze poppy wreath in our Memorial Garden, commemorating soldiers who have lost their lives in service of freedom and liberty. As a reminder, we are offering free admission to military and veterans this Sun-Mon! pic.twitter.com/XnQM3uNvPL
— Old North (@OldNorth1723) November 7, 2018
The plaques will be formally unveiled at a ceremony on Saturday, November 17 at 10:00 am. Participants in the ceremony include: General (ret.) Martin Dempsey, former Joint Chief of Staff, and General (ret.) Sir Mike Jackson, former British Chief of the General Staff.
On Veterans Day weekend, The Old North Church will be offering veterans free admission to the church Saturday through Monday. [North End residents are always free with I.D.]
On Saturday, the church will be holding its annual brass polishing party from 9:00 to noon. Volunteers polish the two three-hundred year old brass chandeliers and twelve brass sconces. Believe it or not, this is a wild popular party.
On Sunday, November 11 at 11:00 a.m. the church will co-host a Remembrance Sunday service with the British Officer’s Club of New England. At the conclusion of the service, the MIT Guild of Bellringers will ring a full peal of bells (about three hours long) in honor of the one hundredth anniversary of the end of the Great War.