Marlborough recognizes Memorial Day with ceremonies

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By Ron Ayotte, Contributing writer

Marlborough Fire Department Battalion 1 and the MFD Honor Guard at the Doughboy monument.

MARLBOROUGH – Gray skies marked the somber mood as Marlborough honored its war dead in a brief ceremony on Memorial Day.

During the weekend, members of the Marlborough Veteran’s Council and the Boy Scouts of America braved the wet weather to put American Flags on the graves of Marlborough’s veterans.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions that were recently lifted too late to change plans, Marlborough’s traditional parade from the American Legion hall to the Doughboy Monument in front of the Walker Building was postponed.

The Veteran’s Council and members of the American Legion and the AMVETS instead laid wreaths at the city’s war memorial monuments. That was followed by brief prayers for the fallen and the playing of Taps.

The on duty crew of the Marlborough Fire Department gathered at the Doughboy Monument as they have for the past ten years, keeping the tradition of honoring the fallen going.

At City Hall, there was a brief ceremony with Mayor Arthur Vigeant, the City Council, Veteran’s Agent Mike Hennessy and other dignitaries in attendance. After a handful of speeches, the National Anthem was sung Taps was played.

Officials hope that, next year, the traditional Memorial Day ceremony will be held after two years of disruption due to the pandemic.

Photo/Ron Ayotte