Saturday, Sept. 22 will be a day of remembrance on Foxboro Common for military prisoners of war and military servicemen and women missing in action.
The town's second annual POW*MIA Remembrance Day is organized by the Foxborough Veterans Services Department and the town's Veterans Services Advisory Committee (VSAC). Below is a preliminary program for the event:
- Ceremony begins at 4:45 p.m.
- Circling of Common - 1 Rolling Thunder and Legion Riders
- Bo Siteman, VSAC chair, will give the Welcome Remarks and Introduction of Master of Ceremony Joseph Lally
- Father Steve Madden, pastor of St. Mary Church has been asked to give the Invocation
- Combined Color Guards - AL 93 & VFW 2626 will post the colors
- Salute to the flag
- The National Anthem is expected to be performed by a Foxborough High School student
- Introduction of Dignitaries will include State Senator James Timilty, State Representative Jay Barrows, members of the Foxborough Board of Selectmen and John Hogan, district director, CVSD.
- Speakers during the event will include Timilty or Barrows, Foxborough Town Historian Jack Authelet, Mike Johns, VSO, CVSD and John MacGillivary, VSO, Newton.
- Heath Hobson, VSO, CVSD will read the narrative of the Missing Man Table
- Joseph D'Entremont, president of MA-1 Rolling Thunder will present the POW*MIA Flag to BOS chair James DeVellis.
- Pastor Bill Dudley of Union Church in South Foxborough will give the benediction.
- The combined color guards will perform the gun salute and Ray Fuller and Matt Mello will perform echo Taps.