About 200 people gathered at Veterans Park in Saugus last Friday (Nov. 11) for the town’s annual observance of Veterans Day, a public recognition of Saugus men and women – living and departed – who have served or continue to serve in the United States Armed Forces. Robert “Boots” Chouinard, a 98-year-old Army veteran from Salisbury, gave this year’s keynote address, sharing his experiences from World War II. He served with the 128th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Gun Battalion and landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, five days after D-Day The Saugus High School Band and band conductor Justin Jones performed several patriotic songs during the ceremony. The Revere High School Junior ROTC, accompanied by JROTC Instructor Deborah Bowker, of Saugus, served as the color guard. Saugus Veterans Services Officer Mike Saunders read the governor’s proclamation. Saugus Veterans Council Commander Steve Castinetti presided over the ceremony. M&T Bank of Route 1 in Saugus offered coffee and donuts to the public and green “welcome bags” to veterans before the ceremony. (Saugus Advocate photos by Mark E. Vogler).