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Memorial Grove. He is also the treasurer of the Celebrations Committee, of which JoAnn is also a member. She has assumed the unofficial role of project researcher. One of her chief tasks is to find the descendants of the more than 325 Wellesley residents who served in World War I. With a list of those veterans' names — taken from the World War I memorial in Town Hall's Greater Hall — JoAnn has mostly relied on the genealogical website Ancestry.com to try to connect the deceased with living descen- dants, so she can invite them to Wellesley's Wonderful Weekend. It hasn't been easy. Not every recent branch of a family tree leads to a branch from 100 years ago, or more recent times. JoAnn will sometimes make a firm connection, but then receive no reply. Celebrations Committee planted six eastern red- bud trees on the site. This May, the committee will hold a dedication ceremony at Memorial Grove that will include the unveiling of a granite bench and engraved plaque. The event will coincide with the annual Veteran's Day Parade, which incidentally, will be the 50th one in town history and will also commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. Suddenly, World War I will be far from forgotten. "We're losing our history by pieces, here and there," Wellesley resident Pete Jones said. Pete and his wife, JoAnn Jones, resident Tory DeFazio, and a few others have been finding those pieces and putting them back together. Pete, a Marine Corps veteran, is the vice commander of American Legion Post 72, which is helping the Celebrations Committee revive right: Clifford G Park 1917; bottom: Home Guards at Hunnewell Field July 4, 1917. P H O T O S C O U R T E S Y W E L L E S L E Y H I S T O R I C A L S O C I E T Y Honoring the Fallen W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 8 58

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