Here's how your community is honoring Memorial Day
Here's how your community is honoring Memorial Day
Although widely celebrated as the kick-off to the summer season, Memorial Day 2013 will be remembered, as always, with tradition and ceremony by the veterans of the region. Solemn ceremonies and celebratory parades are planned on Monday, May 27.
Begun in the south as "Decoration Day" in 1865 as a day to honor the Civil War's lost soldiers, it is widely celebrated now on the last Monday of the month as a day to remember all who died in the nation's wars and military actions.
Here's how communities are marking the day this year:
The annual Memorial Day Parade, sponsored by the town of Lincoln and American Legion Post 33, will start at 11 a.m. at the intersection of Reservoir and Smithfield avenues. The parade will continue down Smithfield Avenue to Walker Street. Roads will close at 10 a.m., when there will be a wreath-laying ceremony for veterans and parade dedication to the late Robert Heaton, town tree warden and Army veteran, in Dow's Square across from the Saylesville Fire Department. After the parade, guests are invited to enjoy a free band concert and free refreshments at the Industrial Circle end point. Prizes will be raffled.
The Cumberland Veterans Council will hold its Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Gardens on the Monastery grounds, 1464 Diamond Hill Road. The public is invited to the annual wreath-laying ceremony and to hear guest speakers.
The town's 6th annual Memorial Day parade and celebration, with Grand Marshal Michael Gallonio, returns on Monday, May 27. The parade will start at 1 p.m. in front of North Providence High School and end at Governor Notte Park off Douglas Avenue, where the celebration and ceremonies will commence. There will be music, entertainment and a food court.
The Pawtucket Veterans Council will conduct the city's Memorial Day rites at several locations on Monday, May 27. Preliminary ceremonies, which will all include placement of wreaths, will happen at 9 a.m. at the Shell in Slater Park, 9:15 at the Hiker Memorial, 9:30 at the Korean War Monument at Park Place, 10 a.m. at the Mineral Spring Cemetery.
The main ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park on the corner of Roosevelt Avenue and Exchange Street.
City officials and members of the general public, especially veterans and military families, are all invited. Events will be led by Capt. Jim Robbins, Commander Maurice Trottier, Penny Trottier, vice president of the Rhode Island State VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Robert Balthazard, president of the Fleet Reserve, and Commander Ted Martins. Jack Lucas, state American Legion officer, will act as emcee. All times are approximate. In the event of inclement weather, the 11 a.m. ceremony will be held inside the Gatchell VFW Post on the corner of Fountain and Blake streets.
American Legion Balfour-Cole Post 64 along with Smithfield Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2929 and its Ladies Auxiliary, will hold a joint memorial service at the Veterans' Memorial, Deerfield Park, Smithfield, on Monday, May 27, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
A parade of colors will kick off the ceremony with honor guards from the Smithfield Police Department and the Smithfield Fire Department.
As in past years, this ceremony will be solemn and inspirational for all. Participation is expected from the Gallagher Middle School chorus as well as the Smithfield Chorus.
The public is welcome pay respects to our fallen comrades and to honor all veterans.
Further to support our returned comrades, The Smithfield Senior Center is collecting new socks, shirts and underwear for Operation Stand Down RI, and it's requested that those attending the Memorial Day ceremony make a donation of these items to assist struggling and homeless veterans in Rhode Island.
Scituate's annual parade and exercises, sponsored by the American Legion Scituate Post 19, forms at 10 a.m. at Berkander Field and Institute Lane and steps off at 10:30 a.m. from the corner of Institute Lane and Danielson Pike (Route 6). It will proceed west on Danielson Pike to Silk Lane to Greenville Road (Route 116), to the steps of the Old Historical Congregational Church on Route 116 for ceremonies to honor departed veterans.
In case of rain, the events will move into the North Scituate Community House adjacent to the Congregational Church.
Sponsored by the Glocester Light Infantry, Glocester's parade steps off at 10 a.m. from the Freewill Baptist Church on Putnam Pike. It will proceed down Route 44 with stops at a bridge in Chepachet, at Town Hall to lay wreaths at the town's memorials and at the Acoates Hill Cemetery.
In addition to civic groups, Veterans and the North Smithfield High School Marching band, this year's Memorial Day parade will be held on Monday, May 27 and will feature the famous Newport Pipes and Drums Band.
The parade will step off at 10:30 a.m. from the Slatersville Plaza and will proceed down North Main Street to Town Hall for a memorial service, then continue to the VFW Leclair-Kozlik Post. The 2013 Grand Marshall is Veteran of the Year Ernest Frappier the Past State Commander of the VFW and Past Commander of VFW Post 6342.
The United Veterans Council annual Memorial Day Parade will start in the parking lot of the former Blockbuster building on Cumberland Street at 10 a.m. on May 27 and will disperse at Market Square. This year's Grand Marshal is Ernest Boisvert. Participants include local dignitaries, the Woonsocket High School Band, the Woonsocket Middle School Band, the Woonsocket Fire Department Honor Guard, the Woonsocket Police Department Honor Guard, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Cub Scout Pack 2 and Woonsocket ROTC.