Memorial Day Parade, Ceremony Honors Nation's Fallen
Felipe Cabrera

Veterans, active service people and ordinary citizens gathered in Vineyard Haven on Memorial Day to remember those who dedicated their lives to a sacred purpose.

Wesley R. Winston, an army veteran of the Viet Nam era, read the names of fallen comrades. Four families received gold stars, a tradition that dates back to the First World War when mothers of fallen soldiers began calling themselves gold star mothers.

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Memorial Day 2013

Seen in West Tisbury this week: a steady flow of pickup trucks in and out of the parking lot by Alley’s General Store driven by landscapers, carpenters, plumbers and electricians. Fueled by coffee and breakfast sandwiches, iPhones pressed against their ears, Island tradesmen were on the move. There were windows to hang, screens to repair, painting touchups to do once the May sunshine burned through the fog, seaside gardens waiting for a top coat of compost.

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Memorial Day Weekend Marks Traditional Start for the Summer
MAX HART

Memorial Day Weekend Marks Traditional Start for the Summer Season

By MAX HART

The handwritten sign taped to the window of the Martha's Vineyard Gourmet Cafe and Bakery in Oak Bluffs says it all: "Rain, rain, go away! Come back in October. We beg you!"

That about sums up this week on the Vineyard, but Island residents fear not: Memorial Day weekend is upon us. The start to summer 2005 is here.

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March to Sea Tradition Triumphs with Heartfelt One, Two, Three
Alexander Trowbridge

“One.” Parents leaned close and readied their cameras.

“Two.” Seventh-graders looked at each other in excited anticipation. They had waited all day for this, waited for years, watching as older students took their turns. They had led the procession from Edgartown School down Main street to Memorial Wharf, and now stood at the water’s edge, clutching a garden, ready to pay tribute to generations of fallen soldiers.

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