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All Invited to Attend Celebrations at Calzone Park and Draper Memorial Park on Veterans Day, November 11

Celebrations to Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Doughboy Monument and the Completed Revitalization of Both Parks.

All area residents are invited to attend two special ceremonies this Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11 in Calzone Park and Draper Memorial Park.

Both ceremonies will be incorporated into the annual Veterans Day Parade, which steps off from Veterans Memorial Drive at 10:00 a.m. The ceremony at Calzone Park will begin at approximately 10:30 a.m. when the parade arrives at the park. The highlight of this ceremony will be the unveiling of the renovated Doughboy monument, which was created to commemorate the veterans of the First World War and was first unveiled exactly 100 years ago on November 11, 1921. Descendents of the Matthew Calzone family will unveil the monument.

At the conclusion of the ceremony in Calzone Park, the parade will continue marching to Draper Park, where the second ceremony is planned to begin at approximately 11:00 a.m. This second ceremony will last about 45 minutes. A limited number of chairs will be available for attendees at Draper Park.

Participating in both ceremonies will be local clergy, veterans, town officials, state officials, and the Milford High School Marching Band. Peter Scandone, who is chairman of the War Memorial Revitalization Committee, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Milford has so much to celebrate this Veterans Day. Not only will we be marking the milestone anniversary of the Doughboy monument, we will also come together as a community to recognize the transformation of both Calzone and Draper Memorial Parks. After nearly three years of planning, fundraising, and extensive construction, both parks are now stunning monuments to our veterans and revitalized gathering places for residents and visitors to enjoy for generations to come. – Peter Scandone, Chairman of the War Memorial Revitalization Committee

Park Street, which is on the east end of Draper Park, will be closed to vehicles and set up as a pedestrian area during the parade and ceremony at Draper Park. Member organizations of the Milford Veterans Advisory Council will have tables set up in this area so they can share information about their organizations and the programs they carry out with everyone who is attending the parade and ceremonies.

The Field of Flags, a tribute to the service and sacrifice of our veterans and active military personnel, will be installed in Draper Memorial Park three weeks before Veterans Day. Parade and ceremony attendees are invited to walk among the flags and monuments in Draper Park and read the names of the veterans and active military who are memorialized and honored there.

Milford TV will broadcast the parade and ceremonies live on Veterans Day.

The ceremonies at Calzone and Draper Parks are being organized by the War Memorial Revitalization Committee and Citizens for Milford. The parade is being organized by Milford’s Office of Veterans Services.

If the parade is cancelled due to rain, the Draper Park ceremony will be postponed to Saturday, November 13 at 10:00 am. The Calzone Park ceremony will be postponed to Memorial Day next year.

The War Memorial Revitalization Committee and Citizens for Milford extend sincerest gratitude to the Milford Parks Commission, Milford Veterans Services Department, and other town and state officials for enthusiastically supporting and implementing the repairs and upgrades to Calzone Park and Draper Memorial Park. In addition, we thank the many individuals, families, organizations, and businesses that donated funds to make the renovations possible, as well as MassDevelopment for providing a matching grant to the funds raised by the community. Lastly, we thank the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Amazon for their financial contributions funding the two ceremonies. The overwhelming support from all members of the community for the revitalization of both parks serves as a testament to community pride.

About the War Memorial Revitalization Committee
The War Memorial Revitalization Committee is an Ad Hoc committee appointed by the Select Board. Its two-fold mission is to assist the Parks Department in the repair and revitalization of Draper Memorial Park and Calzone Memorial Park and to establish an ongoing maintenance plan that ensures the continued longevity of the parks and their structures for generations to come.

CANCELLED: Milford Pre-Town Meeting Forum

IMPORTANT UPDATE: At its Oct.12th meeting the Town Meeting Study and Improvement Committee voted to cancel the Oct. 18, 2021 Pre-Town Meeting Forum due to an insufficient number of Town Meeting Members having responded to the request for Articles to be considered.

The Milford Town Meeting Study and Improvement Committee (TMSIC) is sponsoring a Pre-Town Meeting Forum to be held Monday, October 18, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The Forum will be conducted remotely via Zoom. The Forum is open to the public.

The purpose of the Pre-Town Meeting Forum is to provide an opportunity for Town Meeting members, as well as members of the public, to obtain answers to questions they may have regarding some of the Articles contained in the October 25, 2021 Special Town Meeting Warrant.

Sponsors of Articles will be available to make brief presentations and to answer questions.  Participants are encouraged not to advocate for or against a particular Article. No votes or decisions concerning any of the Articles in the Warrant will be made at this forum. 

Town Meeting members and the public are requested to indicate which Articles they would like to have addressed. Articles with the highest number of responses will receive special emphasis for discussion. Read the  Special Town Meeting Warrant here.

To submit a request for Articles that you would like to see addressed, please send an email to  by October 11th.  In the subject line please write “Pre-Town Meeting Forum,” and in the body of the email indicate the Article number(s).

For those who do not use email, please mail the Article-number(s) you would like to see addressed to Town Meeting Study and Improvement Committee, Town Hall, 52 Main Street, Milford, MA 01757.