MMA honors Veterans

Maritime Cadets march in NYC Veterans Parade

On Saturday, November 11, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy Regimental Band and Honor Guard (Seventh Company) marched in the New York City Veterans Day Parade, our nation’s largest event honoring service. This was the sixth time in the last ten years they have participated in the parade. The parade provides the public with the opportunity to salute our veterans and military and raises awareness for organizations working to serve their needs.

The parade runs through the heart of Manhattan, past NYC icons including the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Hundreds of thousands of spectators line the route to support our veterans.

Mass Maritime Band marches in NYC Veterans Day parade

This wasn’t the only time Massachusetts Maritime Academy has helped honor our Veterans recently. The MMA Honor Guard presented colors at a memorial service put on by the Wareham-New Bedford Lodge and Massachusetts Elks Association at the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall on August 20th, in Wareham. The Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall - a half-size replica of the Washington, D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial - has been touring the country for more than 30 years. The monument contains the names of more than 50,000 American service personnel who died in or because of their service, during the Vietnam War in the 1960s and 70s. From Aug. 17 through 21, Wareham had the honor of displaying this scaled-down replica located at the Andersson Track, across from Wareham Middle School.

7th Company averages 50 engagements a year, not including Academy on campus formations and ceremonies. Visit the 7th Company Band and Honor Guard website to learn more about more information on their upcoming events and how to support.