Memorial Day ~ Marking Veterans Graves

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Marking Lydia Porter’s service prior to World War I

Although formal ceremonies for Memorial Day 2020 have been canceled due to Covid-19, the Bedford DPW is making sure our deceased Veterans and loved ones are appropriately remembered.

Approximately 700 flags will be placed on graves in both the Shawsheen Cemetery and the Old ​ Burying Ground.

“It’s important that we honor our Veterans on Memorial Day, especially in this time of uncertainty” said Dennis Freeman, Grounds Operations Manager, as he placed a flag on the grave of  Nathaniel Page.

Even with a mandated reduced staff to ensure the health of the Department, the DPW is maintaining our cemeteries and parks, roadways and sidewalks, and other vital infrastructure.

In previous years, local Boy Scout Troops and students from the Nashoba Learning Group were able to assist with placing the flags, but out of an abundance of caution, Freeman had to complete the task in-house.

“I’m certain folks will visit the cemetery over the Memorial Day weekend,” noted Freeman, “even if they stay in their vehicles to pay their respects to their family and friends, it’s the least we can do to acknowledge how important this day is.”


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