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Veterans Day across the North Shore

Saugus resident and veteran Stanley King salutes during a Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park in Saugus on Wednesday morning.

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Veterans Day across the North Shore

Karolann Chow, 8, left, and Meghan Frein, 8, both of Swampscott and members of Brownie Scout Troop 82215, look on during Swampscott's Veterans Day ceremony.

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Veterans Day across the North Shore

The Town of Swampscott held a small ceremony in commemoration of Veterans Day around the Swampscott War Veterans Lot in Swampscott Cemetery on Wednesday.

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Saugus resident and member of Saugus VFW Bill Boomhower watches a Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park in Saugus on Wednesday morning.

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Veterans Day across the North Shore

Ned Shinnick of the Irish American Police Officers Association plays "Amazing Grace" as the Swampscott Veterans Day ceremony closes on Wednesday.

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Veterans stand over engraved brick of fallen soldiers during a Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park in Saugus on Wednesday morning.

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Veterans Day across the North Shore

An American flag bow decorates the hair of Swampscott Girl Scout Karolann Chow, 8, as she looks on during the Swampscott Veterans Day ceremony on Wednesday.

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The car of Gold Star father Raymond Harris of Swampscott is adorned with memorabilia in honor of his daughter, Marine Capt. Jennifer Harris, who was killed while serving in Iraq.

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Ned Shinnick of the Irish American Police Officers Association plays "Amazing Grace" as the Swampscott Veterans Day ceremony closes on Wednesday.

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Joe Silva enjoy a quiet moment during Peabody's Veterans Day services Wednesday at City Hall.

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Veterans Day across the North Shore

Nearly seventy-nine years after being killed in action in World War 2, the name of Joseph Philip Sousa, Jr. was finally etched onto Peabody's World War 2 Memorial, just in time for Wednesday's Veteran's Day ceremony at City Hall.

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Even if the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic prevented traditional observances of Veterans Day, that didn’t stop the communities on the North Shore from finding ways to commemorate those who served in the country’s armed forces. Whether it was virtual, or live — with scaled down services — cities and towns in the area made…

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