Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author and presidential historian David McCullough was a featured speaker at the Oct. 28th ceremony commemorating the 281st birthday anniversary of Second President John Adams. McCullough, whose biography of John Adams in 2001 won him his second Pulitzer Prize, was among the dignitaries who participated in a Presidential wreath laying at the tomb of the second president in the crypt of United First Parish Church. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
Presidential wreath from President Barack Obama is escorted inside United First Parish Church by staff of the Navy Operational Support Center in Quincy at the start of the wreath-laying ceremony commemorating the legacy of Second President and Founding Father John Adams Friday. Adams was born Oct. 30, 1735 in the Adams Birthplace on Franklin Street in what was Braintree but is now part of Quincy. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
Rev. Rebecca Froom (second from left) minister, United First Parish Church, leads a brief prayer as a Presidential wreath in honor of Second President John Adams’s 281st birthday is placed on his tomb in the church crypt. Also taking part in this tradition were (from left) Commander Paul Annexstad, Navy Operational Support Center, Quincy; author and historian David McCullough; Mayor Thomas Koch, Rose Fennell, deputy regional director, Northeast Region, National Park Service; H. Kirtland Switzer II, chairman, Historic Preservation United First Parish Church; and staff from the Navy Operational Support Center. The tombs of Sixth President John Quincy Adams and First Ladies Abigail Adams and Louisa Catherine Adams also rest within the crypt. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth.
At the flag-draped granite tomb of President John Adams decorated with the Presidential wreath are from left: Rev. Rebecca Froom, minister, United First Parish Church; historian and author David McCullough; Mayor Thomas Koch, and local students who spoke at the Oct. 28th wreath-laying ceremony: Dashiell Chin (Quincy High School), Curtis DeBisschop (North Quincy High School) and Destiny Joseph (The Woodward School). Story, other photos in the Nov. 3rd issue of The Quincy Sun. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth