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Still, she's had success. As of February, 65 families had confirmed they are indeed related to the vet- erans. Fifteen have committed to participating in the Veteran's Day ceremonies scheduled for the Wonderful Weekend. They will attend the Memorial Grove dedication ceremony, which is planned for Saturday, May 19, and then walk or ride in the annual parade through the center of town on Sunday, May 20. Aside from the Greater Hall's list of veterans, JoAnn has also worked from a different source to track down veterans. In 1917, before war's end, the town wanted to honor those who had served by providing each of them with a gold signet ring engraved with the town seal. A ring then cost $4.75 (which would amount to roughly $100 in 2018) and the costs were covered by a subscription drive, with residents asked to pitch in what they could afford. Using the list of ring recipients, not only has JoAnn had an additional resource to find veterans' families, but she also discovered a wellspring of stories behind the men who served. For example, a ring made its way to resident Harold Rourke, but he later lost it while saving some- one from drowning, Joann said. The ring was replaced. Ernest Fisher received his ring while in the front-line trenches of France. A corporal in the Army 101st Infantry, Fisher said his gift made him forget about war and instead think of his hometown, he wrote in a letter that was published in the Sept. 13, 1918, edition of The Wellesley Townsman. Jack Early probably got a ring, but it was his life story that capti- vated JoAnn and Pete. As researched by Joshua Dorin, a history buff and alternate member of the town Historical Commission, Early right: Boy Scout Troop 182 at the 2017 Veteran's Day Parade bottom: Wellesley College on parade May 23, 1919 on way to Hunnewell Field for 'Wellesley's Greatest Day' 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 C O U R T E S Y O F W E L L E S L E Y C E L E B R A T I O N S C O M M I T T E E & A M E R I C A N L E G I O N P O S T 7 2 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 60

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