Memorial Day 2012

Memorial Day Parade2012
Charlestown Memorial Day Parade Chair James Mageau prepared the podium and tested the microphone for keynote speaker and parade Grand Marshall retired Lt. Joseph S. Dolock, a Viet Nam veteran with two bronze stars.

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The Charlestown Memorial Day Parade marched down Route 1A on Sunday and stopped at the Cross’ Mills Baptist Church cemetery and at the Cold Brook Memorial in honor of those who died: taps sounded, and the Charlestown Police Honor Guard fired three volleys.

After the parade, the community gathered at the Charlestown Naval Airfield Memorial at Ninigret Park to honor all those who have served in the military and remember those who paid for our freedom with the greatest sacrifice of all. Young and old — veterans of WWII and the Korean War from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy plus high school cadets and scouts from Charlestown Troop 15 — gathered to hear the combat experiences of Lt. Dolock. Although the crowd was in a celebratory mood with patriotic music from the Wakefield Concert Band, they settled down to listen to Lt. Dolock.  Remarked Town Council President Thomas Gentz, “The mood went from festive to somber. You couldn’t hear a pin drop, and the high school cadets should be congratulated for their conduct.”

Let’s take a moment to honor those who died for our freedom, our veterans and thank Mr. Mageau and his committee for an event that united the Charlestown community.  Volunteers set tables and served chowder, hot dogs and soda.