SOUTHBOROUGH – Hundreds of flags fluttered in the breeze at the town’s cemeteries during the annual observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 29.
“Each flag represents a veteran who once wore the uniform,” said Stephen Whynot, commander of the VFW Choate Post and the town’s veterans’ grave officer.
He thanked volunteers, including members of the Boy Scouts, for coming to the town’s cemeteries and replacing more than 900 flags.
While at Rural Cemetery, Col. William Jackson, a graduate of West Point, read the names of veterans who were buried the previous year.
Observances also took place at the Old Burial Ground, Civil War Memorial and the All Wars Memorial. At each stop, there was an invocation, a gun salute and the playing of “Taps.”
Parade participants included police and fire units; the Trottier Middle School Band; local officials and veterans; and troops from the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts.