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Bellingham Library to Host 5th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony
Bellingham Library to Host 5th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony

The public is invited to the fifth annual Veterans Day ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. at the Bellingham Library. The ceremony, coordinated by Jim Hastings of the Bellingham Memorial & Veterans Day Committee, will open with a presentation of the colors by the Blackstone Valley Young Marines, and conclude with a wreath-laying and the playing of taps at the library flagpole.
Opening remarks will be delivered by Sam Cowell, a Bellingham High School graduate, current Bellingham resident and U.S Army veteran. Cowell served in the Army as a Russian linguist. While in Korea he was selected as solider of the year for the 8th Army. He is a teacher in the Medfield school system and coaches youth sports in Bellingham.
The guest speaker is Sergeant Kenneth Morell, a Bellingham native. He graduated from Bellingham High School in 1986 and joined the Army. He served from 1986 to 1990 in the 75th Airborne Ranger Battalion. He is a combat veteran of the Panama “Operation Just Cause” where he parachuted at night from 500 feet . He completed the Army Best Ranger Competition, as seen on television each year. He then served in the National Guard from 1990-1999. A graduate of UMass-Dartmouth with a bachelors degree in marketing, he’s married and lives in Easton. He is the co-owner of Rapid Results Realty and Owner of Home Buyers 4 You, a building and renovation firm.
First known as Armistice Day, Veterans Day was originally a holiday to honor the end of World War I. In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean Conflict, Congress, at the urging of veterans service organizations, amended the 1938 Armistice Day legislation to change the word Armistice to Veterans. On June 1, 1954, the legislation was passed, and each year since, November 11 is the day to honor American veterans of all wars.