Autumn in the North Cemetery.

Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?

These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.

Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...

...seems to be working so far

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Memorial Day Parade Schedule And Dedication Of New Veterans Honor Roll

The following is the schedule for the Memorial Day Parade in Sturbridge on May 28, 2012.

9:00  Form At Community Center  (dance studio at the corner of Route 20 and Route 148 in Fiskdale)
9:15 Step - Off
9:25 Ceremony at Legion
9:45 Ceremony St Anne's cemetery
 a. Honor Guard salute and "Taps"
9:55 Leave St Anne's for buses at Senior Center
10:15 Reform at Safety Complex (break)
10:30  Ceremony Fire/Police Monument
10:40 Step Off from Complex to North Cemetery
 11:00 Ceremony at North Cemetery  
         a. Honor Guard salute and "Taps"
11:15 Leave North Cemetery for Town Hall

11:30 Regroup at Town Hall for dedication of new Monument:
         a. guest speakers and dedication of new monument
         b. Armed Forces musical tributes
         c. Revolutianry gun salute and "Taps"
         d. replacement of flags and National Anthum
 12:00 Open House American Legion Hall Post 109 on Main Street.

Bus transportation will be available before, during and after the parade. Anyone needing transportation is asked to contact the American Legion at 508-347-3248 and leave a message.
Submitted by Mike Splaine


  1. It's wonderful to get our monument back onto the lawn of the town hall. It felt so odd not having it there after so many years. A big thank you goes out to those who worked so hard to get it reclaimed and restored.
    (We have had a veteran's monument there since about 1917. That's a big part of our REAL history.)

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