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

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Tantasqua Junior High Memorial Day Ceremony May 25

Tantasqua Regional Junior High School

Brimfield – Brookfield – Holland – Sturbridge – Wales

Memorial Day Ceremony

May 25, 2012

Dedicated to all those who answered the call and bravely served our country


8AM Veteran’s Breakfast
9AM- Band selection- “Washington Past March” by John Philip Sousa (Veterans march into the        gymnasium)

Welcome and “Pledge of Allegiance”
-  Daniel Durgin, Superintendent of Schools

Band selection- “The National Anthem” by Francis Scott Key, arr. by Andrew Balent

Recognition of Service in the Armed Forces (Veterans, please stand if you wish)

Air Force                    Army             Coast Guard
Marines                      Navy               National Guard

Band/Choral Selection- “American Heroes- A Salute to the Armed Forces” (The Caisson
Song, The Marine’s Hymn, Anchors Aweigh, Semper Paratus, The
U.S. Air ForceAmerica the Beautiful) arr. by Carl Strommen

-  Narration by Christopher Starczewski, Principal of Tantasqua Reg. Jr. High School
-    Lucy Colwell-Snyder, Instrumental Director

                  Guest Speakers
-          Elected Officials
o        Anne Gobi, State Representative
o        Stephen Brewer, Massachusetts State Senator
o        Lydia Goldblatt, Deputy State Director
-          Eugene Ethier Jr., Veteran of the Army
-          John Sares –Veteran of the Army

Choral Selections- “     “   by
-  Performed by the eighth grade Select Chorus
-  Matt Hart, Choral Director

Readings- Patriotic Prose and Poetry
-  Introduction by Christopher Starczewski, Principal

Band Selection- “Each Time You Tell Their Story” by Samuel Hazo

Featured Speaker

“Taps” Played by Maura Riel and Margaret Krauss

Conclusion and Band Selection– “Invicta” by James Swearingen

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