Blue Star Markers dedicated in towns
The Roxbury-Bridgewater Garden Club recently held a dedication celebration for Blue Star Markers.
The Flag Day event was held first at the Capt. Burnham Homestead on Route 133 in Bridgewater and later at the Diebold Garden on Main Street North in Roxbury.
Adrienne Caruso, chairwoman of Blue Star Memorial Project in town, and Audrey Wilkicki and Ceil Santillo, co-chairwomen of the project, offered welcomes at each ceremony.
First Selectman Curtis Read and Selectman Jim Conway offered the greeting in Bridgewater and Roxbury, respectively.
David Perkins, Bill Baldwin and Mike Chuckta, who are members of the Sons of the American Revolution, presented the colors in both towns.
Each ceremony also included an invocation. The Rev. Robert Woodroofe of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Bridgewater and the Rev. David Peters of Roxbury Congregational Church offered invocations in Bridgewater and Roxbury, respectively.
Reed Woerner and Jamie Feather, students at Burnham School in Bridgewater, raised the flag in Bridgewater.
Numerous special guests attended the ceremonies.
Krista Fiorini offered history about the Blue Star Memorial Marker, and a military tribute was presented by McBreairty.
The dedication of the markers was made by Little, and Marnee Straiton, president of the Roxbury-Bridgewater Garden Club, accepted the markers.
In Bridgewater, the Burnham School chorus, conducted by teacher Jennifer Doiron, performed “This Land Is Your Land” and the Burnham School Orchestra performed “Yankee Doodle.”
In Roxbury, the Booth Free School third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students, conducted by teacher Jacob Bartfiedl, sang “This Land is Your Land.”
The Hilltop Singers from Bridgewater Senior Center, led by Jean Kavanek, sang the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “God Bless America” at both ceremonies.
Hammond and Peters offered the benediction in Bridgewater and Roxbury, respectively.
McBreairty played taps.