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Woburn opens restored First Burial Ground

Woburn will be rededicating its newly restored First Burial Ground in a special Memorial Day ceremony at 8 a.m. Monday, May 29. The ceremony at the Park Street cemetery is the kick-off event of the city’s Memorial Day observances and part of its yearlong 375th anniversary celebration. Created in 1646, the First Burial Ground is Woburn’s oldest cemetery. Located near Woburn Center, it is the final resting place of the city’s early settlers, along with military heroes, church leaders, and prominent family members from the Colonial era. The $95,000 restoration included the use of ground-penetrating radar that helped locate 431 unmarked graves. New fencing, flag pole and flag, walkway, and a new bronze memorial sign join the restored stone wall, as well as a map and legend of marked and unmarked gravesites. After the ceremony, participants will be invited to march to the Woburn Common., and then to Woodbrook and Calvary ceremonies for traditional Memorial Day ceremonies.

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