Veterans Day 2021

For more than a decade, Holliston has recognized its veterans with a parade, a wreath laying ceremony, and a luncheon. The 2021 rendition brought back two of the three elements to honor our vets.

Holliston’s WWII veterans laid a wreath at the Veterans Honor Roll. Left, US Army veteran Charlie Nickerson (Holliston’s Oldest Veteran) and right, USMC veteran Bob Hopkins do the honors. Below, Joe Cibotti plays taps as the audience rendered honors to our veterans (past and present).
Some things just happen. Students and teachers from the Holliston Community Childrens’ Center were just in time to add some color to the proceedings.

While all this activity was going on at the Town Hall, approximately 80 veterans gathered at the Holliston Senior Center to enjoy a turkey dinner hosted by the Holliston Lions / Leos.

Good seats were going fast as the honorees assembled.
Lions members worked with the TJ’s staff to get the turkey and fixin’s ready. What is under each of those aluminum covers – you’ll have to wait – like the vets did.
L-R State Senate President Spilka was represented by aide, Momina Haidri, Town Administrator Ahern who had been at Town Hall, beat me across town. Select Board Vice-chair Ben Sparrell was joined by Select Board Clerk John Cronin.
Post 47 Legion Commander Steve Bradford welcomed all, recognized many special guests and got the brief program underway.
Members of the Lions / Leos waited to get down to the business of serving our veterans.
Bobby Blair shared how his curiosity and interest in Holliston’s veterans since the Revolution led him to pen two books that are now on sale. He told of the trek the finished books took to get from Springfield, MA to Holliston.
Ben Sparrell focused on how service is a hallmark of Holliston. It is evidenced in those assembled and others who volunteer to serve the Town. Ben’s grandfather was a proud Seabee in WWII.
A chow line quickly formed and those who served our nation sat down to enjoy the delicious meal. Hopefully saving room for an ice cream with chocolate sauce provided by TC Scoops

Chris Cain

1 Comment

  1. Steve Bradford on November 12, 2021 at 8:12 am

    Thanks Holliston Reporter for the coverage.

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