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Medford in War time.

On Sunday afternoon, August 12, the Lawrence Light Guard was given a public farewell, prior to its departure for camp at Framingham, which was on Thursday. The various military and patriotic organizations, with the city government, employees and fire department turned out as escort over about seven miles of Medford streets, ending their march at Medford common, where the soldier boys were addressed by the mayor. The local papers have given full accounts of the same. To these for details we refer our readers. By courtesy of the Mercury our frontispiece is a timely illustration of this Medford event.

Our boys got safely over and are now ‘somewhere in France.’ Here's hoping they come safely back, but we know they will do duty well and help win the war.

The ‘selectmen’ from Medford have also gone to the cantonment at Ayer and are in training. The people are responding to the calls for aid in the Red Cross, the Library Fund and recreation help. On the two Liberty Loans Medford did its duty well. Here and there, all about the city, the red service flag with its white center and one or more blue stars indicates that [p. 87] from that Medford home some one has gone to the colors or is doing duty in the war service. The churches have Old Glory by the altar or ‘just below the cross,’ and their service flags displayed with impressive ceremonies. The Scouts are busy. Camp Fire Girls in one church gave its flag with twelve stars, singing ‘God bless, God keep our men,’ and older hearts were stirred as in ‘61 while the ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’ was sung.

This is but one instance; there are others probably equally impressive and with more names recorded and honored, and we watch the daily news columns with a tense yet hopeful feeling.

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