Veterans Gather Together for the 17th Year
Holliston veterans came out in force on Saturday under sunny skies at the Afghanistan/Iraq Memorial at Blair Square. After a brief service, veterans marched up Central Street to the WWI/WWII Memorial at the corner of Washington and Hollis Streets for another brief ceremony.
Only eight WWII veterans remain living in town. Onward to town hall where American Legion Commander/VFW Chaplain, Ron Turcotte read an opening prayer. The presentation of the wreath was handled by VFW Commander Dave DeGanne and Legion Vice Commander Rich Finn. After a rifle salute, 83-year-old Joe Cibotti played taps. Veterans then assembled on town hall steps for a class photo, this year was the first year that no WWII veterans were present.
Inside upper town hall Bobby Blair told veterans that the Christmas Cactus on each table could be taken home by the oldest veteran at the table. He also gave thanks to Police Chief Matt Stone who was not in the audience for bringing the entire police force out to march in the years Memorial Day Parade, Blair stated that he had not seen the entire department march since Henry Holbrook was chief and realized what a difficult task this was with rotating shifts.
Steve Bradford thanked the Holliston Lions and Leos for serving the meal and cleaning up, TC Scoops for their donation of ice cream and the select board for the use of the hall. TJ’s of Ashland served a full course turkey dinner.
Representative James Arena DeRosa and Select Board Chairman John Cronin addressed the veterans. Senate President Karen Spilka send along her regards.
The idea for a Veterans Day dinner came about 17 years ago with the idea to get a group photo of WWII veterans and has now become a local tradition. The costs for the days event are shared by the Legion, Holliston Lions, VFW, and yearly contributor navy veteran Capt. Donald Bates (ret.)
All photos courtesy of Paul Saulnier – Thank you