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Cheshire's Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony Happening Today

May 24, 2013 by John Rook

Rain or shine, the members of the Cheshire Veterans Council will be holding its annual Wreath Laying Ceremony in lead up to the Memorial Day Parade on Sunday, and holiday on Monday.
Veterans, local dignitaries, and residents are expected to turn out this morning, 10 a.m., in front of First Congregational Church (the church green) to take part in the ceremony honoring all Cheshire veterans who gave their life in service of country. This year’s speakers include Cheshire residents Gary Rose, Al Adinolfi and John White. Rose, a professor of political science and an Army veteran, will speak about Cheshire’s veterans. Adinolfi, a representative in the General Assembly and an Air Force veteran, will speak about veterans of all wars. White, commander of the VFW Post, will speak about the heroism of two Marines in Iraq who were killed defending their unit.  Cheshire Mayor Tim Slocum will convey greetings on behalf of the town.
A parade of color guards—veterans, the Police and Fire Departments, and Girl and Boy Scouts—will open the ceremony. A Boy Scout will lead the audience in saying the Pledge of Allegiance. A wreath will be placed at the Civil War monument. Members of the Cheshire High School VIP Chorus will sing the National Anthem and “America, the Beautiful.” The ceremony will last about half an hour.
Afterward, Pvt. Lester Rochford VFW Post 10052, will give free cemetery flags.

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