Marlborough celebrates Veterans Day

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By Laura Hayes, Senior Community Reporter

A wreath is laid at the monument for Sgt. John P. Colleary. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

MARLBOROUGH – Residents standing along the side of Main Street in Marlborough bowed their heads and saluted as a volley of ceremonial shots rang out, Nov. 11. 

The Marlborough Veterans Day parade was stopped at the monument for Sgt. John P. Colleary, who was killed in action during World War I. 

A wreath was laid at the memorial, and a member of the Marlborough High School marching band played “Taps.”

That was one of the stops on this year’s parade, which concluded at the Doughboy Monument. 

“This year’s parade is the first parade since COVID-19,” said Veterans Council Vice President John Manning before the event itself. “I’m hoping that it comes back in full strength now that everyone is a little safer than they were with the vaccine.”

The parade was led by the Marlborough Fire Department’s Color Guard and featured Boy and Girl Scouts and the Marlborough High School Marching Band as well as local leaders and veterans. 

Manning said it was “outstanding” to be back. 

“Right now, the turn out is pretty good considering it’s the first year back,” he said.