The Town of Natick’s Veterans Services office has announced the program of Memorial Day observances, to take place on Mon., May 31:
9am, Gather at the Community Center parking lot, 117 E. Central St.
9:10am, Flag raising
9:20am, Cars line up and depart for Glenwood Cemetery (50 Glenwood St.), then St. Patrick’s Cemeteries (Pond St.)
10:30am, Indian Burial Grounds Service, Natick Praying Indians
11am, Prayer Service for Native American Revolutionary War Veteran Alexander Quapish. Service provided by Sons of the American Revolution. The Daughters of the American Revolution will also be participating.
11:30am, Services at Natick Common
12pm, End of Memorial Day services
Flags are available at Community Service Building to decorate the graves of Natick’s 3,500 veterans
For questions or to RSVP:
Paul E Carew
Community Services Department
Veteran Services Director
Town of Natick
Fourth of July update
For the second year in a row, the Board of Directors of the Friends of the 4th has canceled the traditional Natick Fourth of July parade. A message that appeared last month on the nonprofit’s website said, “There are many factors that led to our decision including the uncertain timeline for the vaccinations, return to larger gatherings, the safety of our parade participants and attendees, and the financial obligations involved in putting on a traditional parade.”
Friends of the Fourth has made alternative plans for the holiday weekend which include a “Go 4th and Explore Natick” initiative. 4th of July festivities will include a city-wide scavenger hunt that will take participants deep into Natick’s history. A patriotic house-decorating contest is also on tap July 1 – 5, with prizes for the top four winners. More details to come.
Local downtown businesses will also likely get into the act by decorating their storefronts.
“As you know, we are a non-profit that depends solely on donations and sponsorships and we believe that it would be irresponsible for us to ask for both during these difficult financial times,” organizers said on the Friends website. “We ask if you are able, please donate to the Natick Service Council to help those in our community who need assistance.”