MELROSE — The Melrose Veterans Advisory Board and the Melrose Veterans Services Department are hosting a dedication ceremony in honor of Vietnam Veteran William H. “Bill” Forbes.

During the ceremony, the board will dedicate the pathway behind the Vietnam Memorial as “Bill Forbes Way.” The Melrose Veterans Advisory board encourages community members to join the ceremony, taking place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 26 behind the Vietnam Memorial located on Main Street in Melrose.

Upon his graduation from Everett High School in 1965, Bill Forbes enlisted in the United States Army. Bill served as an SP/5 with the 507th Transportation Group in Nha Trang, Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in 1969, and became a proud member of IUOE Local #4.

For the next 45 years, Bill worked as a heavy equipment oiler, operator, and elevator man. His family settled in Melrose in 1979, where Bill raised his family and became an integral part of the community. He was actively involved in local youth sports as a coach, referee, umpire and mentor.

Bill proudly served the City of Melrose for 5 terms as a Ward 7 Alderman and as the board’s president in his final year. He dedicated his time, effort and resources to the community he loved so much, including St. Mary’s of the Annunciation Parish, Melrose Veterans Advisory Board, Melrose Veterans Memory Project, and as President Emeritus of the Disabled & Limbless Veterans Organization. Bill passed away on September 24, 2016, at age 68.