Dorch­ester hon­ors heroes at Me­mo­rial Day ser­vice

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CAM­BRIDGE — This Me­mo­rial Day, the Dorch­ester County com­mu­nity gath­ered at Long Wharf Park un­der cloudy skies to pay trib­ute to those men and women who gave the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice in ser­vice to our countr y.

“We ob­serve this day with heavy hearts, but hearts filled with grat­i­tude for our coun­try’s brave ser­vice men and women who laid down their lives for their coun­try. Truly, this hol­i­day be­longs to them,” said Bob Tieder, for­mer Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 91 com­man­der.

The an­nual ser vice, which has been cel­e­brated for 71 years, was hosted by Cam­bridge Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 91, and many other or­ga­ni­za­tions were rep­re­sented with the tra­di­tional com­mem­o­ra­tive wreaths. The wreaths are placed at the foot of the World War I War Mon­u­ment that stands at Long Wharf.

Wreaths were placed by Post 91, Amer­i­can Le­gion Aux­il­iar y Post 91, Sons of the Amer­i­can Le­gion Squadron 91, VFW Post 7460, VFW Aux­il­iar y Unit Post 7460, Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 87, Amer­i­can Le­gion Aux­il­iary 87, Sons of the Le­gion Squadron 87, Gold Star Mothers, Daugh­ters of the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion, World War I Vet­er­ans, World War II Vet­er­ans, Korean War Vet­er­ans, Viet­nam Vet­er­ans, Desert Storm/ Iraq/Afghan Vet­er­ans, Dis­abled Amer­i­can Vet­er­ans, Ma­rine Corps, 29th In­fantr y Di­vi­sion As­so­ci­a­tion, Mary­land Na­tional Guard, City of Cam­bridge, Dorch­ester County Coun­cil, Cam­bridge Fra­ter­nal Or­der of Po­lice 27, Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 91 Boys State, Vet­er­ans Recog­ni­tion Com­mit­tee, Cam­bridge Yacht Club, Elks Lodge 223, Elks Lodge 1272, Cam­bridge Moose Lodge, and Pleas­ant Day Day­care.

A wreath was also placed in the Chop­tank River in mem­ory of those who lost their lives on the SS Dorch­ester when the ship was hit by a Ger­man tor­pedo dur­ing World War II. Of the 902 men aboard, 668 died upon the ship’s sink­ing.

“My heart is filled with pride at to­day’s cer­e­mony,” said Cam­bridge Mayor Vic­to­ria Jack­sonS­tan­ley. “I am so proud to be part of the cer­e­mony, and I want to thank the Amer­i­can Le­gion for car­ry­ing on the tra­di­tion of so many years that bring us all to­gether to re­mem­ber those who gave the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice.”

Tieder also gave a brief up­date on the Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 91 build­ing that is be­ing ren­o­vated af­ter it sus­tained sig­nif­i­cant dam­age from a fire in May 2016. He thanked the com­mu­nity for their sup­port and gen­eros­ity dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time for the post, and in­vited every­one to an open house at their tem­po­rary space, Gover­nor’s Hall at Sail­winds, af­ter the cer­e­mony.

Dr. Paul Stag rep­re­sented the vet­er­ans of World War I, wear­ing the cap of his un­cle Harry Stag who was wounded in France in WWI, and re­ceived a Sil­ver Star for his guid­ance of tanks dur­ing the war.

PHOTOS BY VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE

Bob Tieder, for­mer Com­man­der of Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 91, was the host and MC for the cer­e­mony at Long Wharf.

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