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  Friday, February 27, 2015
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Memorial Day on Dorchester Heights
By Rick Winterson

     Memorial Day observances have been held in front of the Dorchester Heights Monument for many years now. 

     The 2006 ceremony began with Mass at 9. a.m., which was said by Fr. Steve Zukas, himself a Navy veteran and a St. Patrick’s Day Parade Chief Marshal.  South Boston’s Junior ROTC provided the color guard.

     Fr. Steve selected a passage from Maccabees for the first reading;  In it, Judas Maccabeus asks his warriors to remember their fellows who have died.  They come up with 2,000 silver drachmas for memorial sacrifices in the temple of Jerusalem.  The Gospel was the Beatitudes from Matthew.  “Blessed are the peacemakers …”

     After the Mass concluded, the attendees proceeded to the stone marker at the west end of the park.  It is engraved with the insignia of the five armed services – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and the Coast Guard.  Eleanor Hulak and Frank Moore emplaced a red-white-and-blue floral wreath by the stone marker.  Three salutes were fired; the ceremony concluded with “Taps” blown by bugler Ralph Ianessa.

     Another tradition was renewed also.  The Saunders Post served its beef-stew-to-die-for as a way to end the Memorial Day observances on a note of good fellowship.  And despite his recent bout with pneumonia, John “Wacko” Hurley looked good, especially while lighting up one of his trademark cigars. 

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Fr. Steve Zukas celebrates the Memorial Day Mass on Dorchester Heights.