Patriotic party marks Northborough American Legion’s centennial

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Patriotic party marks Northborough American Legion’s centennial
Exploring the M60 main battle tank are Scouting BSA Troop 823 members (l to r) Elspeth Robinson-DuBois, 13; Ariella Zaleb, 13; Maggie Fitzgerald, 12; and Taegan McDonald, 13.

By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer

Northborough – Community members of all ages attended a daylong celebration Nov. 2 to mark the 100th anniversary of Vincent F. Picard American Legion Post 234 in Northborough. Concurrently, this year is American Legion’s centennial nationally.

Northborough Post 234 is represented year-round by its color guard at parades, school events and community ceremonies. At the 100th-anniversary celebration, they presented the colors during an opening ceremony while event chair Bill Callaghan led guests reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

Patriotic party marks Northborough American Legion’s centennial

 

 

 

 

 

Grilled burgers and hot dogs were available during the six-hour open house. A highlight of the patriotic party was an opportunity for guests to explore inside the post’s M60 main battle tank. A number of other military vehicles were stationed on the grounds. American Legion Riders Chapter 234 parked their motorcycles outside the post’s entrance.

Among organizations offering literature inside the post were Boros Cares 4 Troops, Easterseals Military & Veteran Services, Lutz Buddy Up Massachusetts, and Veterans Northeast Outreach Center. Military mementos were displayed including uniforms and war-era newspaper clippings.

Festivities continued into the evening with an appreciation dinner followed by musical entertainment provided by the band Torn and Frayed.

photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Patriotic party marks Northborough American Legion’s centennial
Gathered around the uniform of their late father, Army veteran Lt. Col. Irving T. Shanley who was named Post 234’s 2004 Legionnaire of the Year, are (l to r) Mary Dragon, Pamela Shanley and Joan Shanley.
Patriotic party marks Northborough American Legion’s centennial
Seated in a World War II 1944 Ford Jeep are Elayna Deneen, 9, and Eve Wright, 5.
Patriotic party marks Northborough American Legion’s centennial
Abby Wright, 9, steers the wheel of the Northborough Firefighters Association’s 1923 Maxim fire truck.
Patriotic party marks Northborough American Legion’s centennial
Emilia Loizeaux, 9, checks her reflection in the rearview mirror of an M35 2-1/2 ton 6×6 cargo truck.
Patriotic party marks Northborough American Legion’s centennial
The Vincent F. Picard American Legion Post 234 Color Guard stands at attention as the Pledge of Allegiance is recited.
Patriotic party marks Northborough American Legion’s centennial
Event chair Bill Callaghan welcomes guests to Vincent F. Picard American Legion Post 234’s 100th-anniversary celebration.