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 22, 2012

Updated Memorial Day Schedule


The Sturbridge Veterans Council cordially invites all residents, youth groups and a special invitation to our Veterans to participate in the annual Memorial Day Parade.  The Parade this year will be held on Monday, May 28, 2012.  The parade will follow the same route as in the past, the parade will end on the Town Common the Celtic Thunder pipe and drum unit will provide music.  The Honorary Parade marshal for 2012 is Sturbridge Resident Roland “Rollie” Hewitt a WWII veteran and survivor of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.
 9:00 A.M.      Parade formation at the Old Fire Station at RT 20 & RT 148
 9:15 A.M. Parade Step-Off
 9:20 A.M. Parade Stops for ceremony at the American Legion Monument
9:30 A.M. Parade Stops in St. Anne’s Cemetery for service, reading of “In Flanders Field”
9:50 A.M. Parade Marches out of St. Anne’s to board buses
 10:15 A.M. Parade Reforms in front of Public Safety Complex
 10:20 A.M. Ceremony at Firefighters Monument
 10:25 A.M. Parade Step Off, 2nd part, proceeds to North Cemetery
 10:40 A.M. At North Cemetery, memorial service, reading of the Gettysburg Address
 10:55 A.M. Parade returns to Town Common for final ceremony
 11:00 A.M. Memorial Service for Old Cemetery, Decoration of Monuments, Replacement of the POW Flag, National Anthem and Flag raising, Guest speakers
11:30 A.M.     Dedication New Monument, Tribute to Armed Forces, H.S. Band, Decoration 
New Monument, Replacement Flags, National Anthem
 12:00 Noon Open House at the American Legion, All parade participants and residents invited.
Bus transportation will be provided BEFORE the Parade, starting at the Town Hall at 8:30 A.M., Safety complex at 8:40 A.M., Senior Center at 8:50 A.M. Legion Hall at 8:55 A.M. at Old Fire Station for 9:00.  Bus transportation will be provided during the parade from the Senior Center to the Public Safety Complex, and after the parade from the Town Hall back to the Old Fire Station with stops at the Safety Complex, Senior Center and Legion Hall.  Any veteran, 

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