Wareham honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice on Memorial Day

May 28, 2018

A small dedicated group gathered at nine spots in Wareham Monday morning, paying tribute to those who fought and died for their country.

Members of the Wareham Veterans Council, Wareham Militia, American Legion, the high school’s Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps and Wareham Police Department participated in a series of solemn ceremonies. Held at veterans monuments and cemeteries throughout town, the events featured an invocation, wreath laying, taps and a three-volley salute.

At Besse Park, the day’s fourth stop, a floating wreath was dropped in the water to “honor those that lost their lives at sea,” said Col. Matt Stanton, of the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps.

Stanton offered special recognition to Vietnam veteran James Bruce, who has been a driving force behind the town’s Memorial Day ceremonies.

“Year after year, James Bruce has helped honor soldiers, seamen, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen for the sacrifices they’ve made,” said Stanton.

At Agawam Cemetery, members of the Friends of the Wareham Veterans Council showed their appreciation by providing coffee and donuts.

A fairly new group, the friends formed before the arrival of the Vietnam Moving Wall last summer. The group helped bring the mobile monument to town by raising some of the $40,000 needed. Members said they’ve been supporting the council since then and will continue their efforts to help and show appreciation for local veterans.