By Cameron Small
Hometown Weekly Correspondent
Veterans Day is more than just a day off from school — it’s a day to honor and celebrate the veterans who have served and sacrificed for us so that we may live safely and freely.
Different communities honor their veterans in different ways, and thanks to Coordinator of the American Legion Auxiliary Michelle Doucette, Medfield recently continued its tradition of placing luminary bags along the paths of Baxter Park to honor the community’s veterans.
Commander Lee Tredway of American Legion Beckwith Post 110 led a rain-shortened ceremony on Friday evening, November 11. After his opening remarks, Navy veteran Rev. Stephen Zukas of St. Edward Parish led a prayer. Following Reverend Zukas was the presenting of the colors. Medfield High School singer Sean Narkewich sang the National Anthem.
After which, Commander Treadway named the members of Beckwith Post 110 who passed in the last calendar year. Medfield High School band members Adam Madej and John Barrette played taps and the echo.
Reverend Zukas closed with an additional prayer.
The American Legion was founded in March 1919, four months after the end of World War I. Medfield founded its own post in that same year. On February 15, 1923, “the Medfield Post was renamed Beckwith Post 110, in honor of the Medfield Beckwith Brothers, William and Wesley Beckwith, [both of whom] lost their lives in service to their country in World War I,” says Commander Tredway in his comments about Veterans Day.
To Commander Tredway, Reverend Zukas, all Medfield Veterans, and your families: thank you for your service. Thank you for the sacrifices you have made so that we may have the community and way of life that we do. Your service and sacrifices are not lost on us.