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Westborough remembers its veterans

Denzil Drewry welcomes participants, guests and residents to the ceremony in front of the Forbes Municipal Building.

Denzil Drewry welcomes participants, guests and residents to the ceremony in front of the Forbes Municipal Building.

By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor

Westborough – Under cool, overcast skies hundreds of residents gathered to honor Westborough's veterans, past and present, during ceremonies held throughout the town Memorial Day, May 26. ??At ceremonies held at St. Luke's, Pine Grove Cemetery and Midland cemeteries, as well as in front of the war memorial at the Forbes Municipal Building (FMB), officials and residents alike remembered with words, music and prayer those who had made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Westborough High School a cappella Group, “Don's Panic” performed the national anthem at the start of the FMB ceremony. ?Members of the group include Varun Shankavarm, Benedict Hensley, Hannah Cayem, CJ Ramsey, Jared Wong, Hope Fitch, Sonya Mirchandani, Sabrina Herstedt, and Joel Reske. The WHS and Sarah W. Gibbons Middle School marching bands performed musical selections.

Guest speakers included Denzil Drewry, a member of the Board of Selectmen and the town's acting veterans agent; Board of Selectmen Chair George Barrette; Colonel Brent E. French; ?Adelene Egan, president of the WHS National Honor Society; Lorin Reed III, vice commander of the American Legion Post 163 and State Rep. Matthew Beaton, R- Shrewsbury.

Drewry noted that one person in particular was missed during this year's ceremony – former veterans” agent George A. Perry III, who passed away unexpectedly in April. To honor his legacy, Perry was named as Grand Marshal for this year's event. An U.S. Army Jeep rode in the parade with a photo of Perry attached to the windshield.

“It's only appropriate that George was named grand marshal,” Drewry said. “He did so much for veterans, especially behind the scenes.”

Perry's brother Robert also addressed the crowd and spoke of his brother's love for Westborough and for helping fellow veterans. In fact, he noted, he had spoken to George the night before he passed away. George, who had recently been hospitalized, was supposed to be resting, Robert said. Instead, he was hard at work, doing what he loved best – helping others.

“I love you my brother, my friend, my comrade,” Robert concluded. “Until we meet again I salute you.”

During a round of rifle fire several Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts read the names of veterans who died in 2013. A final prayer was also offered by Pastor John Taylor, the senior pastor of the First United Methodist Church.

Photos/Bonnie Adams

Local veterans wave to well-wishers along the parade route.

Local veterans wave to well-wishers along the parade route.

The Sarah W. Gibbons Middle School Marching Band arrives at the Forbes Municipal Building.

The Sarah W. Gibbons Middle School Marching Band arrives at the Forbes Municipal Building.

Local Cub Scouts march in the parade.

Local Cub Scouts march in the parade.

A color guard marches in the parade.

A color guard marches in the parade.

The WHS Marching Band plays a selection of patriotic tunes.

The WHS Marching Band plays a selection of patriotic tunes.

Veterans Luis Torres and William Carr listen to the guest speakers.

Veterans Luis Torres and William Carr listen to the guest speakers.

Robert Perry tells a story about his late brother George, who was the town's veterans agent until his unexpected passing in April.

Robert Perry tells a story about his late brother George, who was the town's veterans agent until his unexpected passing in April.

The WHS a cappella group,

The WHS a cappella group, “Don's Panic” performs the national anthem.

Adelene Egan, president of the WHS National Honor Society, recites the Gettysburg address.

Adelene Egan, president of the WHS National Honor Society, recites the Gettysburg address.

Colonel Brent E. French reads "Logan's Orders."

Colonel Brent E. French reads “Logan's Orders.”

State Rep. Matthew Beaton, R-Shrewsbury, addresses the crowd.

State Rep. Matthew Beaton, R-Shrewsbury, addresses the crowd.

Board of Selectman Chair George Barrette adressed the crowd.

Board of Selectman Chair George Barrette adressed the crowd.

Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts read the names of veterans who died in 2013.

Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts read the names of veterans who died in 2013.

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