The annual Memorial Day Parade will be held at 10 a.m. The parade route goes from the intersection of Elm and Florence streets to Main Street, over to Punchard Avenue and Bartlet Street, before ending at The Park at Chestnut and Bartlet streets. A collation for all parade participants will follow at 11:30 a.m. in Doherty Middle School cafeteria. In the event of heavy rain, all observances will be held inside Memorial Auditorium on Bartlet Street adjacent to the park. Any civic, patriotic or fraternal organization wishing to march should contact the town Veterans Services Office at 978-623-8218. As is custom, no political activity is allowed as part of the parade.
The bridge on High Plain Road over Interstate 93 in Andover will be dedicated to the town’s veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars during a Memorial Day ceremony on Monday. State legislation was approved last month to rename the bridge in tribute to those in town who have served in the U.S. armed forces during the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The act, which has been signed by Gov. Deval Patrick, was sponsored by state Sen. Barry R. Finegold, D-Andover, and Reps. James L. Lyons, R-Andover, and Frank A. Moran, D-Lawrence, all of whom represent Andover.
American Legion Andover Post 8 will lead today's dedication ceremony, which starts at 2 p.m. Scott Parrish, an Iraqi veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, will be the guest speaker. Finegold will also speak, and Michael Burke, director of Andover Veterans Services, will deliver the closing remarks. Post 8, led by Commander Ted Witman, will place the floral wreath and offer a rifle salute to Iraqi and Afghanistan veterans. The state Department of Transportation is expected to erect a sign at the bridge commemorating the designation. This will be the seventh bridge in town honoring local veterans and the wars they have fought.