2018 Medal of Liberty Ceremony

Citizens for Milford and the Milford Medal of Liberty Committee invite all area residents to attend the Massachusetts Medal of Liberty Ceremony, to be held Sunday, May 20 in the Upper Chamber of Milford Town Hall. The ceremony will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m.

“It is truly a privilege to extend this special recognition to the families of Milfordians who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending our country. We encourage all members of the community to join us in remembering and honoring Milford’s fallen heroes and their families on May 20.”
– Committee Chairman Peter Scandone

The ceremony will honor the service and sacrifice of over forty Milford servicemen who were killed during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The highlight of the ceremony will be the presentation of the Massachusetts Medal of Liberty to the families of these heroic members of our community. Each family will also be awarded citations from Governor Charlie Baker, U.S. Congressman Joe Kennedy III, Massachusetts Senator Ryan C. Fattman, and Massachusetts Representative Brian Murray.

Click here to review the list of fallen heroes whose families will be awarded the  Medal of Liberty at the ceremony on May 20.

Milford Medal of Liberty Committee Chairman Peter Scandone will preside over the ceremony. Vincent J. Cifizzari, Major, U.S. Army (Retired) and Commander James Johnson, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, will present the medals to each family. The citations from Governor Baker will be presented to families by Major General Gary W. Keefe, the Adjutant General, Massachusetts National Guard; and Brigadier General Francis B. Magurn II, Assistant Adjutant General, Massachusetts National Guard. Citizens for Milford Chairman Steve Trettel will present the citations on behalf of Congressman Kennedy. Senator Fattman and Representative Murray will both present their citations to families.

In addition to the presentation of the medals and citations, the Empty Chair Ceremony will be performed by educator and veterans advocate Jo-Ann DeMaria Morgan and Anthony P. Parente, Master Sergeant, U.S. Army (Retired). Secretary Francisco A. Ureña, Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services, and Michael K. Walsh, Chairman, Board of Selectmen, will both make remarks.

Music will be provided by the Greater Milford Community Chorus, local brass musicians, and singers and musicians from Milford High School. A reception will follow the ceremony.

This event is free and open to the public.

The Medal of Liberty program was established in 2010 as a means to honor the families of any Massachusetts serviceman or woman killed in action or who died as a result of wounds received in action. The medal is awarded in the name of the Governor of Massachusetts as Commander-in-Chief of the Commonwealth. The Milford Medal of Liberty Committee organized last year to assist all of Milford’s deserving families who wished to receive a medal in completing the application process with the state. More than 10,000 Massachusetts service members have been killed in action, but less than 200 medals have been awarded to their families.

Special Thanks
The Milford Medal of Liberty Committee and Citizens for Milford extend sincerest gratitude to local media and members of the community who have assisted in helping us connect with relatives of all the deserving families. We also appreciate the assistance of everyone in Milford Town Hall; the Massachusetts Military Records Branch; and the office of the Adjutant General, Massachusetts National Guard in processing the medal applications.

This ceremony is made possible by volunteer assistance from several local organizations, as well as generous financial support from local organizations and businesses.

Read the complete list of volunteers, supporters, and donors.

Location and Parking
Milford Town Hall is located at 52 Main Street in Milford, Massachusetts. Parking is available in two lots adjacent to Town Hall, as well as on neighborhood streets and the large lot on Winter Street beside the former Middle School East. The committee respectfully asks that the two lots adjacent to Town Hall be reserved for medal recipients and other attendees with mobility challenges.

Doors will open at 1:30 p.m.

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Questions may be sent to any of the following committee members:

Questions may also be emailed to CitizensforMilford@gmail.com