LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Veterans Services Officer Announces Alternative Plans for Memorial Day Observance

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Editor’s note: The following was sent to WestfordCAT by Veterans Services Officer Ryan Cobleigh, who is working with WestfordCAT staff members to create a virtual observance of the somber day. Cobleigh said there will be no gathering on the town Common due to concerns about spreading COVID-19. But residents will be able to listen to the reading of the Honor Roll inside their homes on demand. The speeches by local and state officials, too, will be recorded virtually and available to watch on demand. To keep everyone safe, there will be no parade. The laying of flags on veterans graves will continue this year. A lone bugler will play Taps at noon on the Common and the American flag will be raised.

Good afternoon Westford Residents.

We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during these times. The Memorial Day parade and ceremonies for 2020 are cancelled due to safety concerns. However, we are producing a video with WestfordCAT staff members to honor those Veterans who gave their lives for our country. The video is evolving daily and will be completed in time for Memorial Day. It will be aired online. Wreathes will still be placed at the monuments and flags will be laid at Veterans graves.

Westford veterans observe Memorial Day. WESTFORDCAT FILE PHOTO

 

The flag on the common will be raised at noon on Memorial Day and will be accompanied by Taps, played by a local bugler.

While we understand that many of you may want to be present for this, the reason behind this change was to avoid large gatherings. On Memorial Day please remember the fallen by visiting the graves of veterans and honoring them with acts of kindness.

Thank you for your understanding. Ryan Cobleigh, Westford Veterans Services Officer