Nahant to honor 120 veterans who served between 1955 and 1975

NAHANT — A Town Hall veterans ceremony on Nov. 6 will mirror an ongoing nation-wide campaign to salute Americans who served in the military between 1955 and 1975. 

Scheduled from 6-7 p.m., the ceremony in Town Hall’s main room will center on presenting 120 Nahant veterans who served in the Vietnam War and in the years leading up to the war with lapel pins.

The ceremony will also honor the family of Richard Davis, a town resident killed in the Vietnam War, with a certificate of honor. Town Veteran Service Officer Jonathan Lazar said U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, a Marine Corps veteran, has been invited to the ceremony. 

“We fervently hope that our invited special guests will be able to join us and participate in the event,” Lazar said. 

Launched this year, Small Town-USA 50th Anniversary Vietnam War commemorations have been hosted in more than 16,000 American cities and towns and honored more than 3 million veterans.

“Nahant is now ready to do the same,” Lazar said. 

The commemoration recognizes all servicemen and servicewomen who served on active duty in the U.S. armed forces between Nov. 1, 1955 and May 15, 1975. No distinction is made between veterans who served in Vietnam or in other locations during that time period. 

In preparation for the Nov. 6 ceremony and upcoming Veterans Day ceremonies, local veterans weeded and spruced up the veterans monument in Greenlawn Cemetery on Oct. 19.

Lazar thanked local American Legion veterans and Wayne Noonan and Jean Lucantonio for helping to organize the Nov. 6 ceremony. The ceremony will be followed by a social gathering at the Nahant American Legion located in the Nahant Life Saving Station.


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