BOSTON FIREMEN’S SOCIETIES HOLD EXERCISES AT COMRADES’ GRAVES
Parade to Forest Hills Cemetery on Firemen’s Memorial Day, June I 0-Oration by Fire Commissioner Theodore A. Glynn
THE various firemen’s associations of Boston, Mass., held memorial services on Sunday, June 10. in connection with the Charitable Association of the Boston Fire and Protective Department at Firemen’s Lot, Forest Hills Cemetery. The program included a parade which assembled at 9:30 a. m. and included the police; St. Augustine Church Band; the Boston Protective Department as an escort; Chief Marshal, Lieut. J. W. Shea, Officers’ Club, B. F. D.; the adjutant, Capt. Louis Stickel; the Chief’s Aid, H. E. Hebard. The next in line was the Charitable Association, Boston Fire and Protective Department, H. J. McNealy, President; Officers’ Club, Boston fire department, Lieut. J. W. Shea, president; Jamaica Plain Veteran Firemen’s Association, J. H. O’Brien, president; Charitable Association, Boston Fire Department. H. J. McNealy, president; Charlestown Veteran Firemen’s Association, Capt. Philip Tague, president; Roxbury Veteran Firemen’s Association, P. J. Fitzgerald, president; Box 52 Associates, P. H. Parker, president; Guests’, Hon. James M. Curley, mayor of Boston; Lieut.Governor A. T. Fuller, Major William J. Casey, Hon. George H. Tinkham, member of congress; M. H. Crowley, superintendent of police; Theodore A. Glynn, fire commissioner; Chief John O. Taber, Boston fire department; Supt. Henry Thompson, Boston Protective Department; W. J. Doyle, assistant city clerk. Major G. A. T. Colgan, J. E. Goggin, V. C. B. Wetmore. T. A. Forsyth, Frank Seiberlich, J. J. Attridge, H. M. Fentoon, president, Boston Protective Department, and Lieut. H. J. Finlay, Revere Fire Department.
The parade moved from headquarters to the cemetery and the services at the lot commenced with selections by the St. Augustine Church Band, prayer by Rev. H. L. Hanson, Charlestown, and oration by Fire Commissioner Theodore A. Glynn. Commissioner Glynn referred to the Memorial Day as one of the most beautiful and humanizing on the American calendar, and said in part:
“We, my friends, have a special and distinctive day that has been set apart in the lovely days of June, to do honor to them who have died in a service devoted wholly to the protection and preservation of the life and property of this community; and I am persuaded that they who die to protect and preserve their fellow man from that most ruthless enemy of human society—Fire—fare surely as worthy of honor as they who fall in the destructive conflicts of war.
“The acclaim of a people and the gratitude of a government await the soldier who makes the supreme sacrifice; there are cheers for the living and tears for the dead; but the hero of peace, the fireman who faces death and mutilation in their crudest forms every day in the year, who may fall shattered in the ruins of a burned building and whose charred and piteous remains may be found and carried away while the careless, hurrying city passes by on business bent—what of him? A few lines in the local press, a modest funeral when his comrades bear his blackened hones to Mother Earth, a bit of crape on a door, and the grief of the anguished dependents he leaves behind. That is all.
“Because we know their service and sacrifice; because we are not content that they shall be lightly forgotten; because we are resolved that their name and achievement and the manner of their dying shall not pass from memory, we meet annually to recall our dead, to lay a wreath on the grass above their heads and keep their memory green. So today we lay a wreath above them for remembrance of who they were and what they did, that we from them may gain something of the spirit and purpose that animated them in life and made them worthy to honor in death. With their memory coming to us and filling our hearts, let their worth and recollection inspire us to emulate those dead Soldiers of Peace.”