Minuteman Cane Award Selection Committee


Committee Charge: to select a Minuteman Cane award winner each year.

To be eligible, a candidate must be:

  • A resident of Lexington for 15 years or more
  • At least 80 years of age
  • Actively involved in the community
  • An inspiration to others and exhibit a creative approach to life through a choice of second career, hobby or volunteerism

Every year Lexington residents are invited to nominate their favorite octogenarian for the award! This prestigious cane is awarded on Patriots' Day at the Ceremonies on the Battle Green following the morning parade.

Nominations for 2023 have closed. Nominations for the 2024 Award will open in January 2024.

History of the Minuteman Cane Award

In 1988, Lexington's Council on Aging and the Minuteman newspaper revived the tradition of awarding a historic walking stick to honor a Lexington resident. The original Boston Post Cane was presented to the eldest male resident. The new award honors a Lexingtonian, 80 or older, who reflects today's active senior citizen life. See more on the history of this award.

Previous Honorees:

  • 2023: Fran Ludwig
  • 2022: Leona Martin
  • 2021: Carolyn Wortman
  • 2020: No ceremony held, due to COVID
  • 2019: Patricia Elen Costello
  • 2018: Martha C. Wood
  • 2017: Sophia Ho
  • 2016: Bill Hays
  • 2015: John Frey
  • 2014: Shirley Tufts Lane
  • 2013: Eleanor Smith
  • 2012: Aurio Pierro

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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