May 26 2015

Burlington Honors Those Who Gave Ultimate Sacrifice in Defense of Country

By: Rich Hosford

Burlington veterans, public officials, safety officials and members of the community gathered at the Chestnut Hill Cemetery to honor those men and women of the armed services who gave their lives defending the United States. 


The annual ceremony brought a good crowd of people to the cemetery where the graves of veterans were decorated with American flags. The theme for this year was the 70th anniversary of the end of World War 2 and the guest speaker was Randy Bergeron, the Historian at Hanscom Air Force Base. 


"The official surrender document was signed by the Allied Forces and Japanese delegation aboard the USS Missouri anchored in Tokyo Harbor in September of 1945," Burlington Veterans Services Director Bob Hogan said. "The President & Chief Executive Officer of the Battleship Missouri Memorial, Michael Carr, sent greetings to the town of Burlington and talks about the importance of keeping the history of that time, alive and accurate." 


Also at the ceremony was guest speaker Retired Brigadier General Jack Hammond, who is the Executive Director of the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital’s Home Base Program.


This year was also the final year Hogan will oversee the ceremony as he is set to retire in June after 19 years of service in the office. Also, Veterans Service's Principal Clerk, Betty McDonough, who also has worked hard to ensure the ceremony was a success each year is moving to the Town Administrator's office. Both were acknowledged during the ceremony with honorifics and heartfelt thanks for all of their years in service to veterans. 


We have posted a couple of pictures from the ceremony below. Click here to see our full photo gallery on our BCAT Facebook page. 



Veteran Services Director Bob Hogan and BHS Marching Band Director Matt Lovell, both retiring this year, hug at the Memorial Day service


Veterans place their hands over their hearts as Reverend Angela Wells reads an invocation


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