Boston Town Board is pleased with the town’s recent Memorial Day celebration
Tuesday June 18, 2013 | By:Matt Sargeant | News
BOSTON — Reviews of the town of Boston’s Memorial Day celebration are in and, according to town board members and residents who spoke at the board’s June 5 meeting, the event went off without a hitch.
Councilmen and residents discussed the celebration, which took place in Boston on May 27.
Town Historian Keith Kaszubik was the first to speak, during the public comment period. He gave an observation about the Boston Commons.
“Everyone was immediately struck by the dramatic improvements at veteran’s park,” Kaszubik said, to the board. “[Highway Superintendent] Bob Telaak’s men, in the highway and parks department, removed all the scrub and unsightly railroad ties. The landscape has been manicured and new concrete walkways now lead directly to the individual war monuments.”
Kaszubik said that the cannon in the commons was painted and a flower bed now circles the flagpole. “I have since learned that this project was the sole initiative of our supervisor, [Martin Ballowe], who personally laid out the new design,” he said. “Now, more than ever, the park is a fitting testimonial to the history of our town and the service of our veterans. I’m also a veteran and I thank those who did the work.”
“We had a great turnout,” Board Member Jeff Genzel said. “It was a beautiful day. I thank our veterans, from all wars, for their service. Thank you, to Senator [Patrick] Gallivan, for participating in our event.” Gallivan was the primary speaker at the Memorial Day service.
“We’re blessed, in this town here, with the beautiful facilities, back there,” said Board Member Jay Boardway, who estimated that between 280 and 290 citizens were in attendance.
“Hats off, to [Town Clerk] Jennifer Mule’, who did all the background work, in getting that together,” Boardway said.
“Councilman Genzel also spoke and Councilman Genzel gave a fantastic speech. Some of the veterans, after the fact, mentioned to me that they were impressed, just that he’d get up there and speak to that crowd.”
The board member also thanked the town band, for performing for the celebration. “They always do a fantastic job,” he said. “They were all volunteers. They’re extremely talented musicians. We’re very lucky to have them in a town our size.”
Ballowe made a point of thanking those whom he neglected to mention, during the remembrance. “There’s a lot of people who do a lot of things out there,” he said. “It was brought to my attention, through an email, that I forgot to thank a few people. That was just a slip up. It was nothing more than that. For that, I apologize.
“But I did want to thank, and I guess I forgot to thank them, Girl Scout Troop 31364 and what they did was the reading of ‘American Creed.’”
The supervisor also expressed thanks to Cub Scout Pack 391, which raised the flag and led the Pledge of Allegiance, and Boy Scout Troop 491, which read the poem “In Flander’s Field.”
“It was very, very nice,” he concluded. “It’s great to see those turnouts get bigger and bigger, for our town.”