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PHOTOS: Hopkinton’s Veterans Day Candlelight Ceremony

  • Sonar technician submarines chief Sandy Bender listens to one of the speakers while at the Hopkinton Veterans Day Candlelight Ceremony at Civil War Park on November 11, 2013. Bender, along with Hopkinton police chief Steve Pecora, also a Marine sergeant, have helped organize the event from its inception in 2007. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Sonar technician submarines chief Sandy Bender listens to one of the speakers while at the Hopkinton Veterans Day Candlelight Ceremony at Civil War Park on November 11, 2013. Bender, along with Hopkinton police chief Steve Pecora, also a Marine sergeant, have helped organize the event from its inception in 2007.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • A crowd of more than 100 listens to the speakers at the Hopkinton Veterans Day Candlelight Ceremony at Civil War Park on November 11, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    A crowd of more than 100 listens to the speakers at the Hopkinton Veterans Day Candlelight Ceremony at Civil War Park on November 11, 2013.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Cameron Burgess, 8, waits as his mom Kim lights his candle before the Hopkinton Veterans Day Candlelight Ceremony at Civil War Park in Hopkinton on Monday, November 11, 2013. Burgess was part of a group of cub scouts that read a Japanese proverb together during the ceremony. "Fall down seven times, stand up eight," they said in unison into the microphone. <br/> <br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Cameron Burgess, 8, waits as his mom Kim lights his candle before the Hopkinton Veterans Day Candlelight Ceremony at Civil War Park in Hopkinton on Monday, November 11, 2013. Burgess was part of a group of cub scouts that read a Japanese proverb together during the ceremony. "Fall down seven times, stand up eight," they said in unison into the microphone.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Sonar technician submarines chief Sandy Bender listens to one of the speakers while at the Hopkinton Veterans Day Candlelight Ceremony at Civil War Park on November 11, 2013. Bender, along with Hopkinton police chief Steve Pecora, also a Marine sergeant, have helped organize the event from its inception in 2007. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • A crowd of more than 100 listens to the speakers at the Hopkinton Veterans Day Candlelight Ceremony at Civil War Park on November 11, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Cameron Burgess, 8, waits as his mom Kim lights his candle before the Hopkinton Veterans Day Candlelight Ceremony at Civil War Park in Hopkinton on Monday, November 11, 2013. Burgess was part of a group of cub scouts that read a Japanese proverb together during the ceremony. "Fall down seven times, stand up eight," they said in unison into the microphone. <br/> <br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

At 4:38pm, more than 100 people stood silently in Civil War Park in Hopkinton and listened to the bells of St. Andrews Episcopal and First Congregational churches ring. For the last seven years, the mission of the Hopkinton Candlelight Ceremony has been the same: to honor the veterans of the American armed forces with reverence. But every year, organizers Sandy Bender, a a Navy officer, and town police chief Steve Pecora, a Marine, try to add something new to the program, usually to include younger kids. The ceremony included a VFW Color Guard, a performance by the Hopkinton High School choir and readings by veterans.

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