An annual Bedford tradition that began in 1979 honors a resident for their service to the town, through their participation in town government, support of a local non-profit organization, or general service to the residents of Bedford.
It is almost time to nominate Bedford’s 2022 Citizen of the Year — forms will be available on July 11 and must be submitted by August 11.
Who would make a good 2022 Citizen of the Year?
Citizen of the Year in 2019 Jeff Hoyland brought attention to an enormous number of Bedford students by consistently photographing their exploits on athletic fields and school stages. He posted all the pictures to his Bedford Snapshots page on Facebook, making it easy for parents and distant family to share their accomplishments.
There was no Citizen of the Year in 2020. The 2021 Citizens of the Year Lois and Brown Pulliam were honored for their long service on various boards and committees and are well-known for rarely missing a Town Meeting since they moved to Bedford on Jan. 1, 1960. The Pulliams will be feted by the town on Friday, July 8; originally scheduled for the autumn of 2021, their reception was delayed because of Covid concerns about indoor gatherings.
Click this link to read the full list of prior Citizens of the Year. Where possible you can read a biography of past winners by clicking on their names.
Whom will YOU nominate?
Nominations are submitted in the summer—the forms will be available on June 11 and are due on August 11. Once the nominations close an anonymous panel will get to work selecting the finalist before Bedford Day.
Visit the Citizen of the Year web page to find the 2022 nomination forms after July 11. Forms will be accepted through August 11, 2022. The Citizen of the Year will be announced prior to Bedford Day.
Bedford’s Citizen of the Year is honored by:
- Riding in the Bedford Day Parade
- Being honored at a reception at Old Town Hall coupled with the annual Bedford Minutemen Change of Command Ceremony
- Participating in the Annual Tree Lighting on Bedford Common in early December
- Participating in Pole Capping Day
And, each Citizen of the Year becomes part of Bedford’s history.