Memorial Day Ceremony at the National Cemetery on Cape Cod

By Donna Cain, Innkeeper and owner

We recently drove into the National Cemetery in Bourne on Cape Cod. We had our dog Harrison with us, and we were able to have a nice long walk through some of the beautify woods that surround the cemetery as well as walking around and looking at different stones with the names and dates. This cemetery is peaceful and serene and a perfect resting spot for the thousands of veterans that have served our country. I was pleased to read on-line that there is a special ceremony at the cemetery on Sunday to celebrate Memorial day.

 Col. James LeFavor, commander of the 102nd Intelligence Wing at Cape Cod's Otis Air National Guard Base, is the guest speaker at Sunday's Memorial Day service at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. (102nd Intelligence Wing)

Col. James LeFavor, commander of the 102nd Intelligence Wing at Cape Cod’s Otis Air National Guard Base, is the guest speaker at Sunday’s Memorial Day service at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. (102nd Intelligence Wing)

by Conor Berry

“Active and retired military officials and their families are expected to flock to Bourne on Sunday for a Memorial Day ceremony at the Massachusetts National Cemetery to honor the nation’s 48 million veterans.

Col. James M. LeFavor, commander of the 102nd Intelligence Wing at Cape Cod’s Otis Air National Guard Base, is the guest speaker for the 1 p.m. event, which begins with a parade of colors by participating organizations.

Francis McDonald, chairman of the Joint Veterans Committee, will serve as master of ceremonies, and John T. Spruyt, director of the Massachusetts National Cemetery, will deliver the opening remarks. The Dedham American Legion Band will provide musical selections.

The public is invited to attend the rain-or-shine event, which will feature the laying of wreaths by various veterans’ organizations in honor of fallen comrades.

A volley of shots will be fired by members of the Joint Honor Guard, VFW and American Legion.

Taps, the traditional “lights out” musical composition played at military funerals and memorials, will be played by bugler Robbi Laak, an Army veteran from American Legion Post 188 in Sandwich.

The cemetery is located on Connery Avenue off Route 28 in Bourne, adjacent to the Joint Base Cape Cod . Additional information is available by calling the cemetery at (508) 563-7113.”

 

God bless America and all of our veterans!

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