2013 Veteran's Day Ceremony in Sharon MA Brings Generations Together
The Veteran's Day Ceremony in Sharon MA brought a few hundred people to Post Office Square to honor the Veterans who have served and sacrificed for our country in the past and present.
Deputy Police Chief J.J. McGrath and Sharon's Veteran Agent, Paul Bergeron, organized the 3rd Annual Veteran's Day program as a way to gather residents to show their appreciation for our Veterans. There were Veterans from many different branches of the Armed Services representing service in WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and in the wars until today.
A variety of jeeps and military vehicles from different wars were on display. Veterans pointed out details about the vehicles, reminisced and shared information with residents and other veterans. Several active duty soldiers were also present with modern military vehicles. The Veterans Affairs (VA) organization had a table with information about VA services and programs. Military uniforms from different time periods were also on display, courtesy of The Sharon Historical Society.
State Senator James Timilty participated in the ceremony and spoke about our veterans' contributions. Veterans' Agent Paul Bergeron (right, in photo) explained the history of Veteran's Day, originally called "Armistice Day" after WWII.
The Sharon High School Madrigal Group under the direction of Lisa Frye sang the National Anthem while the American flag was raised in front of the Bank of America by Boy Scouts from Sharon. The singers' beautiful voices were accompanied by the Sharon High School Band playing an arrangement of patriotic songs by local composer, Michael Francis Smith.
What was most noticeable was the multi-generational turnout among the spectators. The freedoms and benefits that we have in our country today, and that attract people from other countries to come live, study, work and raise their families here, is in large part due to the service and sacrifice of our Veterans.
To my father, and all of the fathers, mothers, sons and daughters who have served and continue to serve our country I want to say how much I appreciate your sacrifices. May our active duty troops who are deployed overseas come home safely and speedily.