Chris Holman: Posted on Monday, May 30, 2016 10:34 PM
Despite heavy rain canceling the parade this morning, the Memorial Day Program at the Fitzwilliam Town Hall was a wonderful program.
Master of Ceremonies Ren Doyle announced winners and honorable mentions for both the program artwork and decorated bicycles, pictured below being judged by Robert "Gunny" Brewster.
Students from Emerson Elementary School won awards from Toadstool Bookstore and Andy's Cycles - thanks!
Mike Grab, Chairman of the Memorial Day Committee, read the Decoration Day address of Major Garfield (1868), and the group reflected on the 150th anniversary of municipalities participating in the holiday under one title or another.
One special moment was when the event committee presented a special award to Phil Crotto, Director of the Monadnock Regional High School Marching Band, for 35 years of Memorial Day Parades in Fitzwilliam: 5 as a student (he started in Junior High) and 30 as Director. He was my band teacher in the late 80's. :-)
A big thanks to everyone who participated, and particularly those who helped - from the soulful Reverend Lynda Tolton to the local posts who particpated, particularly fthose who decorated the gravestones of our military families.
And then the sun came out and we got to have fun with our families....