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November 11, 2016: Holliston Honors its Veterans

by Bill Tobin & Paul Saulnier

The veterans of all wars were honored on Friday, November 11, 2016 with wreaths placed at Blair Square to recognize the Iraq/Afghanistan deceased veterans, followed by a parade of veterans to Memorial Square at Hollis and Washington Street that honors WW1 and WW2 deceased. Then onto Town Hall to honor all veterans, with another dedicated wreath at the town memorial for all veterans. Over 105 veterans were served lunch in Upper Town Hall.

A three gun salute offered by Allan Greendale, David GeGanne and Andrew McCarthy was followed by Taps played by Joe Cibotti.

The veterans assembled at Blair Square to march to Memorial Square at Washington and Hollis Streets to honor veterans of WW l and WW ll.

WWII veteran Babe Johnson led the parade in his classic Ford.

Steve Bradford placed the wreath honoring WW1 and WW2 vets followed by a gun salute and Taps.

Past VFW Commander Ralph Stove and American Legion Commander Steve Bradford lead the contingent down Washington Street.

Chaplin George Snow gave thanks to veterans for their service.

Bobby Blair coordinated the event and introduced Selectman Jay Marsden

Selectman Marsden reminded all that the recent election and coming transfer of power was due to the dedication and sacrifice of our veterans and current military personnel.

VFW Commander Stan Feinburg lays the wreath to honor all Holliston veterans.

Color Guard fires the salute and then Taps are played to honor the fallen.

Vietnam veteran Jim Carbino salutes as Joe Cibotti plays Taps.

Holliston's dwindling WWII vets pose for a photo. Babe Johnson far left is the oldest in this group at 96.

The town's veteran population once over 700 strong has slipped to 640, due to death and moves, some to warmer climates.

The largest group still is the baby boomer Vietnam era vets who are now well into their 60's and 70's.

Upper Town Hall was just about at capacity with veterans of all ages enjoying beer, wine and appetizers prior to a turkey dinner with all the fixings' prepared by T J's Spirits of Ashland.

Mayor Bobby Blair as usual, was the Master of Ceremonies

 Chaplin George Snow led the prayers.

Tony Alexander, representing St.Mary's Knights of Columbus, presented a contribution of $3,000 to support Homes for Our Troops.

Representative Carolyn Dykema expressed here appreciation on behalf of all for the dedication of our veterans to serve and protect our United States.

Selectman Jay Marsden thanked all veterans for their time serving our county.

Members of the Holliston Lions Club serve the veterans.

The Holliston Lions Club, VFW, and the American Legion contribute the beer, wine and turkey dinners to honor the veterans.

T.C. Scoops of Medway, donated ice cream with toppings served by Tina Chemini of Holliston, owner of T.C. Scoops and assisted by Jay Leary.

No one went home hungry!

Members of the Holliston Leos passed hors-d'oeuvres, waited on tables, and  helped to make it a great time for all veterans.

Comments (1)

A warm and sincere thank you to all who participated in the Veterans day luncheon.To the Lions, the Leos, T.J.Scoops, our state and local officials.I am very proud of "Our town of Holliston" we are one big family, taking care of each other in many ways. Our youth have learned from this and will continue to serve the next generation. And to my fellow veterans, God bless you and your families.

George Snow | 2016-11-13 07:54:04