Memorial Day 2021

Croteau-Coutts-Ford Post 24 observed Memorial Day on Sunday, May 30, 2021. The ceremony usually takes place at the Pine Grove Cemetery but was moved to the Marlborough Community House because of heavy rainstorms.

The Reverend Robert Fellows from the Federated Church of Marlborough led the Post and community members in prayer followed by Post Commander Trent Boehmler, who gave a speech honoring the servicemen who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Below is the Prayer that was given by Rev. Fellows. 



Today we especially honor Clarence Croteau, Charles Coutts, and Marshall Ford—representing those who served in World War 1, World War 2, and Vietnam. But there are many more. Please join me in prayer.

As we gather here, we are thankful for this day—for its blessings, its opportunities, and its challenges. On this Memorial Day, we remember the many brave men and women who have given their lives through the history of our country to defend us from danger and harm and to protect our founding principles of democracy and equal justice under law. As Abraham Lincoln said when he looked over the battlefield at Gettysburg, “we cannot consecrate this ground…the brave people, living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract.”

Loving God, those whom we honor today are examples of your words: “Greater love than this no one has: that he lay down his life for his friends.” They gave up their lives in the defense of freedom for their loved ones and their country.

We also salute all those who currently serve in the military, the police and the fire departments. We remember all those who sustained injury in mind and/or body in the course of their service.

We pray this morning for those who serve, for those in need, and for ourselves. We pray for everyone who has lost a member of their family or a friend. We pray that you welcome their loved ones into Heaven, and that you give those who are left behind strength.

Teach me to appreciate the virtue of patriotism–a true love of country. Let me love my country, not to follow it blindly but to make it the land of goodness that it should be. Let my patriotism be such that it will not exclude the other nations of the world, but include them in a powerful love of country that has room for all others too. (Adapted from St. Joseph People’s Prayer Book)

Loving God, your spirit fills the whole world, from sea to ocean, from the desert to the mountains. On this day, we pray for a maintained peace throughout the world. Amen.

Rev. Robert Fellows

Federated Church of Marlborough

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May Post Do’ins

The veteran soldiers met at the Town Hall at 9 oclock AM accompanied by Torrent Engine Company, Sabath schools of the different churches and led by the Mechanics Cornet Band marched through the principal streets to Granitville Cemetery. Prayer was offered by Reverend Polk after which the returned soldiers decorated the graves of their departed comrades. The line was reformed and returned to the Hall and listened to speeches from Reverend Polk and Reverend Coult also a very fine poem by Mrs. S.E. Blodgett. A vote of thanks was passed for the kindness rendered by the M. C. Band, Reverend Polk, Reverend Coalt and to Mrs. Blodgett. The Band and returned soldiers marched to H. A. Powers Drugstore and many thanks ever expressed for the kindness of Mrs. Powers and we wish we had many more citizens of the same stamp that have not forgot who it was that fought their battles and saved their homes retained one of the best governments there ever was an unbroken chain. Adjourned to meet at the call of the President.”

Secretary George Gilden

Veteran Soldiers of Marlboro

May 30th 1880

The Veteran Soldiers of Marlboro was an organization of local Civil War veterans. In 1919, members of this organization, by unanimous vote, became a post in the newly formed American Legion. As illustrated by the excerpt from the Secretary Record of Veteran Soldiers, our town began recognizing Memorial Day (Decoration Day) annually since at least 1880. The name “Memorial Day”, which was was first attested in 1882, gradually became more common than “Decoration Day” after World War II but was not declared the official name by federal law until 1967.

Croteau-Coutts-Ford Post 24 will continue this annual tradition this year with a ceremony on Sunday, the 30th of May at the Pine Grove Cemetery beginning at 10 AM. Unfortunately, the Post has again decided to forgo a parade in deference to current COVID protocols. We look forward to resuming this aspect of our Memorial Day festivities in 2022.

Don’t forget that the Post is currently collecting worn, tattered, unserviceable flags for proper disposal. The flags can be given to any Post member or dropped off at Main Crust Company. The flags will be disposed of at a proper ceremony on Flag Day. More information will be published in the June bulletin.

In the March Bulletin, the Post published the Resolution to change the name of our Post from Croteau-Coutts Post 24 to Croteau-Coutts-Ford Post 24. On 15 February 2021, a new Charter was presented to the Post formalizing the name change. Over the next couple of months, Post officers will be planning an appropriate rededication ceremony to be held toward the end of the summer. We plan to make this a community event so watch this space in the coming months for more information!

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