EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 25, 2014

Memorial Day observances in the region

The Eagle-Tribune

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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.


The Memorial Day Parade will be held at 10:30 a.m. It will leave from Town Hall and end at Dow Common, where there will be a ceremony. All veterans and any family members who would like to march should arrive at 10 a.m. The Atkinson Women’s Civic Club is inviting bikes, trikes and carriages to be decorated in red, white and blue. Bring your wheels to be judged at Town Hall front lawn at 9:45 a.m. After the ceremony, the Atkinson Fire Department will hold its annual cookout. Enjoy music by the Timberlane Community Band. For more details, contact Brennan Scott at 603-275-0968 or scott.bt@gmail.com.


The traditional Memorial Day parade kicks off at 11 a.m. from Hood Commons on Crystal Avenue. The parade marches down to East Broadway, ending at MacGregor Park. Traditional services follow parade and are hosted by American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars members. Service include guest speakers, music, and other patriotic tributes. Call Parks and Recreation for information at 603-432-6136.


Memorial Day observances will be held at Meeting House Park, 11 Main St. behind Town Hall, at 11 a.m. In the event of rain, the event will relocate to Memorial Gym, located at the corner of Stage and West roads.


Parade marchers will begin forming at 10 a.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Lorraine Post 29, 64 Kenoza Ave. At 10:30 a.m, the parade will begin in front of Veterans of Foreign Wars Lorraine Post 29. The parade will head down Main Street to Summer Street and to Linwood Cemetery for a memorial service. Event will include marching, music, prayers and a recital of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.


Army Specialist Luis Frias will be the guest speaker at the Lawrence Veterans Day service at 9 a.m. at Bellevue Cemetery, 100 Reservoir St. The Rev. Carlos Urbina will celebrate the annual Memorial Day Mass at 10:30 a.m. in the mausoleum chapel at St. Mary Immaculate Conception Cemeteries, 29 Barker St. In case of inclement weather, the Mass will be held at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 300 Haverhill St.


American Legion Post 27 will hold its annual Memorial Day Parade at 10 a.m. All veterans are invited to march in the parade, which will start at the high school. Muster at the Post starting at 9 a.m. After the parade, there will be a cookout at 6 Sargent Road. All veterans are welcome to attend regardless of whether they are a member of the American Legion.


At 9:30 a.m., the parade will form at Methuen American Legion Post 122, 200 Broadway. Active duty service members, reservists, National Guard and veterans are invited to march. At 10 a.m., the parade will step off and proceed north on Broadway to the Charles Street monuments for a ceremony. The parade will reform and proceed down Charles Street over Hampshire Street, left on Lowell Street past the Central Fire Station, and left on Grove Street to the American Legion monument for a ceremony. The parade will reform and return down Grove Street, left on Lowell Street, right on Barker past the Senior Activity Center, right on Pelham Street, left on Lowell Street passing the Central Fire Station, right on Hampshire Street, right on Broadway and return to American Legion Post 122 to end the march. There will be a noon ceremony by Arnold Greenwood Post 8349, Veterans of Foreign Wars, at the veterans lot of Elmwood Cemetery.


At 10 a.m., the Memorial Day Parade will form on the west side of the Old Center Common (Osgood and Andover streets). The parade will then go right onto Massachusetts Avenue and then head left onto Salem Street, ending at Ridgewood Cemetery for a ceremony. After the ceremony, the parade will reform and proceed back to the common and disperse. A small contingency will form at VFW Post 2104 on Park Street for a ceremonial flag raising and reception. In the event of inclement weather, services will be held in the Middle School Veterans Auditorium at 10:30 a.m.


American Legion Post 34 and town officials will host its annual Memorial Day program starting with a parade from Pollard School, 120 Main St., to the Plaistow Cemetery on Elm Street at 9:45 a.m. The second part of the program will be held at Town Hall, 145 Main St., starting at 10:30 a.m. Several local leaders will offer remarks, including U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. The program will then continue, and end, at Post 34, 176 Main St., at 11 a.m.


The parade, hosted by local veterans organizations, begins at 10 a.m. at Pine Grove Cemetery at 329 Main St. The procession continues to Veterans Memorial Park for the ceremony.


The parade lines up at 11:30 a.m. at Sandown Depot, north of Town Hall on Main Street. The procession begins at noon and continues south on Main Street, stopping briefly at the War Monument on the Town Hall lawn. Children are encouraged to leave flowers, small flags and other tokens of appreciation at the monument. The parade continues to Center Cemetery for the memorial service. Lt. Col. Kevin Major will speak. Veterans, local officials and members of organizations are encouraged to march in the parade. Anyone who wishes to participate should contact Major at 603-887-5442.