planted Posted November 11, 2009 Share Posted November 11, 2009 I know I'm early, but in case I don't get "here" tomorrow. I wanted to share this with you. Holliston, MA isn't far from where I live, and is part of my commute. When I drive to work through this town, I turn my radio off and take it in. Many thanks to all involved in this undertaking. Veterans Day tribute continues in Holliston Loading multimedia... * Photos Blair Signs 2 Purchase this photo Kathleen Culler/Daily News correspondent Holliston resident Bobby Blair, a Vietnam veteran, shows a memorial placard for Cpl. Nicholas Xiarhos, a 21-year-old Yarmouth resident killed in Afghanistan in July. Blair's nephew was Xiarhos' baseball coach and Blair's sister, who lives in Dennis, also knew Xiarhos. Blair posts placards honoring servicemen and women killed in Iraq and Afghanistan twice a year, for Memorial Day and Veterans Day. advertisement By Kendall Hatch/Daily News staff MetroWest Daily News Posted Nov 09, 2009 @ 12:00 AM HOLLISTON — Lining main roads in Holliston this week will be hundreds of signs remembering soldiers from the United States and its allies who have died since Memorial Day in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is the 13th time that resident and former commander of American Legion Post 47 Bobby Blair has posted the placards around town. He posts them twice each year, for Veterans Day and Memorial Day. Dubbed Roads of Honor and Streets of Sorrow, the sign project has been a tradition for the last six years, said Blair, who hung the memorials around town for Veterans Day, coming up on Wednesday. Twice a year, Blair and a small group of volunteers spends a morning affixing the double-sided placards to telephone poles. On Saturday, the group hung over 400 signs along the sides of Washington Street spanning from the Milford to Sherborn town lines and on Concord Street from the Ashland town line to Washington Street. Many placards were also placed on fenceposts at Finn's Field across from the high school. The signs, all hand-written by Blair, will remain in place until next Sunday, he said. The plain white signs display in bold, black letters the name, rank, and home state or country of every soldier killed in the two wars since Memorial Day. Blair, a U.S. Army veteran who served in Vietnam, said that even though the signs have become an expected appearance in town, it's important for residents to take a minute and remember the sacrifices made by soldiers overseas. "Everybody gets busy in their own lives - including me - and you tend to forget," he said. Blair said the project began in 2003, after he had organized a memorial for the victims of the 9/11 attacks. A member of the town VFW suggested a poster board be displayed in front of Town Hall listing the soldiers who had died in Iraq and Afghanistan. A single poster with a long list of names, however, wouldn't have enough impact, Blair decided, so he suggested the current model. Since then, Blair has hung the placards and performed daily maintenance during the week they are posted. In one of the first years of the memorial project, Blair decided to list each and every serviceman and woman who had died in the two wars to date, instead of just the most recent names. The signs stretched on for a staggering 34 miles, spanning seven towns, he said. While it was a powerful symbol, the thousands of signs proved too difficult to maintain and many were ripped down in a rainstorm, so the group downsized the memorial project. (Kendall Hatch can be reached at 508-626-4429 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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