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Cheshire’s annual Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony honoring the men and women who died in America’s armed forces will be held on the Church Green this Saturday, May 24, at 10 a.m. The ceremony is sponsored by the Cheshire Veterans Council, which consists of American Legion Post 92, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10052, Army Air Force Round Table, and AmVets.
The ceremony also prepares the Church Green and Veterans Memorial Plaza in front of Town Hall for the annual Memorial Day Parade the next day. The parade stops at Veterans Memorial Plaza while a brief ceremony is performed and “Taps” is played.
This year’s speakers include Cheshire residents Ford Cole, Liam Nicoll and David Nastri. Cole, a naval officer and Vietnam veteran, will speak about his Vietnam service. Nicoll, a senior at Cheshire High School, will speak about the student group BRAVE. Nastri, a retired Army Reservist who served a tour in Afghanistan, will speak about soldiers who survive wounds that would previously have been unsurvivable. Cheshire Town Council Chairman 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 of VFW Post 10052 will give a free cemetery flag to anyone present.
Last year’s ceremony drew about 200 people. The Cheshire Veterans Council hopes for an even larger audience this year, and urges the public to attend.