THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, May 31, 2019 Page 13 Day parade and ceremonies WEARING TWO HATS: David Savoie, acting chaplain for the Saugus Veterans Council, also participated in the Memorial Day Parade and ceremony as a World War II reenactor – riding in the jeep when he wasn’t presiding over prayers. A COMMENDATION FROM THE STATE HOUSE: Left to right, Parade Grand Marshal Randy Briand, a Vietnam veteran and the town’s grave registration offi cer, received a special proclamation from State Representative Donald Wong (R-Saugus) and the state House of Representatives for his “hard work, dedication and service to the Saugus Veterans Council and the Saugus American Legion.” STANDING GUARD: World War II Army soldier reenactors relax outside Riverside Cemetery. A BELATED FLAG PRESENTATION: Nicole Borowski, of Saugus, center, receives an American flag from Saugus Veterans Council Commander Steve Castinetti. By tradition, the next-of-kin receives an American fl ag for the passing of a loved one who was a veteran. Borowski’s family previously received a flag. But she requested one for herself to remember her father, John Borowski, a Vietnam War veteran who died two years ago. SAUGUS’S FINEST: The color guard from the Saugus Police Department. UNCLE SAM’S WIFE? Saugus Garden Club Director Ruth Berg, a longtime supporter of local veterans’ events and benefi ts, was decked out in a patriotic outfi t. MEETING FOR THE FIRST TIME: Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services Secretary Francisco A. Ureña, right, has known about “the wonderful work” of Vietnam War U.S. Army veteran Gordon Shepard taking care of veterans’ graves in Riverside Cemetery. The two veterans fi nally got to meet last Saturday. SINGING FOR HER HOMETOWN: Doreen Murray, who grew up in town and graduated from Saugus High School in 1971, sang the National Anthem from a stage set up in front of the Saugus Public Library. She has been performing since age three. SAVORING A GORGEOUS DAY: Left to right, Belmonte Middle School Principal Myra Monto and her mother, Saugus Garden Club Co-President Donna Manoogian, relax on the fl oat assembled by student members of the Youth Empowering Saugus (YES) Club of Belmonte Middle School. SAUGUS VETERAN RECOGNIZED FOR CEMETERY WORK: During a collation held last Saturday at the Cpl. Scott J. Procopio Saugus Post 210 American Legion Hall, Vietnam War veteran Gordon Shepard received a special token “Awarded For Excellence” from Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services Secretary Francisco A. Ureña. (See Insert.) Ureña took the token out of his pocket after being introduced to Shepard as the hardworking veteran who recently completed a three-year project restoring the Civil War veterans’ burial plot at Riverside Cemetery. This is the latest volunteer project that the Army veteran has been involved with over the past decade. During that time, he has been credited with thousands of hours of work on 400 veterans’ graves in the cemetery’s three military lots. FRONT ROW SEATS: Four young children sit near the sidewalk on Central Street in Saugus Veterans Park, waiting for last Saturday’s Memorial Day Parade to pass by. Front row, left to right, are Nora Noble and Tommy Ray; back row, left to right: Wyatt and Sophia Gibson. FLAGS GALORE: A color guard from the Lynn English High School Marine Corps JROTC spread across Winter Street. A FUN DAY TO WALK: U.S. Army veteran Eugene Decareau, of Saugus, left, who served during the Korean War, enjoys participating in last Saturday’s Annual Memorial Day Parade as he heads up Winter Street to Riverside Cemetery. A SCHOOL CREATION: Members of the Belmonte Middle School’s “YES” Club, which stands for Youth Empowering Saugus, made this fl oat. Myra Monto, their school principal, joined the club during the parade.

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