Memorial Day events
The Memorial Day Parade kicks-off on Monday, May 27, at 10 a.m. from Legion Hall, proceeding to the V.F.W. lot in the cemetery for services. Commander Brian Sullivan leads, Master Sergeant Daniel Peters is guest speaker, and John Bennett is Grand Marshall. Fifth-graders Colleen Murphy and Charlie Ruiter will recite “In Flanders Field” and “Answer to Flanders Field.” Kindergarten and first graders will place flowers and flags at the grave of the Unknown Soldier. Second and third grade singers perform “God Bless the U.S.A.” The Elementary School Band, under Fran Pierce and the High School/Middle School Band, under Anthony Covelli will play selections. The High School Marching Band, led by Drum Majors Chris Wile and McKenzie Beaton will also perform. Taps and Taps Echo will be played by High School students Andrew Kostka and Michael Tedesco. The parade then proceeds to Harvey Park for a laying of a wreath, then to Lumber Wharf to honor those lost at sea, with the Boston Minutemen Division of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps participating with local girl and boy Scouts. Events culminate with refreshments at Legion Hall.
All Memorial Day parade participants are urged to be at Legion Hall at 9:30 a.m. Flower girls and flag boys meet across the street from the Library at 9:45 a.m. The Memorial Day committee invites all veterans to march. Anyone with a veteran family member who died between last Memorial Day and this Memorial Day who was not a member of the Legion Post #98 in Rockport, call 978-546-9038 so they can be remembered at our ceremony. We’d also like to mention anyone actively serving overseas. Call to let us know of these service men and women. Any Blue Star mothers or family members of active service women and men who’d like to march are more than welcome to join us at the Legion Hall at 9:30 a.m., or at the cemetery as part of our ceremony.