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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

 

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