Friday, May 28, 2010

Boston Common - picture courtesy of Dave Lombardi

7 Comments:

At May 31, 2010 at 1:00 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

In a display which could only be labeled as "Mickey Mouse", Memorial Day Services were held at Cushing Park. Unorganized and lacking any semblance of military protocol which started 45 minutes late was this Towns tribute to our fallen solider's... and the very small crowd knew it. The senior Vets were disappointed and dismayed over the lack of coordination. Even the flags were dragging on the ground as we were told, someone had stolen a turnbuckle.

While I do agree Cushioning Park is a fitting place for this ceremony, I will heed the advise of most in the crowd who say the service should be held at the Memorial Building downtown, as it has been for years and years. My problem with the Memorial Building is that a few feet of street is closed off for the color guard procession and during the ceremony, most of downtown town residents go about their business as usual.

The veterans agent from this Town should commit to making the next Memorial Day service, one we all can be proud of.

 
At May 31, 2010 at 7:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Picture!! And nice thoughts. Saw you at the ceremony today.

 
At June 1, 2010 at 8:36 AM , Blogger Kim said...

Why wouldn't this event be held at Memorial Hall? That is what it is designed for, right? I know Cushing is pretty, but it is not the Memorial Hall! Lets get back to where this should be held.

 
At June 1, 2010 at 11:51 AM , Blogger Interested reader said...

I think Cushing Park is a much better place for this ceremony, especially in good weather. It is much easier to go there as a family than it is to go to Memorial Hall with a bunch of little ones. And shouldn’t we be teaching the youngsters the importance of these events by bringing them to the events? I agree that it was not the most organized event, but I think the outdoor setting and the intent were good.

 
At June 1, 2010 at 11:59 AM , Blogger Worried 01701 said...

Personnaly, I thought it was a very nice tribute. It is about honoring those who served, not about the convenience of people attending. Let’s ask the Veteran’s what they want, and where they want it to be held, and then honor their wishes. Makes sense to me.

 
At June 1, 2010 at 1:36 PM , Blogger Anderson said...

How about a compromise, Memorial Day outside at Cushing Park and Veterans Day inside at Memorial Hall? I think the weather has to play into this decision. Summer is so short here that you want to enjoy every day you can outside, and even if it is not as warm as it was this year, if it is not freezing and not raining, people want to be outside. And the time needs to be better. Get this done in the morning so people can make it to the ceremony and still make it to the cemetery for their own family members, or to cookouts or little league games or whatever else they have to do. But most importantly get this thing organized. To not know ahead of time they needed a clasp for the flag just shows that no one did any prep work for this thing. Even the Veterans Officer seemed to be angry about that.

 
At June 1, 2010 at 3:22 PM , Blogger fed up in framingham said...

Who actually is responsible for planing and orchestrating this thing? I think a little more time should be spent on making this a smoother running event. They did not even seem to know where they were suppose to go for the Pledge of Alligiance. Whoever put this together this year did not spend any time making sure this would work. Where all those motorcyle guys Veterans even?

 

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