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Mendon Honors its Own

World War II veteran Doug Taylor was 24 years old when he served in the United States Army.

On the eve of Veterans Day, Mendon's own veterans were celebrated and honored with a special appreciation dinner held at the Senior Center. The dinner was hosted by the Council on Aging and sponsored by the Mendon Police Association and the Friends of the Mendon Elders. The November 10 event was the fourth annual dinner held.

The evening began with a performance by the Nipmuc Regional High School Chorus, led by instructor Marsha Ledoux. The group sang a number of patriotic songs to the 30 plus veterans in attendance. They also sang each military branches theme song, and had each attendee of that branch stand during their song to be recognized.

"Thank you for serving your country and our country," Ledoux said to veterans.

After the chorus finished their medley of songs, Mendon's Veterans Agent Robin Fletcher spoke very briefly. "If you have any needs, let me know," he said. Council on Aging Vice Chair Earl Pearlman, also a veteran, then gave the blessing. From there, the honorees enjoyed a delicious dinner of salad, chicken cacciatore, rice, and dessert—all cooked up by Mendon chefs Joe Calabrese and Jani Ferrelli and served by members of the Mendon Police Department and Boy Scout Troop 44.

Many of the honorees brought in photos of themselves in uniform to be part of a display which included local veterans serving in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and Iraq. Nearly 40 pictures were put on view; some of which included veterans who attended the appreciation dinner in prior years. The black and white snapshots caught the attention of many in attendance and conjured up stories of serving overseas.

Mendon's oldest living veteran, 93 year old Doug Taylor an army veteran of World War II, brought in his picture for the display. "I was 24 years old then," he said of the photo proudly. Taylor has lived in Mendon since he was four-years-old. He has attended each of the veteran's dinner and finds them to be an important way to thank those who served our country. "I think it's great they do this every year," he said.

There are approximately 500 veterans residing in Mendon. Any veteran or veteran's family member with a question concerning services should contact the Senior Center at 508-478-6175 to schedule an appointment.

Taylor is now Mendon's oldest living veteran.


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