On a beautiful Monday morning, our community came together for Medford’s annual Memorial Day Veterans Ceremony at Oak Grove cemetery.
The event included remarks from John Granara, American Legion; Paul Granara, American Legion; Francis Bruno, Italian American War Veterans; Jeanne Martin, Disabled American Veterans; Stephen Hanson, Veterans of Foreign Wars; Mayor Michael McGlynn; City Councilor Rick Caraviello; and Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian.
Staff Sergeant Brendan Wright (US Marine Corps) read the Gettysburg address and Chief Randy Martin (US Navy) read General Logan’s order.
The Medford Police Department Honor Guard and the Middlesex Sheriff’s Honor Guard Rifle Squad participated in the ceremony.
The Medford High School Chorus and Band performed patriotic songs.
Father Chip Hines, Pastor, St. Joseph’s Church, delivered the Invocation and Benediction.
7,800 veterans are buried at Oak Grove Cemetery. Many volunteers came together before the Memorial Day ceremony to mark each of those graves with a flag. Richard Smith, who recently passed away, coordinated this effort for many years.