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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veterans Remembered

Veteran’s Day 2015
Written by Charlie Preus

At 11:00 AM on the 11th day of the 11th month, a ceremony was held at Sandwich Town Hall in Sandwich, MA. On this rainy day, Sandwich, like many towns/cities across the country, celebrated Veteran’s Day to honor and thank all who have served in the military services in time of war and peace. Memorial Day in May specifically commemorates those who died in defense of the United States of America. 

The first year we had our Inn, I was impressed with the patriotism demonstrated by the great 4th of July parade and the Memorial Day parade and ceremonies. The Memorial Day parade goes in front of the Inn and stops at the war memorials in Eaton Square, which is across the street from the end of our driveway.  After a brief speech, the honor guard does a 21 Gun Salute followed by the playing of Taps, always a very moving moment. This sense of patriotism is historically well founded in that a son or daughter of Sandwich had fought and died in every war ever fought by the United States, from the Revolutionary War to the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. 

Today’s Veteran’s Day celebration included the dedication of a beautiful plaque identifying those men from Sandwich that fought in the Civil War. The plaque is on the first stairway landing on the way up to the second floor Town Meeting Hall. The new wood plaque with gold lettering matches the existing plaque on the second landing dedicated to the Sandwich men and women who served in WW l and WW ll.

In 1861, the 294 men who enlisted were sworn in at this very Town Meeting Hall and marched from Town Hall to the train station and off to war for a three year enlistment. Of those who served, 54 died in battle or from injuries occurred during battle. These deaths are noted by a gold star on the plaque. A heavy price paid by the small town of Sandwich in the Civil War, which is still the deadliest US war ever fought with more than 600,000 Union and Confederate dead.   

In the little square at the end of our dive way stands the town’s large granite memorial to the Civil War. I have often observed it but appreciate it much more now that I read the names of those men from Sandwich that served and died in this tragic war.

When you stay with us at our Inn, you can see this piece of history and more in the oldest town on Cape Cod. 

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