Communities Celebrate Memorial Day
LOWELL — For many people, Memorial Day is a well-timed holiday that gives them a good opportunity to fire up their grills for the first time.
Traditionally held on the last Monday of May, it’s a time for us to say goodbye to beautiful spring and hello to balmy summer. But while we celebrate the good weather and the changing of the seasons next Monday, it would be remiss were we not to spend at least a moment for the ultimate sacrifice made by American soldiers during their military services.
Communities around the Greater Lowell Area will be ringing in Memorial Day throughout the week and during the weekend. The Sun has compiled all of the planned activities for the holiday so that we all might plan accordingly.
ACTON — Town Veterans’ Services and Celebrations/Ceremonies Committee will host a Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 27 at 10 a.m., leaving from Acton-Boxboro Regional High School by way of Hayward Road. The parade will march up Main Street and then stop at town common for a brief ceremony. Participants will then march down Concord Road and arrive at Woodlawn Cemetery for the main ceremony.
AYER — A Memorial Day Parade will be on Saturday, May 25 at 10 a.m., forming at the Ayer DPW on Brook Street at 9:15 a.m. with the parade beginning at 10 a.m. Before the parade, the Memorial Day Committee will visit the Woodlawn and St. Mary’s cemeteries at 8:15 a.m. and 8:45 a.m., respectively. There will be a regular memorial service at Town Hall at 10:30 a.m. and a naval memorial at Pirone Park at 11 a.m.
BEDFORD — Monday, May 27 will host a lengthy set of ceremonies in honor of Memorial Day. The events start at 8:30 a.m. at the American Legion Post 221 with the forming of memorial services at Shawsheen Cemetery on Shawsheen Road and the Old Burying Ground on Springs Road. A parade will then form at 10:30 a.m. on Mudge Way and end at the World War I memorial at Bedford Common by 11:15 a.m.
BILLERICA — Billerica will have three days of observance for Memorial Day this year. On Saturday, May 25, veterans will lay flags at the graves of fallen soldiers at local cemeteries. The next day, veterans will meet at the VFW Post 2597 on Boston Road at 8:30 a.m. to visit local veterans’ memorials. Billerica caps off its Memorial weekend with its parade on Monday the 27th at 10 a.m.
BOXBOROUGH — The town is also holding its Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 27. Its veterans are being asked to gather on Weatherbee Lane at 8 a.m.
BURLINGTON — While Burlington is not having a parade this year, on Memorial Day they are holding a remembrance ceremony at Chestnut Hill Cemetery on Bedford Street starting at 10 a.m.
CARLISLE — The town is currently drafting plans for a Memorial Day celebration on Monday, May 27. Though still in-development, the town looks to hold a flag raising ceremony on the Town Green at 9:30 a.m. followed by an assembly in the Corey Auditorium at 10 a.m. A parade will then kickoff at 10:45 a.m. stopping at Green Cemetery on Bedford Road and the Civil War Monument at the town Rotary. The parade will finish by noon at the Town Green.
CHELMSFORD — Chelmsford joins many other towns in holding its parade on the observed Memorial Day of May 27. Celebrations will take place in North Chelmsford this year, with the parade starting at American Legion Post 313 at 90 Groton Road at 10 a.m. and going down Groton Road to the Vinal Square Common for a program. Those attending are also welcome to visit the Chelmsford Community Center at North Town Hall for ice cream.
CONCORD — This year’s Memorial Day Parade will take place on May 27 from 9 to 11 a.m. The parade starts at Rideout Field on Laws Brook Road and will then march to Kenneth Dunn Square for flag raising and a ceremony. The parade will re-form at Keyes Road at 10:30 a.m. and then march to Monument Square.
DRACUT — Dracut citizens will convene for their Memorial Day parade which kicks off at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 27. Parties represented at the parade will meet at the Greemont Avenue School by 10:30 a.m.
DUNSTABLE — The annual event will take place on Sunday, May 26 at 1 p.m.
GROTON — GROTON - Memorial Day will be honored on Monday, May 27 starting with a gathering at American Legion Post 55 on Hollis Street at 9:30 a.m. A parade is set to follow.
HUDSON, n.h. — American Legion Post 48 will host a Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 27 from 2 to 5 p.m. The parade starts at Hannaford Supermarket on Derry Road and ends at the American Legion Post.
LITTLETON — Littleton is holding its parade on Monday, May 27 at 9:30 a.m., starting its procession in the parking lot of Donelan’s Supermarkets on Great Road and ending at the Westlawn Cemetery on New Estate Road.
LOWELL — Multiple events will take place throughout the city on Memorial Day weekend, including a service hosted by the Veterans of St. Louis Parish starting at 9 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park on Ennell Street. The Lowell Auditorium will also host a memorial ceremony at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 26.
PELHAM, n.h. — The Vietnam Moving Wall will pay Pelham a visit from Thursday, May 23 at 12 p.m. to Monday, May 27 at 12 p.m. at the Village Green.
PEPPERELL — Monday, May 27 will host a Memorial Day parade starting at 9 a.m. at the American Legion Post 3291 on Leighton Street and ending at Town Hall.
SHIRLEY — Celebrations will take place on Sunday, May 26, starting with a commemorative ceremony at the Shirley Center Cemetery on Brown Road. Two more commemorative ceremonies will take place that day: one at 11:45 a.m. at Village Cemetery on Harvard Road and one at 12:45 p.m. at the Maritime Veterans Memorial Bridge at Phoenix Pond next to Phoenix Street. A parade is set to start at 1:30 p.m. going from the War Memorial building on Church Street to Whitley Park for a commencement ceremony at 2 p.m.
TEWKSBURY — The town’s Memorial Day Ceremony will take place on Monday, May 27 at noon at the Tewksbury Cemetery on East Street.
TOWNSEND — Multiple events will honor Memorial Day on Sunday, May 26. The day starts at St. John’s Catholic Church on School Street for a morning mass at 10:30 a.m. followed by a parade through West Townsend starting at VFW Park at 1:30 p.m. Another parade will start at Spaulding Memorial School on Whitcomb Street at 2:35 p.m. followed by a concert on the Townsend Common at 4:10 p.m.
TYNGSBOROUGH — Tyngsboro will begin its Memorial Day with an 8:30 a.m. motorcade that visits all five of the town’s major cemeteries to lay wreaths. Then, at 11 a.m., its parade will depart from the Old Town Hall on Kendall Road and head down towards the American Legion Post 247.
WESTFORD — Memorial Day weekend will host events for Memorial Day. First will be a ceremony on Saturday, May 25 at 4 p.m. at St. Catherine of Alexandria on North Main Street. Sunday, May 26 will have multiple events happening throughout the day, starting with a parade at 9 a.m. marching from the Cameron Senior Center on Pleasant Street to Freedom Park on Pond Street and then to the Forge Village War Memorials on West Prescott Street. Another parade will run from American Legion Post 159 on Cross Street at 9:45 a.m. to the Graniteville Monument on North Main Street. A third parade starts at 10:45 a.m. at Nabnassett Lake near Byrne Avenue to the intersection of Oak Hill Road and Jo-Jo Lane. There will also be an Honor Roll Reading at the Band Stand on Town Common at 10:45 a.m. Another parade starts at noon at the Roudenbush Community Center on Main Street and will stop at each war memorial in town to honor those fallen heroes. A Memorial Day service at the Band Stand will start at 12:20 p.m.
WILMINGTON — Two events will honor the fallen soldiers of America’s armed forces for Memorial Day. On Friday, May 24, the town will host a luncheon free to veterans from noon to 1:30 p.m. The town will then host a parade on May 27 starting at 10 a.m. and heading to Wildwood Cemetery at 11 a.m.
Jon Winkler: jwinkler @nashobavalleyvoice.com