Mayor Invites Residents to First Burial Ground Dedication on Memorial Day

Mayor Scott Galvin invites residents to attend a special dedication of Woburn’s First Burial Ground, which will serve as the start to this year’s Memorial Day Observations on Monday, May 29, 2017.

A ceremony and Call to Order will begin at 8:15 a.m. at the historical Park Street location led by Mayor Galvin, Cemetery Commission Chair John Sawyer and Woburn Historical Society co-founder Kathy Lucero.  On display will be a new fence, restored stone wall, a new flag pole and flag, new walkway, new bronze Memorial sign. There will also be a map and legend of marked and unmarked grave sites—recently discovered with the aid of ground-penetrating radar.

The historic First Burial Ground is the City’s first and oldest cemetery.  It is also the final resting place of Woburn’s early settlers, military heroes, church leaders, oldest families, and descendants of several U.S. Presidents.  The event follows extensive restorative work and investments over the last few years by the Woburn Cemetery Commission, Mayor Scott Galvin’s Office, the Woburn Historical Society, Woburn’s 375th Anniversary sponsors, Veterans Services, the Engineering Department, Department of Public Works, and United Veterans Council.

Following the dedication, Veterans Director Larry Guiseppe and United Veterans Council Commander George Poole, will lead a march forward to Woburn Common at 8:45 a.m., followed by observations at Woodbrook and Calvary cemeteries, Jewish Cemetery and a muster at the East Woburn Fire Station.

Mayor Galvin encourages citizens to join us for this special dedication, spurred by the City’s 375th Anniversary, and take time this weekend to honor the memory of U.S. soldiers who died while in military service by participating in some or all of Woburn’s Memorial Day observances.