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There are gathered here today, soldiers, civilians and children. From the soldier and civilian has come response in the past. Today there is a continuing occasion for response of unselfish service in the cause of the common welfare. But it is from the children of today that comes the response of tomorrow. These troops of Scouts, these boys and girls of the community are the patriots of the future. To them the patriots of the past hand on the torch. May they hold it high and keep it flaming.

We are pleased to add to the literature of Medford that written for the occasion (already mentioned) by Mrs. H. Abbie Dearborn, and read by her as Regent of Sarah Bradlee Fulton Chapter, D. A. R.:—

Our heroes.

Medford hills have heard the pipes of peace,
Each spring the birds trill tunes,
Troops of wild flowers heed the call
And take possession of the valleys sweet,
Or on the highlands build their strongholds.

Medford hills have heard the trump of war.
The country roads the measured tread
Of marching foes,
With splash of color red against the fields of green,
The cannon talking death.

The men of Medford leaped,
Roused by the dashing steed
That bore at dawn the rider on to Lexington.
They grasped the flint-lock, sire and son,
No time for words, action alone.
That day might fill a hundred years,
That day another page of history turned,
For untrained yeomen stood to face
The legions of a king.
There independence was proclaimed
That staggered, fell and rose again
For seven long years
Till all the land was free.

Medford hills heard once again the pipes of peace.
This April morn we celebrate
That other fateful April day
When the death angel hovered near
To pick her own immortals,

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