Recognizing the tremendous sacrifice and service of our nation’s veterans and active military personnel, Citizens for Milford has initiated three community initiatives intended to honor these brave men and women:
Draper Memorial Park Field of Flags
Draper Memorial Park Field of Flags Honors Veterans and Active Military Personnel on Five Patriotic Holidays Each Year
Citizens for Milford partnered with the Milford Corps of the Salvation Army to launch the Draper Memorial Park Field of Flags in 2016 as a tribute acknowledging the service and sacrifice of our veterans and active military personnel with a display of American flags to be placed in Draper Memorial Park on five patriotic holidays each year, which include:
- Veterans Day
- Memorial Day
- Flag Day
- Fourth of July
- Labor Day
To learn more about the Field of Flags, including how to sponsor a flag, click here.
Massachusetts Medal of Liberty Distribution
More Medals Will Be Awarded to the Families of Milfordians Killed in Action on Sunday, May 20, 2018 and in Future Ceremonies as Needed
In 2017, the Milford Medal of Liberty Committee began working with Milford’s Veterans Services Department to initiate the process of researching and awarding the Massachusetts Medal of Liberty, an honor awarded in the name of the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as Commander-in-Chief to the family of any Massachusetts serviceman or woman killed in action or who died as a result of wounds received in action. The 2017 Veterans Day Ceremony featured the very first series of presentations of Medals of Liberty to the surviving family members of eight Milfordians who were killed in action. These heroic members of our community fought in World War II, Vietnam, and Iraq.
To see the list of the fallen heroes whose families were presented with a medal in 2017, click here.
Dozens more Milford residents qualify for the Medal of Liberty and their families will be awarded the medal in future ceremonies. The next ceremony is planned for Sunday, May 20 at 2:00 p.m. in Milford Town Hall. All Milford area veterans and residents are invited to attend.
To ensure that all families who are deserving of this honor are recognized, we need your help in locating families of fourteen Milfordians who were killed in action during World War II and the Korean War. Please review our list of these fallen heroes and contact us with any information you may have that can help us find family members of these heroic servicemen.
The Milford Medal of Liberty committee includes Vincent Cifizzari, Jo-Ann De Maria Morgan, Peter Scandone, and Matthew Veneziano. We could not be more grateful for their passion and tireless work to ensure all these families are recognized and honored! THANK YOU!
Veterans Day Ceremony
First Annual Veterans Day Ceremony Launched in 2016 to Dedicate the Draper Memorial Park Field of Flags
The Second Annual Veterans Day Ceremony was held Friday, November 10, 2017 in the Italian American Veterans Club, following a short musical ceremony at Draper Memorial Park
In addition to the presentation of Milford’s first awarded Medals of Liberty, the Veterans Day Ceremony included a presentation of the solemn Missing Man Table remembrance ritual, which honors military members missing in action. Music was performed by the Milford High School Marching Band and and the Milford High School Quarter. Approximately 200 folks attended the ceremony to honor the service and sacrifice of our veterans and their families.
Citizens for Milford extends its sincerest appreciation to Milford Veterans Services and the Milford Parks Commission, whose enthusiastic support make all of these community projects possible. Citizens for Milford is also grateful for our continuing partnership with the Milford Corps of the Salvation Army, as well as help from the Milford Junior Woman’s Club and Montgomery Lodge, in maintaining and expanding the Field of Flags. Thank you all!