Mass. Towns Find Ways To Honor Memorial Day During Lockdown

UXBRIDGE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — On Sunday morning, a group of local volunteers got together in Uxbridge to clean up their town's War Memorial ahead of Memorial Day.

According to Uxbridge Town Selectman Stephen Mandile, several selectmen and local residents volunteered to help spray down and scrub the memorial area on the town common. They also staked some new American flags to honor the fallen.

"I'm proud of the dedication our town has to honoring the services and sacrifices of local and national service members, and their Gold Star Families, on #MemorialDay and every day," said Mandile.

Despite the state's continued stay-at-home orders, several other Massachusetts towns are still planning socially-distant ways of honoring the U.S. service members who have lost their lives fighting for their country.

In Danvers, residents are planning to hold a small Memorial Day parade along the route the town's annual parade would usually take - from Town Hall, down Sylvan Street, through downtown and back to Town Hall. Organizers say there are "plenty of places" for locals to watch from parked cars and remain at a safe distance from others.

According to State Rep. Tim Whelan, on Memorial Day between 11:30 a.m. and 11:40 a.m., the “sound of freedom” from the Nation's First 104th Fighter Wing "will echo over Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne to honor the heroes who have defended our great Nation."

Chelsea and Holyoke Soldiers' Homes will both be streaming virtual observances of Memorial Day on their Facebook pages starting at 5 p.m. on Monday.

There will also be a virtual Memorial Day event with speakers and musical performers from across the Commonwealth, remarks by Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito, legislative leaders, and a special “Tribute to the Fallen” by the Massachusetts National Guard. The event will be streamed online and broadcast on TV.

Gov. Baker's office says there will also be dozens of buildings, bridges, flags, and parks across the Commonwealth that will be illuminated in gold to honor Gold Star Families on the eve of Memorial Day.

The following Massachusetts municipalities will be taking part in honoring Gold Star families on Sunday night:

Agawam Military Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery

Arlington Town Hall

Belmont Veterans Memorial

Beverly Department of Public Works Building

Boston City Hall

Boston Government Center

Boston Prudential Tower

Boston's Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge

Braintree Town Hall

Cambridge City Hall

Charlton Town Hall

Chelsea Soldiers’ Home

Chelsea (locations throughout the community)

Danvers Town Hall

Dracut Revolutionary Monument

Dracut, corner of Pleasant and Bridge Street

Easton Veterans Memorial Park

Essex Town Hall

Everett Encore Casino

Fall River Government Center Building

Franklin Town Hall

Georgetown Town Hall

Gloucester City Hall Tower

Great Barrington Police Department

Hingham Veterans Memorial and Town Hall

Holyoke Soldiers’ Home

Ipswich Town Hall

Kingston Town Hall

Lawrence, Canal Street Bridge

Leominster Veterans Memorial Center

Longmeadow Memorial Hall

Ludlow Town Hall

Marshfield Veterans Memorial Park

Medfield, Baxter Memorial Park

Medford City Hall

Melrose Memorial Hall

Middleborough Town Hall Bell Tower

Millis Town Hall Monuments

Nahant American Legion Post #215 Garrison Flag

New Bedford City Hall

New Bedford, Elm Street Garage

New Braintree Town Hall

Newbury Town Hall

North Brookfield Town Hall

North Reading Town Hall Gazebo

Natick DPW Headquarters

Natick Community Building and Moran Park

Norton Town Hall

Oxford Town Hall and Pavilion

Palmer Town Hall

Pittsfield City Hall

Rehoboth Veterans Memorial Gazebo and Cenotaph

Rowley Town Hall

Saugus Town Hall

Scituate Town Common

Seekonk Veterans Memorial Park

Sharon Fire Department

Southbridge Gold Star Memorial

Stoneham Town Common

Sudbury Town Hall

Swansea Town Hall

Templeton WWI and WWII Monuments

Walpole Town Common Memorial

Watertown Flag Pole

Watertown Delta

Wenham Town Hall

West Newbury Town Hall

Westfield Town Green

Westford Town Hall

Winchendon Military Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery

Woburn City Hall

Worcester, Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge

Officials are asking residents across the state to take photos of their local monuments and bridges once they are illuminated in gold, and post them online as a way to "honor our heroes together, even if we are physically apart."

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