Memorial Day 2018 (Monday, May 28)
Memorial Day observances are usually marked in Westford with services on Westford Common that features the reading of the Honor Roll, a procession of scout groups and service organizations on Main Street, and the laying of wreaths on Westford Common memorials. American flags are placed upon veterans' gravesites at all six public (Fairview, Hillside, Old Pioneer Burying Ground, Pine Grove, Westlawn, and Wright) and two privately owned (St. Catherine of Alexandria, and the Russian Orthodox National Cemetery) cemeteries about two weeks prior to Memorial Day and stay up until after Veterans Day. Flags are removed during winter months.
Veterans are encouraged to march in the procession and volunteers are always appreciated for observances or placing/removing flags. Please contact Veterans Services Dept. for details on how to be involved. More details for this year’s observances will be posted when they become available.
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 1,500 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).