Northborough Memorial Day parade visits monuments, honors those lost

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Northborough Memorial Day parade visits monuments, honors those lost
Northborough community members parade down Route 20. (Photo/Evan Walsh)

NORTHBOROUGH – The Northborough community gathered to remember those lost.

On Monday, Northborough’s annual Memorial Day parade zig-zagged through the center of town, honoring veterans and fallen soldiers from different eras along the way. The event, which began at 12 p.m. with a ceremony at the town’s Civil War Memorial on Monroe Street, proceeded to the adjacent Gulf War Memorial.

From there, the parade moved down Main Street and to the Tri-War Memorial on Hudson Street. The procession then moved down Church Street, and after stopping at the World War I monument, moved to the Howard Street Cemetery for speeches by several local government leaders and community members.

Northborough Memorial Day parade visits monuments, honors those lost
Northborough community members parade down Route 20. (Photo/Evan Walsh)

“As we stand on this hallowed ground today, we remember and honor those valiant warriors who served and died – both those who died in battle while serving, and those who honorably served and have since died in the peace that they helped to secure. Thank you for these mighty men and women of valor, and we ask that you bless the memories of those who fought the good fight for freedom,” Rice Memorial Baptist Church Pastor Steve Georgeson said.

Elected officials joined the ceremony, with Rep. Meghan Kilcoyne (D-Clinton) and Select Board Chair Mitch Cohen sharing lessons they’ve learned from veterans. Rep. Kate Donaghue (D-Westborough) honored the fallen soldiers, also thanking the crowd of hundreds at Howard Street Cemetery for attending.

Northborough Memorial Day parade visits monuments, honors those lost
Local representatives – including Rep. Kate Donaghue (D-Westborough, left), Rep. Meghan Kilcoyne (D-Clinton, center) and Sen. Robyn Kennedy (D-Worcester, right) – speak at the Memorial Day event. (Photo/Evan Walsh)

“We just want to pause to come together as a community, as a nation, to keep the memory on Memorial Day, to remember those who gave and sacrificed it all in service to their country, and we remember the call to action to continue the fight to uphold the values of democracy and freedom. We also want to honor the Gold Star Families that are here with us today and within our communities, and honor those that are currently in service,” Sen. Robyn Kennedy (D-Worcester) said at the ceremony.

Northborough Memorial Day parade visits monuments, honors those lost
Select Board Chair Mitch Cohen speaks at the Memorial Day event. (Photo/Evan Walsh)

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