Community members honor town’s ‘history of sacrifice’ on Memorial Day

May 31, 2021

A small crowd gathered on the lawn in front of Town Hall on Monday for the last in a series of small ceremonies conducted around town to honor Memorial Day.

The Veterans Council, JROTC, and Wareham Minutemen made six stops around town to lay wreaths, say a prayer, and recognize soldiers’ sacrifices with a salute and performance of “Taps.”

Colonel Matt Stanton started the ceremony with a short speech. He said that it was fitting that the group’s travels across town ended in front of the memorial to soldiers who fought in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

“We’ve talked today about the sacrifices of so many of Wareham’s native sons in battle,” Stanton said. “We have such a long, proud history of sacrifice in this town. It’s so important that we take this time to pause and reflect on what it means to sacrifice for our lives — our everyday lives — and what we’re able to do as a result of those sacrifices.”

Ervin “Tootsie” Russell, the chaplain at the Onset VFW, gave an invocation, before the crowd recited the Pledge of Allegiance. The Minutemen fired three volleys, and Christopher Berg rounded out the event with a performance of “Taps” on the trumpet.