The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 28, 2010


Vietnam veteran Chuck Bagnaschi to speak on Memorial Day

Carlisle will hold its traditional Memorial Day observance on Monday, May 31. The Minuteman Company will raise the town flag to half-staff at 9:30 a.m. on the Town Common. Following that, ceremonies will take place in Corey Auditorium at 10 a.m.

Immediately after the ceremonies, the parade will form outside the auditorium and will visit our veterans’ gravesites and memorials, where wreaths will be laid, prayers will be said, veterans’ names will be read, and taps will be played. The parade will be led by Marshall Scott Evans and the Minutemen, and all veterans and townspeople are invited to join in.

Following the parade, the town flag will be raised to full-staff at noon, and the First Religious Society will present a ham and bean luncheon in Union Hall.

The ceremonies in Corey Auditorium will be led by the Chair of the Board of Selectmen John Williams, and will include a performance by the Carlisle School Band and the town’s Scouts leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

The featured speaker will be Chuck Bagnaschi of Evergreen Lane. A native of the South Shore, Bagnaschi graduated from Northeastern University and saw active duty as a First Lieutenant in the US Army Signal Corps in the late 1960s. He was the Avionics Maintenance Officer of the 188th Assault Helicopter Company, and served in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive. A town resident for many years, he co-founded the Lexicon Corporation. He is currently a senior Technical Staff Member in the Power Systems Group at Raytheon Corp, where he has made significant contributions to a variety of military programs, including the Patriot missile radar.

The town’s Memorial Day observance is one of those traditions that make Carlisle a special place. Come join this tribute to veterans, in what has been called a most memorable and nostalgic New England small-town ceremony. ∆

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