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May 25, 2013

Cape Ann's Memorial Day — 2013

When it comes to service to one’s country, all veterans stand in one circle.

In the case of Cape Ann’s Memorial Day services Monday morning, there will be a blending of all sorts of ceremonies, with a special Gloucester focus this Monday holiday on the 60th anniversary of the Korean War.

Here is how our four Cape Ann communities are paying tribute Monday to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice during wartime:

Gloucester

A year after the 50th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, Gloucester’s ceremonies Monday spotlight the 60th milestone after the Korean War, with current South Korea Consul Khango Park heading the speaking program along with Gloucester Korean War veteran Mel Olson.

Gloucester’s Memorial Day parade, which forms at 8:45 a.m. and steps off at 9 Monday morning from Gloucester High School, will also include an extra stop for a wreath laying at a monument that stands as a joint Korean War and Vietnam War memorial at GHS.

The new stop during Monday’s parade will encourage observers to honor those who fought in the Korean War between June 1950 and July 1953, including six Gloucester men who perished in that war, according to Director of the Office of Veteran Services Richard E. Barbato. The six who died — Robert Lyman Bowers Jr., Joseph W. Briand, George A. Lane, Walter E. Manninen, Frederick E. Stanton, and Ralph Porter Bradley — are commemorated with a granite memorial on Stacy Boulevard near the bridge house.

The main ceremony is set to take place at 9:30 at the World War II Memorial at Kent Circle, with the parade set to reform and then leave Kent Circle at 10:45 to return to the high school and the ceremonies at the Vtetnam Memorial.

A luncheon at the city’s Major Fred W. Ritvo Veterans Center, 12 Emerson Ave., will immediately follow the ceremony at the Vietnam Memorial. In case of inclement weather, a combined ceremony will be held in Gloucester High School’s Benjamin A,. Smith Field House.

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