Thursday May 15, 2014
South Burlington’s commemoration event is just days away, and it’s one you will not want to miss. Take part in this unforgettable day Saturday, May 17, at Dorset Park where the Veterans Memorial Dedication and Community Celebration will unfold.
Four years of visioning, nearly $180,000 of combined cash and in-kind donations, and a true demonstration of community support from businesses and individuals alike helped create the reality that is the Veterans Memorial and the “Pathway to Honor.” The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. and features the St. Andrew’s Pipe Band, the Color Guard ceremony by the Vermont National Guard, and the National Anthem sung by Gary Moreau. Veterans will receive formal recognition for their service, and there will be time allotted for several guest speakers including Major General Steven Cray, adjutant general; Rep. Helen Head, chair - Military Affairs Committee; and Command Sergeant Major Paul Edwards of the Vermont National Guard.
The ceremony will end with a wreath placed at the memorial by the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the 21 Gun Salute and Taps provided by VTANG.
Following the ceremony, the community celebration will immediately kick off at 3 p.m. The afternoon will feature patriotic band music and a full schedule of planned activities such as face painting, carnival games, a craft booth, the book mobile, a climbing wall and sports activities. The Don Campbell Band will perform a concert in the park, and the evening will wrap up with public skating at Cairns Arena.
If the weather is inclement, the rain date is set for May 18, and, if necessary, the event will relocate inside Cairns arena.
The planning portion of the Veterans Memorial may be over, but the pride and honor it will bring to South Burlington will live on forever.