The next year Lafayette returned to this region to lay the corner stone of Bunker Hill Monument, June 17, 1825, the fiftieth anniversary of the battle in Charlestown.
Of this memorable occasion we will only mention such items as concern our town's connection with it.
Sixteen military companies did escort duty that day and Medford's company was of the number, a fact to be proud of. Boston and five towns beside ours were represented by their citizen soldiery.
Our neighbor, Col. Samuel Jacques of Ten Hills Farm, was chief marshal of the procession, and had Lafayette as his guest.
Lafayette's friends, Brooks and Eustis, with the former of whom he had carried on a correspondence, had both passed on before this time.
The lives of these friends, in point of years, were nearly identical.
John Brooks was born May 31, 1752, and died March I, 1825.
William Eustis was born June 10, 1753, and died February 6, 1825, while Lafayette was born September 6, 1757, and died May 20, 1834.