On Memorial Day 2015, ceremonies took place at memorial locations and the town common in Hopkinton. Ceremonies occurred at the Evergreen Cemetery in Woodville followed by the King Flag Pole, St. John's Cemetery and Soldiers Mound at Mount Auburn Cemetery on Mayhew Street. The events featured a salute to the flag, Placing of Wreaths by the American Legion and Scouts, readings of the "Gettysburg Address" and a Gun Salute followed by the playing of Taps. After honoring veterans at the memorial locations in Hopkinton, the American Legion led the march to the town common for speeches by Selectmen John Coutinho and Ben Palleiko, Patriotic songs performed by the Hopkinton High School Band, a gun salute and raising of the flag.
In-front of a jam packed town common, Selectmen John Coutinho described the annual ceremonies on Memorial Day in Hopkinton; "this is Hopkinton, this is the spirit of the fabric of our town and our country." Selectmen Chair Ben Palleiko spoke of the importance of remembering the principals those who have sacrificed in armed forces fought for; "most of us will only briefly past through history and will leave little mark, those covered today by American flags made our history, the story of our nation is genuinely written with their blood, we owe them more. Our obligation is to take this nation forward from where they left it, to remain true to the principals they fought for and strive to do our part to make this a country that we continue to be proud of."
To see highlights of the ceremony, watch the video below.