Vehicle parade recognizes Southborough seniors and veterans

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The Dull Men’s Club leader Bill Harrington drives on Main Street alongside the All Wars Memorial.

Southborough – The long Memorial Day weekend got a special kickoff May 22 when the Southborough Senior Center’s social group known as the Dull Men’s Club (DMC) presented a vehicle parade to honor military veterans and bring joy to the town’s senior residents.

DMC is an international organization with a Southborough chapter led by Bill Harrington. Defying the club’s name, Harrington is always eager to lead the group’s interesting projects such as this parade.

“Our seniors have been particularly isolated during this pandemic,” he noted. “We hope to brighten their day just a bit with some excitement and recognition.”

The parade began from the senior center and first passed the All Wars Memorial between Main and Common streets in observance of Memorial Day. The vehicles proceeded through a few neighborhoods to drive by senior residents outside their homes as well as at the Colonial Gardens apartments and Southborough Meadows condos.

A police motorcycle, cruiser and fire engine led the parade, followed by town officials along with members of DMC and Minuteman Model A Ford Club of Massachusetts. Many of the vehicles, including some antique and classic cars, were decorated with American flags and signs proclaiming messages such as “Dull Men’s Club wishes you health and happiness” and “We are all in this together.”

Jim Hickey prepares to drive his 1931 Ford Model A in the vehicle parade.
Southborough Selectman Lisa Braccio waves an American flag while her son Robert of Algonquin Regional High School class of 2020 displays a sign proclaiming “We miss you!”
A police motorcycle, cruiser and fire engine lead the vehicle parade from the senior center.
A Dull Men’s Club member drives in the parade with a sign a stating “We are all in this together.”
Antique cars travel in the vehicle parade on Common Street.
Southborough residents view an antique car in the vehicle parade.