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Westford to honor 100 years of women’s suffrage

Westford residents have an opportunity to help celebrate the centennial of women’s suffrage in the United States.

On Sunday, Aug. 23, a rally and promenade will be held on Westford Common marking the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote, which took effect Aug. 26, 1920.

The event, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., is being jointly hosted by the Westford Historical Society, the Westford Cultural Council, and the Westford League of Women Voters. Also to mark the centennial, the town common and surrounding buildings will be lit up at night with purple and gold lights from Aug. 23 through 27.


The lighting project is part of a nationwide series of events commemorating passage of the 19th Amendment. That celebration, led by the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission in Washington, D.C., includes lighting many landmarks and buildings in purple and gold on Aug. 26, according to Emily Teller, who came up with the idea of the lighting initiative in Westford.

John Laidler can be reached at laidler@globe.com.