FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham is hosting a Celebration of the Life of Rep. Chris Walsh on Saturday, June 9 at 3:30 p.m. The public is invited.
The memorial service is open to the public but closed to the media; cameras are not allowed inside Nevins Hall, according to the City of Framingham.
The City had requested RSVPs for the event inside Nevins Hall by June 1. Earlier this week, about 300 individuals had RSVP. But today, the City said that even those who did not RSVP would be allowed to attend.
Roads near the Memorial Building will be closed on Saturday just before the start of the Memorial, and during a portion of the Memorial.
Here is the program for the event:
3:20 p.m. Family, speakers, elected state federal officials and the Mayor, gather at the plaza level of the exterior central staircase in front of the Memorial Building. Members of the Mass. House of Representatives stand together on the central staircase.
3:30 p.m. Lancers procession turns onto Concord Street and heads to the Memorial Building. The troop performs drills in front of the plaza.
3:45 – 4 p.m.Lancers and their mounts line up facing the Hall. House members form their honor line in the exterior central stair. The family ascends the center steps through the honor line and stops at the top for final salute from the Lancers. Family, speakers, legislators file into hall. Guests follow. Ushers guide family, speakers, elected officials, House members, City Council, School Committee to reserved seating areas.
4 p.m. Welcoming remarks by Mayor Spicer (3 minutes)
Joint introduction of Speaker DeLeo and Senator Spilka by Tom Sannicandro (1 minute)
Remarks by Speaker DeLeo (3 minutes)
Remarks by Senator Spilka (3 minutes)
Remembrances by Kate and Jamie Walsh; Framingham History Center Director Annie Murphy; Former aide to Rep. Walsh Brian LeFort; Steve Greeley; Former State Rep. Tom Sannicandro (10 minutes each; Kate & Jamie share the 10).
5 p.m. Invitation by Sannicandro to sign the guest books, watch the slide show.
After the slideshow, the two family rows are first to recess down the center aisle. The front row of Federal and state elected officials, mayor, and program speakers recess next down the center aisle to the back. Then the rest of the rows file out one by one in normal fashion. Guests join the family at the back of the Hall.