Wreaths Across America 2018
Volunteer Nicole Pelletier spearheaded Westford’s participation in the “Wreaths Across America” program after being inspired by participating in the event at Arlington National Cemetery. This year the event will begin at Pine Grove Cemetery on Saturday, December 15 to begin laying wreaths at the graves of our veterans. The starting ceremony will begin at noon. Other wreaths will then be laid at Fairview, Hillside, Westlawn and Wright cemeteries. If you would like to learn more about the program, please visit the Wreaths Across America website.
Veterans Day 2018
Please see the Veterans Services webpage or the main town page for events related to Veterans Day. November 11 is also the 100th year anniversary of the end of WWI. There will be observances on the Town Common on Sunday at 10a.m. Also see our special tribute page "Armistice Day 2018" on the Cemetery and Veterans Services department main web pages.
The American flags that were placed on the gravesites of all our veterans at all Westford public cemeteries before last Memorial Day will soon be removed before winter weather sets in. They will be replaced in the week before Memorial Day, 2019. Please let the Cemetery or Veterans Services department know if your loved one served in the military but whose grave does not have a veterans flag holder beside it, and we'll make sure it is placed in the spring.
Memorial Day 2018
We would like to thank everyone who participated in Memorial Day observances this year and came out in the rain to show your support for our veterans at the center fire station. Thank you to citizens and Boy Scouts who volunteered to read veterans names on the Honor Roll. Thank you to our Veterans Service Officer, Terry Stader, the Memorial Day Committee, American Legion Post 159 and American Legion Post 437 veterans, Town Manager Jodi Ross, town officers, the Board of Selectmen, Rep. Jim Arciero, the Westford Pipe & Drum Corps and the Westford police and fire departments for doing so much to make the event safe, moving and memorable. Thanks to all of you who volunteered to place flags at our cemeteries, which will remain until after Veterans Day. If you're paying respects to a veteran at the cemetery and notice that a flag was not placed, please contact the Cemetery Department or the Veterans Services Department.
See photos from the 2017 observances:
Wreaths Across America, December 17, 2017
Volunteer Nicole Pelletier spearheaded Westford’s participation in the “Wreaths Across America” program after being inspired by participating in the event at Arlington National Cemetery. On December 17, 2017, volunteer citizens, schoolchildren and scout troops gathered at Fairview Cemetery to lay holiday wreaths on the gravesites of close to 440 veterans. Some wreaths were also laid at Pine Grove Cemetery and the Russian Orthodox National Cemetery. In the future, Westford would like to continue participating in this family-friendly and patriotic program with the goal of raising even more money and placing a wreath on every one of the approximately 1,000 veterans buried in Westford. If you would like to get involved in the program, please contact the Veterans Services Department and view the Wreaths Across America website.
Please see local newspaper coverage of the event in The Sun (Lowell, MA).