Milton will honor veterans in a variety of ways this week, on and leading up to, Veterans Day on Friday, November 11. Town officials, members of , the , and many others will participate in a pair of events this week.
On Thursday, the Milton Historical Society will commemorate Veterans Day and the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War with a presentation at the .
The program, which will begin at 7 p.m., is free and open to the public.
Historian Dennis M. Doyle will lead the program, entitled, “Milton in the Civil War,” presenting his research into Milton soldiers.
“Charles W. Cook, my great-great grandfather, was a corporal assigned to Company E, 35th Regiment, Mass Volunteer Infantry,” said Doyle via a press release from the Milton Historical Society.
“Company E drew its recruits from the towns of Milton, Randolph, Stoughton and Canton. The journal spans less than a month's time, but gives a firsthand account of Cook's participation and observations at the battle of Antietam - the bloodiest single day in American history; culminating in more than 23,000 casualties.”
The program will also include music from the period performed by Emma Jean Moulton and a ceremonial reading by Selectman John Shields of the names of those from Milton who gave their lives in the Civil War.
On Veterans Day itself, the Town of Milton will host the annual Veterans Day parade and observance.
The parade, which will process from Milton High School to , will begin at 11 a.m. Participants are asked to arrive at 10:30 a.m.
Following the parade, town officials, clergy and Legion members are scheduled to speak. The Milton High chorus and concert band will also perform.
The keynote speaker of the Veterans Day Observance will be James M. Goodwin, a Marine Corp Veteran of the Vietnam War.