MEMORIAL DAY, 2019
Town veterans will be placing American flags on veterans gravesites at St. Catherine's and Fairview cemeteries on May 11 (the other cemeteries are completed); if you would like to participate, please meet at St. Catherine's to begin at 8am. Flags will remain on veterans graves until after Veterans Day (Nov). Should you visit a cemetery in town and notice a missing or torn flag, or if your loved one served in the military but has not been honored, please contact the Cemetery or Veterans Services departments.
The Town of Westford will observe Memorial Day on Sunday, May 26. For a guide to the day's events, please go to the Veterans Services webpage or contact the office.
WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA, 2019
Westford is making plans to participate in Wreaths Across America again this year and lay wreaths on the graves of veterans in its cemeteries. More information will be provided later and you can contact the Cemetery or Veterans Services departments closer to the event. See the wreathsacrossamerica.org website to donate a wreath.
Colonel Robinson Honored At Westlawn Cemetery
Members of the Westford Remembers Committee and the Westford Historical Society gathered with residents, public officials and the Westford Colonial Minutemen at Westlawn Cemetery over Patriot’s Day weekend (April 14, 2019) to honor Revolutionary War hero Colonel John Robinson, who lies at rest with many of his fellow soldiers in the historic burial ground. In his honor, a portion of Concord Road alongside the cemetery was renamed the Colonel John Robinson Memorial Highway and a new road sign was unveiled.
Colonel Robinson (1735-1805), a veteran of the French and Indian War and a former Westford town selectman, was Westford’s highest-ranking Revolutionary War officer who led Minutemen to the North Bridge at Concord on April 19, 1775, where they faced down British redcoats and “fired the shot heard ‘round the world.” Colonel Robinson also fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill. The rechristened memorial highway stretch of Concord Road runs between Rte. 495 and Beaver Brook Road, not far from the school and road already named after the heroic war veteran.
The ceremony recognized Colonel Robinson’s life and achievements. The Westford Colonial Minutemen, who lead the Robinson Trail March to the North Bridge in Concord every Patriot’s Day, fired a volley over his gravesite, which is marked by the tallest slate headstone in the cemetery. Westford firefighter David Christiana, a talented artist who created the town’s 9/11 memorial, unveiled a bronze colonial battle drum and granite stone that he sculpted to memorialize Westford’s native son.
Should you visit Westlawn to pay your respects to Colonel Robinson and fellow patriots and townspeople who rest there, please respect the graves and refrain from making rubbings or leaning on the vulnerable headstones. For more information and photos of the event please see the Lowell Sun (“Road to grave, saluting Westford’s patriot”) at this link: http://www.lowellsun.com/breakingnews/ci_32575340/road-grave-saluting-westfords-patriot or the Westford Eagle, “Shedding light on a local hero” (April 19) at this link: www.westfordeagle.
Wreaths Across America, 2018
Volunteer Nicole Pelletier spearheaded Westford’s participation in the “Wreaths Across America” program in 2016 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 or contact the Veterans Services office.
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: