Presidential Wreath is placed on the tomb of Second U.S. President John Adams at a ceremony Friday marking the Founding Father’s 280th birthday. Among those assisting members of the Navy Operational Support Center Quincy were (left) Douglas Adams, descendant of John and Abigail Adams, Mayor Thomas Koch, Rev. Rebecca Froom, minister, United First Parish Church, and H. Kirtland Switzer II, chairman, Historic Preservation, United First Parish Church; and right foreground Kelly Cobble, curator, Adams National Historical Park. Also participating were Jim Cooke, portraying President John Quincy Adams, and student guest speakers at the ceremony Teresa McMillen, Quincy High School; Stephen Condon, North Quincy High School and Abby Rose Plourde, Woodward School. President Adams, his son, Sixth U.S. President John Quincy Adams, and their wives First Ladies Abigail Adams and Louisa Catherine Adams, are entombed in the crypt of United First Parish Church. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
Student speakers at Friday’s 280th birthday anniversary and Presidential wreath-laying ceremony commemorating the life of Second U.S. President John Adams with Gary Haynes, director, United First Parish Church History and Visitors Program. Second from left: Stephen Condon, senior, North Quincy High School; Teresa McMillen, junior, Quincy High School; and Abby Rose Plourde, senior, Woodward School. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
Friday’s wreath-laying ceremony also included an announcement that Gary Haynes, director of the United First Parish Church History and Visitors Program, is retiring. As a memento of his dedicated service to the church and community, a framed print of United First Parish Church taken during the historic winter of 2015 was presented at the ceremony’s conclusion. From left: David Bousquin, Office and Property Manager; Kirt Switzer, Chair of Historic Preservation and Capital Projects Committee; Rev. Rebecca Froom, Minister; Gary Haynes, Director of History and Visitors Program; and three members of the congregation and are also tour guides with the History and Visitors Program: Bill Westland, Jill Goddard and Lynne Rose. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth More photos, coverage in the Nov. 5th issue of The Quincy Sun.