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Westborough honors its veterans

Veterans stand at attention at the ceremony held at the FMB.

Veterans stand at attention at the ceremony held at the FMB.

By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor

Westborough – Local officials, as well as many residents, gathered to pay respect to the town’s veterans on Nov. 11. Ceremonies were held at the Pine Grove Cemetery, Vietnam Memorial on Ruggles Street, in front of the war memorials in front of the Forbes Memorial Building (FMB) and in front of the World War 1 Memorial located at the rotary.

The WHS Barbershop Quartet, Perfect Fourths (Jesse Scheinbart, Christopher LaMountain, Varun Shankavaram and Joel Reske), sang the National Anthem in the ceremony at the FMB.

The VFW Post 9013 Honor Guard fired three volleys of rifle fire at each site and were followed by Westborough High School (WHS) students/buglers Nick Schurr and Kerry Larkin playing “Taps.”

Douglas Sulham, who served with the Coast Guard and is currently in the Coast Guard Reserves, served as the day’s grand marshal. He was presented with a handmade quilt from Beverly Linnane which was made by local members of the Schoolhouse Quilters on behalf of the      Quilts of Valor Foundation, a national organization that has provided over 90,000 hand-crafted quilts to veterans.

Kenneth Ferrera, the town’s assistant veterans services officer, served as Master of Ceremonies.

The WHS Barbershop Quartet, Perfect Fourths, sings the  National Anthem in the ceremony at the FMB.

The WHS Barbershop Quartet, Perfect Fourths, sings the National Anthem in the ceremony at the FMB.

The VFW Post 9013 Honor Guard fire three volleys of rifle fire at the FMB ceremony.

The VFW Post 9013 Honor Guard fire three volleys of rifle fire at the FMB ceremony.

Pastor Paul Sangree of the Congregational Church of Westborough gives the invocation in front of the FMB.

Pastor Paul Sangree of the Congregational Church of Westborough leads in prayer in front of the FMB.

Westborough’s grand marshal, Douglas Sulham, accept a handmade quilt from Beverly Linnane. The quilt was made by local members of the Schoolhouse Quilters on behalf of the Quilts of Valor Foundation, a national organization that has provided over 90,000 hand-crafted quilts to veterans.

Westborough’s grand marshal, Douglas Sulham, accept a handmade quilt from Beverly Linnane. The quilt was made by local members of the Schoolhouse Quilters on behalf of the Quilts of Valor Foundation, a national organization that has provided over 90,000 hand-crafted quilts to veterans.

George A. Perry III, the Westborough veterans agent / director veterans services (right), observes the ceremony in front of the war memorials at the Forbes Municipal Building.

George A. Perry III, the Westborough veterans agent / director veterans services (right), observes the ceremony in front of the war memorials at the Forbes Municipal Building.

George A. Perry III and the Westborough veterans agent / director veterans services,and Kenneth Ferrera, the assistant veterans agent, lead the ceremony at the World War I Memorial.

George A. Perry III and the Westborough veterans agent / director veterans services,and Kenneth Ferrera, the assistant veterans agent, lead the ceremony at the World War I Memorial.

Douglas Sulham, the grand marshal and Selectman Leigh Emery, pay tribute at the World War 1 Memorial.

Douglas Sulham, the grand marshal and Selectman Leigh Emery, pay tribute at the World War 1 Memorial.

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