Friday evening’s Bedford High School football game at Sabourin Field will be preceded by special ceremonies recognizing the school’s military families and the bonds between the town and Hanscom Air Force Base.
Beginning shortly after 6:30 p.m., individual members of the football and cheer teams and the BHS Marching Band will be introduced along with a parent or guardian on active or reserve duty. Students with a parent who is deployed also will be honored. All will assemble at midfield.
The ceremony will culminate with the presentation of the colors by the high school’s Junior Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps color guard and the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Jennifer Naylor, a John Glenn Middle School teacher and BHS and JGMS parent, is organizing the event, modeling it after Military Appreciation Days of the former Lexington-Bedford-Hanscom Pop Warner football program. “Many members of this year’s team are those same kids,” noted her husband, Bedford Police Sgt. Craig Naylor.
So far more than 20 families have committed to take part, representing all branches of the service — a few with multiple branches, Naylor said. Even though Hanscom is an Air Force base, members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard also reside in base housing.
Bedford High has educated military dependents since a 1964 agreement with the federal government. “I feel like celebrating our community and its uniqueness,” said Naylor, who is a 1993 BHS graduate. “Some of my very best friends are from Hanscom.”
“It’s the right thing to do,” she continued. “They always have been part of our community. – our friends, our families. They deserve recognition.”
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