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 Hingham Massachusetts - Hingham  to Observe Memorial Day with Special Ceremony 20 May 2022 ( news )

Hingham Massachusetts - Hingham to Observe Memorial Day with Special Ceremony 20 May 2022 ( news )

Hingham , state Massachusetts
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   The Town of Hingham’s Department of Veterans’ Services and the Hingham Veterans’ Council are proud to announce that Hingham ' s annual Memorial Day observance will be held Monday , May 30 .
   The Town’s ceremony follows the nation’s longstanding tradition of honoring those who died while in military service to our country . This day was first known as Decoration Day , starting in 1868 as a day of remembrance and decorating graves of fallen Civil War soldiers and sailors . The day became an official federal holiday in ......1971 .
   WHEN
   The Hingham Town Moderator , Michael Puzo , will begin the ceremony promptly at 11 a . m . on May 30 .
   WHERE
   The event will take place outdoors at Hingham Town Hall . In the event of inclement weather , the entire ceremony will be conducted in the Sanborn Auditorium inside Hingham Town Hall .
   WHO
   All are welcome to attend the event . Dignitaries from the Town of Hingham , Hingham’s Department of Veterans’ Services and the Hingham Veterans’ Council will be present . The principal speaker for the event will be Sgt . Thomas M . Lester , U . S . Army .
   WHAT
   All veterans and their families , the Hingham High School Band , and all senior citizens will be provided seating . Honor/Color Guards will be posted in the Veterans Monument , and the general public is invited as well . Seating will be limited , so residents are asked to bring their own chairs .
   After the official remarks , the Town Clerk will read the names of those Hingham veterans who have passed since Memorial Day last year . A wreath will be placed in honor of all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice , as the Rifle Squad fires the volley and the bugler sounds Taps .
   At the conclusion of the ceremony , all veterans and their families are invited for a buffet - style luncheon at the Grand Army Memorial Hall , served by Hart Catering of Rockland .
   All student participants will be treated to ice cream on the lawn provided by Dan Spahn of All American Ice Cream .
   About Honored Speaker Sgt . Lester
   Sgt . Lester was born and raised in Quincy . Following his graduation from Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury , he matriculated into the Virginia Military Institute , where he graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology .
   Immediately following his graduation , Sgt . Lester enlisted into the United States Army as a 68W , Combat Medic . He attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson , Columbia , South Carolina; Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston , San Antonio , Texas; and Airborne School at Fort Benning , Columbus , Georgia .
   After completing Initial Entry Training , Sgt . Lester was assigned to the 2 - 504 Parachute Infantry Regiment , 1st Brigade Combat Team , 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg , North Carolina .
   Three months after reporting to the 82nd Airborne Division , Sgt . Lester was deployed to Helmand Province , Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel . Upon his return to Fort Bragg , Sgt . Lester attended the Small Unit Ranger Tactics course , and subsequently Ranger School at Fort Benning , where he earned the coveted Ranger Tab .
   Sgt . Lester was Honorably discharged from the Army on March 12 , 2022 , after five years of service . He has since returned home to Massachusetts .
   



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