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Memorial Day 2024: Take an Hour out of the Holiday Weekend

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My main intent in writing this letter today is to ask you to please attend one of this year’s Memorial Day Ceremonies to honor and to show recognition to those who lost their lives in service to our country.

On Monday, May 27, you can choose to attend any or all of the following ceremonies:

  • Evergreen Cemetery in Woodville at 9:45 a.m.
  • Mayhew Street Cemeteries at 10:15 a.m.
  • The Town Common Gazebo Service at 11:15 a.m. 

Let’s show in numbers how we as a community are willing to take a few minutes by showing the power of a crowd for something good.

As a veteran of the Vietnam war who thinks about what Memorial Day means to me, I came across Luke Young’s Memorial Day Letter from last year

Luke’s words hit home then and now, and I urge everyone in town to read his letter, too.  Today when I re-read it, it’s a very clear educational message about why and how to show the importance of this holiday.     

Luke also mentions the effect Memorial Day has on fellow veterans. In contrast to how many people celebrate this “holiday,” Memorial Day is not set aside as a day for veteran recognition.

This is a holiday established to recognize and honor those who gave their lives for our way of life. 

Let’s respect and acknowledge the difference between Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day and understand that Memorial Day is a somber and thoughtful period.   

This holiday weekend, let’s blend the hours with pauses of gratitude, meaning, and renewed appreciation for all our freedoms.  

Barry Rosenbloom, Hopkinton

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you, Barry!

    In 1971 (I think) the US Congress changed Memorial Day from 30 May, to the last Monday in May. In so doing they changed Memorial Day from a day of solemn recognition to just another long weekend.

    (I’m sure that it took some lobbying…)

  2. The 11:15 ceremony at the Gazebo is a really nice tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as their families. If you haven’t been before, it a an event where we all come together as Americans and show our appreciation to those who have fallen in defense of our country and democracy around the world. It is a great event for children as well.

    Sincerely,
    Jim Mirabile
    Veterans Celebration Committee

  3. Good comments, both. Memorial Day, Independence Day (even though that is celebrated whatever day is July 4th) and Labor Day have lost their original meaning and celebration. (We) have cookouts and gatherings if friends and family but, in the old days we had gatherings but also went to parades and memorials for each day. Thank to all veterans who truly “put their lives on the line” to protect our freedoms and rights.

  4. The Memorial Day celebration tomorrow at the Commons is something that will make you proud of our country and of our town.

    It is a chance to remember the fallen who gave their lives for our country. It’s also a chance to spend quality time with your children and expose them to a tradition that exemplifies service, respect, and community.

  5. And after the ceremonies, if you and your family would like to do something else to honor veterans – something that will last all year, go to a cemetery and clean a veteran’s headstone. Preferably one that is soiled with age and not as dignified as it deserves to look. A bucket of water, a soft bristle brush and some elbow grease is all it takes. It will make you feel good all over.

  6. It’s a sad state of affairs when even displaying a flag shows party affiliation. I choose to honor those willing to sacrifice their lives for our great country by displaying a flag on days like Memorial Day and the 4th of July. Thank you to those service members, living and deceased, for all you have done for our freedom.

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