Memorial Day observances this weekend (Updated)

Above: Memorial Day observances honor soldiers’ sacrifices as far back as the revolutionary war. (Photos by Susan Fitzgerald)

Commanders Steve Whynot and John Wilson** are working with Southborough Access Media to promote community involvement in the town’s Memorial Day services.

As usual, residents, veterans and scouts are encouraged to help replace flags on Friday evening. On Monday morning, veterans, local officials, and scouts will march in the annual parade. The final ceremony takes place at the All Wars memorial. The entire community is invited.

In addition, a special invitation is extended to area veterans to join the commanders that morning before the parade.*

The video asks residents to participate. The pair explains the holiday’s importance and reaches out to veterans, inviting them to to join the event and the Legion or VFW.

posted to You Tube by Southborough Access Media

Here is the schedule for the weekend’s activities: 

Friday, May 22, 2015:

  • 20110527-flag-placingFlag placement (6:00 pm) @ Rural Cemetery – Rt. 85: In preparation for Memorial Day, residents are invited to participate in placing fresh flags on the graves of our Veterans to honor their service to our nation.

Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, 2014:

(Flags will be at half staff today through sundown.)

  • Veterans’ gathering (8:15 am) @ American Legion Headquarters, Community House: An invitation has been issued by the local Veterans and American Legion for all town veterans to join them prior to the annual parade.*
  • Memorial Day parade (9:00 am) @ convenes at Marlboro Savings Bank parking lot, proceeds down Main Street, then through the cemeteries.

For a photo gallery of last year’s services click here.

*The gathering isn’t mentioned in the video. But Commander Whynot confirmed it was an oversight. The annual gathering is taking place that morning.

**Updated (5/20/15 4:45 pm): I had listed incorrect titles for the commanders. Commander Steve Whynot  is the VFW Post 3276 Commander and Graves Officer for the town. Commander John Wilson is the American Legion Post 161 Commander and Veterans Service Officer for the town.

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Steve Whynot
9 years ago

On behalf of the Veterans of VFW Post 3276 and Legion Post 161 – I’d like to express my appreciation for everyone who joined us Friday to replace the flags on the graves of our fellow Veterans at Rural Cemetery. Walking through the cemetery today – I can attest to how complete the efforts of everyone enabled every Veterans grave to be honored. A sincere …..Thank you to everyone who participated….Have a Safe weekend and I hope you can also join us for the Memorial Day Observances on Monday – May 25th……

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