5 Things You Need To Know Today in Worcester - November 11

 by TWIW StaffNovember 11, 2021

In today’s daily 5 Things You Need to Know feature, ThisWeekinWorcester.com explores five important items and stories that Worcester and Central Massachusetts residents should keep a close eye on.

These five things can cover a whole range of subjects and issues that we feel are pertinent to understanding what’s going on in the city and the cities and towns surrounding Worcester.

In today’s edition - Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11 - the 68th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony event schedule, airlines at Worcester Regional Airport support Veterans Inc., Rocco's Doughnut Company offers free coffee and a doughnut for all current and former military personnel, 1,000 frozen turkeys donated to the Worcester County Food Bank and Dunkin' announces hot chocolate bombs at select retailers.

The 68th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony in Worcester

The City of Worcester, Veterans Inc. and the Worcester Veterans Council host the 68th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony and 104th Annual Observance of Armistice Day on Thursday, November 11, with events from 8:30 AM until 1 PM.

  • Pancake Breakfast - 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    • Veterans Inc. at 69 Grove Street
  • Veterans’ Day Parade - starts at 11 AM
    • Begins at Lancaster Street and Grove Street
    • Ends at the Whispering Wall at Lincoln Square
  • Wreath Laying Ceremony - 12 PM
    • Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans' Memorial
    • Green Hill Park, Green Hill Parkway
  • Wreath Laying Ceremony 1 PM
    • Korean War Memorial
    • 52 Foster Street

Worcester Airport and Airlines Support Veterans Inc.

The Massachusetts Port Authority [Massport] announced on Wednesday, November 10, that JetBlue, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines each donated two round-trip airfare vouchers to support Veteran’s Inc. and its mission. The airlines are also taking part in a food drive to benefit Veterans Inc.’s food pantry.

Veterans Inc. is the largest provider of support services for veterans in New England and received national recognition for its clinical model for treating homelessness.

All three airlines have recently restarted commercial service at Worcester Regional Airport [ORH] after suspending operations due to the pandemic. Customers can once again take advantage of daily, nonstop service between Worcester Regional Airport [ORH] and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport [JFK], Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport [FLL], Philadelphia International Airport [PHL], and New York’s LaGuardia Airport LGA].

Free Coffee and Doughnut for Veterans at Rocco’s

Rocco’s Doughnut Company honors Veteran’s Day on Thursday, November 11, with a free offer.

All individuals in the military, either past or present, who visit Rocco’s on Thursday at 3 Colonial Drive in Westborough or 238 Millbury Ave in Millbury on Thursday receive a free coffee and doughnut.

The store in Westborough is open 6:30 AM to 1 PM and the Millbury location is open 7 AM to 1 PM.

1,000 Turkeys Donated to Worcester County Food Bank

The Turkey Express program, which Stop & Shop has operated for over a decade, recently donated 1,000 frozen turkeys to the Worcester County Food Bank.

This year Stop & Shop expects to donate nearly 22,000 turkey to 25 community partners and hunger relief organizations in five states by Thanksgiving.

Dunkin and Frankford Candy Introduce Hot Chocolate Bombs

Dunkin’ and Frankford Candy, team up this holiday season to bring the new Dunkin’ Hot Chocolate Bomb and the Dunkin’ Mint Hot Chocolate Bomb, rolling out beginning this month and available nationwide for a limited time at select retailers and online.

The Dunkin’ Hot Chocolate Bomb features a Belgian milk chocolate exterior, while the Dunkin’ Mint Hot Chocolate Bomb features a mint-flavored Belgian milk chocolate exterior. Both contain mini marshmallows inside.

Just place the “bomb” in a mug, pour six ounces of hot milk over it and watch it transform into a rich, creamy hot chocolate holiday treat.

Both the Dunkin’ Hot Chocolate Bomb and the Dunkin’ Mint Hot Chocolate Bomb are available in a 1.6-ounce individual size at a suggested retail price of $3.99 at Big Lots, H-E-B, Ross Dress For Less, and Christmas Tree Shops and That!, as well as online at Amazon and FrankfordCandy.com.

In addition, a 19.2-ounce 12-count multi-pack is available for purchase online at Amazon and FrankfordCandy.com for a suggested retail price of $55.

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