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Veterans, officials ready to mark Memorial Day

Variety of observances planned throughout town

A scene from last year’s Memorial Day observance in Southbridge. This year’s ceremony is slated for Monday, May 30. (click for larger version)
May 26, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — Mike Trombley and countless others have been hard at work for the past year organizing the Memorial Day Observances planned for Monday, May 30.

"I have been involved in Southbridge's Memorial Day since 1969," said Trombley, the Southbridge Community Center director, head of the Veteran's Service Department and a Vietnam veteran. "I got out of the service in November of 1968, became a member of the Veteran's Council in December of that year. My first Memorial Day was May of 1969. I didn't run all of them, but I have been involved in every Memorial Day since. Twenty-five years ago, I became secretary and treasury of the Veteran's Council. For the last 25 years, I worked hand in hand with Laurent E. McDonald."

Sadly, McDonald, also a veteran, died last November. McDonald was the president of the Veteran's Council for the past 25 years.

"I worked with Larry for 44 years, right when I got out of the service," Trombley said proudly about his dear friend. "We both belonged to the Franco-American War Veterans from the day that I got out of the service. I worked with him on all sorts of projects. It's going to have an impact. What is helping is that in March, his son, Laurent R. McDonald, has been elected Veteran's Council president. That helps because Laurent R. has been involved, not a member, but involved with the Council. Him being that close to his father, he saw what his father was doing and he has the same spirit and ideas."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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