Memorial Lane

Memorial stones along Memorial Lane at the Falmouth Public Library on Main Street, May 19.

The annual Memorial Day ceremony will not be held on the library lawn, but Falmouth residents will still be able to see the observance.

“We put together a video which will play on the TV, on FCTV,” Director of Veterans Services Dorrence E. Lincoln Jr. said. “The video is going to mimic what we’ve done in the past.”

US Coast Guard veteran Robert Foos will serve as master of ceremonies for the event, which honors military personnel who have died serving their country.

Retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel Paula Smith will read the names of Falmouth residents who are memorialized with stones on Memorial Lane during the ceremony, with Randy Collette ringing a bell after each name is read aloud.

Lt. Col. Smith will also read the names of 102 Falmouth veterans who died in the past year.

Mr. Lincoln said the ceremony will help people reflect upon the meaning of Memorial Day.

“It is a time for families to get together, but it is not about drinking Budweiser and having a good time,” he said. “It is about reflecting on the veterans who have passed.”

Mr. Lincoln added that if a Falmouth veteran’s name is not mentioned, the family may call the veterans office at 508-495-7450 any time during the next year and the names will be added to the list for future ceremonies.

Captain Christian. J. Glander, the sector commander for the Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England, will be the keynote speaker.

The event will also feature remarks by Adrian C.J. Dufresne, prayers by the Reverend Nell Fields of Waquoit Congregational Church, and performances of “Amazing Grace” by the Brian Boru Pipe Band and “Taps” by Jay Souweine.

Harley Smith of Scouts BSA Troop 42 and Melody Smith of Scouts BSA Troop 137 will lead the pledge of allegiance, and Emma Collette will read a proclamation from Governor Charles D. Baker Jr.

The video will feature musical footage from past events, including performances of “The Star Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful” by the combined Falmouth school band and performances of the “Navy Hymn” and the service medley by the Greater Falmouth Community Chorus.

The Memorial Day ceremony will air on Falmouth Community Television Government Channel 15 on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, at 10 AM. The ceremony will also air at 12:30 and 7 PM on Monday and at 10 AM and 3 PM on Tuesday, May 26.

In addition to the video, veterans graves have been decorated with flags and grave markers.

“The flags were put out this weekend at the cemeteries,” Mr. Lincoln said, thanking the Masonic Lodge and area Boy Scout troops for their volunteer efforts.

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