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May 29, 2009

CONTACT: Peter Van Delft
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SCSD Honor Guard at the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Dorchester during Memorial Day Observances.

On Monday, May 25, members of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard were invited to take part in Memorial Day Observances at two well-known locations in Dorchester.

The first event of the day was a morning march to Cedar Grove Cemetery in Lower Mills for a wreath placement ceremony and observance exercises. The Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard posted the Colors during a solemn ceremony honoring all local fallen soldiers dating back to the Civil War era.

This event is known as one of Boston’s oldest Memorial Day observances. Hundreds of people lined the parade route leading up to the cemetery gates and, once inside the cemetery, they joined with Veterans of Foreign Wars post members, elected officials, dignitaries, the Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard, marching bands, and bag pipers for the somber event.

The Memorial Day Observance at Cedar Grove Cemetery is organized each year by a committee consisting of neighborhood veterans from seven different Dorchester posts: the John P. McKeon Post #146 AMVETS, Old Dorchester Post #65 American Legion, Neponset Post #5834 V.F.W., Lower Mills Memorial Post #8699 V.F.W., William G. Walsh Post #369 American Legion, St. Mark’s Post #1758 V.F.W., and St. Mark’s Post #1758 AMVETS. The Memorial Day ceremonies host post for 2009 was the John P. McKeon Post located on Hilltop Street.

In the afternoon, the honor guard joined many of the same elected officials, dignitaries, Vietnam veterans, and Vietnamese-American vets for an observance at the Vietnam Memorial in Dorchester on Morrissey Boulevard next to UMass/Boston.

This marked the 23rd Vietnam Memorial exercises according to organizer Joseph Zink who publicly thanked Sheriff Andrea Cabral, the Sheriff’s Honor Guard and Officer Matt Carver who supervises in the Department’s Community Works Program (CWP) – the crews that help keep the memorial site clean.

The Sheriff’s Department also posted the Colors during the ceremony, which featured the placement of a carnation at the monument for each of the local deceased Vietnam veterans whose names were read aloud.

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