Memorial Day in the Tri-town. Rochester held their Annual Memorial Day Parade on Sunday. Rochester fared far better with its Memorial Day celebration than Marion and Mattapoisett did on rainy Monday. Sunday, May 29, was a great day for a parade, warm and sunny. At the Town Hall, the names of the fallen soldiers were read aloud and the Rochester Memorial School Band played patriotic songs before heading out for the parade. Rochester’s oldest living veteran, Hormidas “Butch” Boucher, was honored as well. Bouchard is 97 and a submarine veteran of World War II.
Mattapoisett was not able to hold their traditional Memorial Day Parade on Monday due to the heavy rains, but remembered the veterans with an indoor ceremony at Center School’s gymnasium. The theme of this year was honoring World War II Veterans, although all veterans from the Civil War to the present day were honored. Florence Eastman Post 280 American Legion hosts the annual celebration and Legion Commander Michael Lamoureux was the Master of Ceremonies.
Marion continued its 84 year Memorial Day tradition. The Benjamin D. Cushing VFW Post 2425 members led groups of scouts and residents to the cemeteries in Marion to plant flowers at all the graves of departed veterans. This year was met with sadness, since VFW Post 2425 will most likely be dissolved by next year. The community as well as the Marion Recreation Department and the Marion Firefighters’ Association stepped up to show their support and have pledged to carry out the tradition in the coming years. Each veteran’s grave will continue to receive a flag and a flower every Memorial Day.
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This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on June 3, 2016.