Annual “Peace Vigil” converted to “Peace Parade of Thanks” for first responders and hospital workers (Updated – postponed)

by beth on January 8, 2021

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Above: Last spring, Marlborough Hospital frontline workers waved as first responders thanked them for their service. Next week, the community will thank first responders on their way to their own drive by at the hospital. And/or you can drop off some cards of thanks to show appreciation. (images L-R cropped from Facebook post and video)

Updated (1/15/20 1:47 pm) I just learned that the event is being postponed due to forecasts of heavy rain and high winds.

Stay tuned for a new date.


In January 2019, Southborough’s Neighbors for Peace held a candlelit Vigil for Peace and Unity. Last year, they announced it would be an annual vigil to start of each new year.

With the pandemic in mind, this year the groups and Neighbors for Peace and Hate Has No Home are sponsoring a different kind of event. This year, the public is invited to use cars instead of candles as the annual Vigil for Peace and Unity is converted into a show of appreciation.

Peace Parade of ThanksThe 2021 event is titled “Peace Parade of Thanks” to be held a week from Saturday:

Join us this as we welcome in the New Year with gratitude for our health care workers and first responders . . .

This is a Non-Political, Bipartisan Interfaith Event. All are Welcome!

The community is invited to sign up to participate in a parade scheduled for Saturday, January 16th at 1:00 pm. Whether joining the parade or not, the community is also invited to make cards thanking front line workers and public safety personnel. (Those can be dropped off at Neary School that day before the parade.)

Parade participants will “drive-by and salute our first responders, the fire and police personnel of Southborough”. The caravan of cars will continue on to Marlborough Hospital to thank their essential workers.

The event is planed as rain or shine, but this is winter in New England. If severe weather prompts postponement, registered participants will be notified.

The parade will convene in the Neary School parking lot, 53 Parkerville Road.

Speaking of parades – The community parade organized for former resident and WWII combat veteran Arthur Butler was held as planned this afternoon for his 100th Birthday. (Congratulations Mr. Butler!) New Horizons posted:

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1 Hate Has No Home Here January 12, 2021 at 1:23 PM

If you are making cards but can’t attend on Saturday, the following locations have boxes for drop off during their regular business hours.
The Southborough Library, Pilgrim Church and Ginny Martin’s Real Estate Office.
Of course we hope you can be there in person on Saturday but also want as many cards as possible.

Pilgrim Church
15 Common Street
Southborough MA
Building is closed. There will be a box on the porch at office door near Town House Parking.

Southborough Library
25 Main Street
Southborough Ma
They will have a Box during regular book pick-up and drop-off hours

Ginny Martins & Associates
1 Boston Road
Southborough MA
There is a box outside the door of Ginny Martins & Associates real estate office

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2 Hate Has No Home Here January 15, 2021 at 1:04 PM

CANCELED
PEACE PARADE of THANKS
Due to Heavy Rains and High Winds we are postponing Tomorrow’s event. We will reschedule! Stay tuned!

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