New England Observes Memorial Day
Sunday, June 8, was observed as Firemen’s Memorial Day throughout New England in accordance with the annual custom.
In Boston the exercises were held by the Veteran Firemen’s Associations of Boston and the Charitable Association of the Boston Fire and Protective Departments. The participating organizations met at fire headquarters on Bristol Street and paraded through the south end to electric cars that were waiting to take them to Forest Hills Square. From here the line was reformed for the march to the Firemen’s Lot in Forest Hills Cemetery.
Music was furnished by the Angel Guardian Band of Jamaica Plain and the Gate of Heaven Band of South Boston. John H. O’Brien, of the Jamaica Plain Veterans, was chief marshal; Lieutenant William E. Dolan, of the Boston Fire Department, was adjutant; and Harry J. McNealy of the Boston Fire Department, chief aid. There was a large detail of officers and men from the fire department. The guests included Fire Commissioner Edward F. McLaughlin, Chief Henry A. Fox, ExChief Daniel F. Sennott, Ex-Fire Commissioner Theodore A. Glynn, and Edward E. Williamson, Supt. of Maintenance, B.F.D.
Prayer was offered by the Rev. John M. Stenson, of St. Patrick’s Church, Roxbury, and the oration was by Joe Toye, of the Boston Traveler. The firemen’s graves in the lot were decorated with bouquets of flowers and a wreath was placed at the base of the monument by Mrs. Alice G. Sheehan, president of the ladies’ auxiliary. Taps were sounded by a detail of buglers from the U. S. Infantry.
Edward J. C. Powers, of Ladder Company No. 8, B.F.D., was chairman of the Memorial Day Committee and Martin F. Cavanagh, of the Roxbury Veteran Firemen’s Association, was Secretary. The Boston Protective Department was represented by Captain Samuel A. McDonnell. After the exercises the customary dinner was held in the Municipal Building at Shamnt Avenue and West Brookline Street, Edward J. Coveney, of Engine Company No. 25, acting as toastmaster.
The Cambridge Fire Department, under Chief James M. Casey, conducted memorial services at the Firemen’s Lot in the Cambridge cemetery. There was a parade from the quarters of Engine Co. 4 in North Cambridge to the cemetery, the line of march being headed by the 101st Engineers’ Band and a detail of police. Deputy Chief Cutler L. Vose was chief marshal, with a staff of captains as aids. At the cemetery the invoction was by the Rev. Mr. Meredith and there were selections by a quartet. The speakers included Mayor Richard M. Russell, Edward Tobin and Edward Caldwell. Chief Casey directed the placing of wreaths and the Rev. E. M. Paddock, of St. James’ Church, offered benediction. A volley was fired by a squad from the 26th Signal Corps and then taps were sounded.
In Chelsea the members of the Winnisimmet Veteran Firemen’s Association and the Chelsea Fire Department united in observing Firemen’s Memorial Sunday. Details visited Woodlawn, Holy Cross, Glenwood and Garden cemeteries, where the graves of firemen were decorated. The veteran firemen led by the Elks’ degree team band of Everett marched to the house of Engine Company No. 5, where exercises were held at the bronze memorial tablet erected to Fireman James Carolan, who died in 1917 when the “Ticonderoga” was torpedoed. Capt. Edward D. Sullivan was the speaker. Exercises were held in Garden Cemetery at the grave of Capt. Daniel Pepper, where an address was delivered by Atty. Daniel J. Murphy, President of the Chelsea Kiwanis Club. Chester B. Knowlton, SecretaryTreasurer of the Veterans’ Association, was in general charge of the arrangements.
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In Revere the veteran firemen and members of the offplatoon of the Revere Fire Department attended memorial exercises in Holy Cross Cemetery. The principal speaker was Mayor Andrew A. Casassa. Fire Commissioner Harry J. Harding, Chief Thomas J. McCarrick and Lieut. Harold Jackson were in charge of the arrangements.
Waltham firemen headed by the High School Band marched to the Firemen’s Lot in Mount Feak Cemetery, where services were held. Prayer was offered by the Rev. George Ekwall, of Christ Episcopal Church.
Exercises were held at the Foremen’s Monument in Mt. Wollaston Cemetery in Quincy, Mass., where there was a prayer by the Rev. Howard K. Bartow and an address by Mayor McGrath. Graves of Quincy firemen in seven cemeteries were decorated.
In Hingham delegations from the seven fire companies marched under command of Chief Albert T. Brown, with escorts from the Hull and Cohesset Fire Departments. Music was furnished by the Hingham Community Band. At St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery there was an address by the Rev. Fr. Peter J. MacCormack, and at the Old Ship Cemetery by the Rev. John A. Redmond.
The Everett Fire Department and Everett Veteran Firemen’s Association joined in memorial services at the grave of ex-Chief Columbus Corey in Glenwood Cemetery. Chief Philip A. Ham, of the Everett Fire Department, was chief marshal and there were addresses by ex-Mayor William E. Weeks and Police Chief William E. Hill. There were 158 graves decorated. Music was furnished by the 110th Cavalry Band.
The Hull Firemen’s Relief Association conducted memorial services in the Village Cemetery, where new bronze markers, replicas of fire department emblems, were placed on the graves.
Chief Jeremiah F. Sullivan, of the Fall River Fire Department, led a parade of Fall River firement to Oak Grove Cemetery, where the graves of firemen were decorated. Mayor Talbot was chairman of the exercises and the orator was Atty. Harold E. Clarkin. The Rev. Paul Micou, of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, was chaplain of the day.
The fire departments of many other cities and towns conducted memorial exercises, as this custom is being adopted by more municipalities every year.