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Cohasset Field of Honor a meaningful tribute to veterans; traditional Memorial Day observance planned
Cohasset Field of Honor a meaningful tribute to veterans; traditional Memorial Day observance planned
Cohasset Field of Honor a meaningful tribute to veterans; traditional Memorial Day observance planned

Published on: 05/14/2024

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May 14, 2024 By Carol Britton Meyer

The 18th Annual Field of Honor — proudly presented by the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 118, Cohasset — is a meaningful tribute to all veterans who have honorably and selflessly defended American values and freedoms.

Flags are posted on the Healing Field — located across the street from 98 Summer St. — in honor of these brave men and women, or in their memory, every year.

The Field of Honor — which has townwide support — coincides with the commemoration of Memorial Day in Cohasset, which has a tradition of strong support for those who lost their lives serving their country and all veterans.

Members of the community and beyond are encouraged to purchase a sponsorship or an individual flag to honor a veteran or veterans.

Each of the flags that fly at the harbor represents a serviceman, a servicewoman, or a loved one who made the extreme sacrifice for his or her country.

The project, which started on a small scale, has grown to more than 1,000 flags. The Field of Honor pays respect not only to the  Cohasset soldiers who lost their lives in service to their country, but also to the late Tom Wigmore, who created the Cohasset Sons post and founded the Healing Field with his sons.

Cohasset Veteran Services Officer Philip Mahoney plays a big role in planning Cohasset’s annual Memorial Day observance.
Memorial Day is May 27, with a parade and ceremony planned for that day. (See below for details.)

“May God bless America and all those who served and made it home, and especially for those young men and women from Cohasset and towns across America who did not,” Sons of the American Legion Commander Mark Murphy states in a “message from the commander” posted on the Field of Honor website.

All male descendants, adopted sons, and stepsons of members of The American Legion are eligible to join the Sons, which is a way to show support for veterans, their families, and the community.

The Squadron’s Honor Guard and Color Guard pay homage to Cohasset veterans at ceremonies and funerals throughout the community and raise money to help fund various causes. The Field of Honor is its major fundraiser of the year.

The generosity of local merchants and individual sponsors and the efforts of a dedicated team of volunteers ensures that the annual Field of Honor display and Memorial Day observance continue to be a special and moving tribute to veterans.

Field of Honor highlights are as follows: Saturday, May 18 — Healing Field and Veterans Memorial Park assembled. Saturday, May 25 — Healing Field dedication ceremony, 1 p.m. The Field of Honor — an awe-inspiring sight — is open to the public daily from May 18 to June 3.

For full details about the Field of Honor and how to make a donation, dedicate a flag, or become a sponsor, go to https://www.healingfield.org/event/cohassetma24/.

Memorial Day
Monday, May 27 — Transported by bus, veterans march into every cemetery where veterans are buried, leaving the George H. Mealy Post at 8 a.m. Stops include Green Gate Cemetery and the West Corner Memorial, then on to Woodside Cemetery, the Gold Star Mothers Memorial, and Beechwood Cemetery.

The parade formally begins at 10 a.m. upon arrival at South Shore Music Circus, where they meet up with other veterans, the Cohasset High School band, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and others.

From there, stops will be made at Central Cemetery and POW/MIA Square in the center of town. The last stop is Veterans Memorial Park at the harbor, where the formal Memorial Day ceremony is held, starting around noon. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The entire parade route will be lined with Cohasset residents of all ages in support of veterans.

Watch for more details about the Memorial Day ceremony.

News Source : https://cohassetanchor.com/cohasset-field-of-honor-a-meaningful-tribute-to-veterans-traditional-memorial-day-observance-planned/

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