MARLBOROUGH – Three rounds of shots echoed in downtown Marlborough this morning as the community gathered for the Veterans Day parade.
Along stops of the parade at each of the monuments, a wreath was laid before the rounds were fired and a member of the Marlborough High School marching band played “taps.”
The parade concluded at the Doughboy monument in front of the Walker Building.
“Veterans Day is the 11th day, 11th month, 11th hour that was the armistice for World War I, and we are still honoring that today,” said Veteran Services Officer Mike Hennessy. “It’s an honor to be here, and it’s an honor to serve our country.”
Among the people walking in Marlborough’s parade were veterans, members of the City Council, Sen. Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton), Rep. Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough) and local scouts.
In front of the Doughboy monument, the guest speaker was Air Force Sgt. Scott Moody, who served in the Vietnam War.
“Veterans Day is an opportunity to honor and give thanks to those who have served and are serving in the military,” Moody said.
He noted that veterans were all around.
“They could be your parents, your neighbors and friends alike,” Moody said.
Throughout Marlborough hangs the “Hometown Hero” banners, honoring local veterans. Two of the banners are in honor of Moody’s mother, who was a nurse in the Navy, and his father, who was a combat engineer in the Army.
Veterans Day, Moody said, should be a day filled with “pride for our veterans who died in our country’s service with gratitude.”
“So, if you see someone in uniform or know someone who served in the military, give a big thank you for their service. It will go a long way,” Moody said.