Look for Friends of Trails Ambassadors at Blair Sq TODAY, 9-11 am
Lizzy Borden, The mystery Continues, Tomorrow @ Historical Society.
Harvest Fair 547 Washington St. TODAY, 10 am - 4pm
>> Aerial Spraying for EEE continues <<
** EEE Alert Level Raised to Critical in Holliston **
^^ Mosquitos carrying West Nile Virus have been found in Holliston ^^

Holliston Remembers America's Fallen

by The Publishers
May 28, 2019

Like a well-oiled machine, Holliston's Memorial Day parade stepped off right on time.  Parade Marshal Commander John A. Benda of Mudville led the marchers from Adams Middle School.  CDR Benda had two 'aide de camps': Jonathan Lukowiak from Troop 14 and Ian Davis from Troop 73.

The Board of Selectmen kept in step with the music of the Sutherland Pipe Band.

Being the town's oldest living veteran has its perks.  Vasco Brovelli and his wife Pauline rode in style along the parade route.

Of course every parade needs scouts -- girls and boys 'marched' proudly.

Given the purpose of Memorial Day, the parade stopped along the way at memorials at: Chesmore Square, Blair Square, and Memorial Square, and the Holliston Police Memorial.

At each a wreath was laid as seen below at Blair Square.

Following each wreath laying, the firing detail fired three volleys.  Anna Damigella and Matt Perera, members of the HHS Band, played taps to complete the ceremony.

The Master of Ceremonies, decked out in his Dress Blue uniform, awaited the arrival of the parade at the Town Hall.

A very large crowd was gathered at the Town Hall to participate in the Memoria Day observance. The ceremony began with a blessing by Rev. Scott Foster and  ending with a story and prayer by Father Mark.  In between, Selectman Mark Ahronian shared his reflections on this solemn occasion; Representative Carolyn Dykema spoke about the unity our flag brings to this special day that so many have sacrificed so we can be free; and the guest of honor -- CDR Benda, proudly representing Mudville, shared the perspective of an active duty service person serving on the oldest commissioned war ship.  While 'Old Ironsides' went 33 and 0 in its naval battles, that did not mean that hundreds of sailors didn't die on her decks.  Every person who volunteers to serve in America's military understands that the ultimate sacrifice is part of their enlistment.

After concluding the remarks, the parade reformed and continued along Washington Street to the Holliston Police Department for one last memorial ceremony.  The parade was dismissed by American Legion Commander Steve Bradford and all participants were invited across the street to the Historical Society for refreshments provided by the Holliston veterans.

It was a very special day from America and even more special here in Holliston thanks to the Memorial Day committee.  Thank you gentlemen and many thanks to all the residents who participated in the observance.

An album of photos can be found here -> https://www.facebook.com/pg/HollistonReportercom-155733254139/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10157260954429140

 

E-mail This Article

Comments (0)

Advertisement

Advertisement

Recent Articles by The Publishers:

Civics Sunday: Celebrate Holliston - The Parade

Congratulations to the Celebrate Holliston committee for planning and executing this annual community highlight. Special thanks to the committee member who was in charge of the glorious weather - do you hire out for weddings and other outdoor events

Continue ...

Civics Sunday: Celebrate Holliston - The Field Day

Continue ...

News from the Publishers

On September 30, 2019, the current 11-year-old version of the Holliston Reporter will close, as it can no longer be hosted on modern servers. But we couldn’t let it go! So, on October 1, 2019, a brand new Holliston Reporter will take its place.

3

Continue ...

Civics Sunday: September is Emergency Preparedness Month

Hurricane Dorian is fresh in our minds and the Farmer's Almanac predicts a very snowy winter for this region. Continuing our theme of being alert and prepared for emegencies started last week with Civics Sunday: Are You Connected? we bring together some tips for safely weathering servere storms.

1

Continue ...

Items of Note from the Holliston Y&FS September Newsletter

Continue ...

Advertisement

Recent Articles in Schools:

Civics Sunday: Celebrate Holliston - The Parade

by The Publishers

Congratulations to the Celebrate Holliston committee for planning and executing this annual community highlight. Special thanks to the committee member who was in charge of the glorious weather - do you hire out for weddings and other outdoor events

Continue ...

Civics Sunday: Celebrate Holliston - The Field Day

by The Publishers

Continue ...

Meet Some of the Celebrate Holliston Sponsors: Part 3: Harelick Dental

by Theresa Lamkin

Celebrate Holliston is proudly in its 27th year of celebration! It is a completely volunteer based organization whose goal is to raise money for the town while promoting unity and town pride. . . We could never meet our goals without the support of our amazing sponsors! . . . This year, we would like to profile a few of those sponsors and let them explain to you, in their own words, why they chose to support our event and what Holliston means to them.

Continue ...

Fix Our Fields Raffle at Celebrate Holliston

by Mary Greendale

Continue ...

Register for Tim's Trot Now

by Press Release

Tim’s Trot is Sunday, September 29! Register now at timsteam.org!

Continue ...

Advertisement