Adding remembrance flags to the Wreaths of Honor – Image (c) Barb Purchia, 2017 all rights reserved

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Bedford’s State Representative Ken Gordon shared remarks during the observance – Image (c) Elyse Purchia, 2017 all rights reserved

The Town of Bedford conducted Veterans Day ceremonies at Veterans Memorial Park on The Great Road at noon on Saturday, November 11. Bedford’s Police Honor Guard escorted committee members and dignitaries along the walkway from the Patriot statue to the Veteran’s monument. The Bedford Minuteman Company’s fifes and drums accompanied the march.

Servicemen of today, and yesterday – Image (c) Barb Purchia, 2017 all rights reserved

Paul Purchia, Chair of Bedford’s Patriotic Holiday Committee, welcomed the crowd and Chaplain John Cooper of American Legion Post 221 offered the opening prayer. Bedford Boy Scouts led the Pledge of Allegiance, and the BHS Marching Band played the National Anthem. Program speakers included Jim Voss, Adjutant, American Legion Post 221; David Spence, Commander, VFW Post 1628; Selectman Bill Moonan; and State Representative Ken Gordon.

BHS trumpeter Julia Simoneau and John Giaquinto played TAPS – Image (c) Elyse Purchia, 2017 all rights reserved

A long line of participants added small flags to the Memorial Wreath of Honor and shared the names and military service of the Veterans whom they were honoring. The group sang God Bless America just before Major Gary Maki directed the BHS Jr. ROTC to fire three volleys and TAPS was sounded by trumpeters Julia Simoneau and John Giaquinto from the BHS Marching Band. The ceremony ended with a closing prayer by Mike Pilot of VFW Post 1628.

Salutes – Image (c) Barb Purchia, 2017 all rights reserved

 

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