Memorial Day Parade and Observance
The Cambridge Veterans' Organization (CVO) and Cambridge Veterans' Services, will hold their annual Memorial Day Parade and Observance on Monday, May 30, 2011.
The Parade will begin with a cannon salute by the MA Bicentennial Battery at 9:30 a.m., on the Cambridge Common and proceed through Harvard Square, up Mount Auburn Street to Coolidge Avenue, and conclude at the Cambridge Cemetery on Coolidge Avenue. Cambridge Mayor David P. Maher and Veterans Director Bob Stevens will serve as parade commentators.
Parade participants will include: members of the US Marine Corps, MA Army National Guard, veterans’ groups, elected officials, police and fire personnel, color guards, bands, drill teams and youth organizations.
Following the parade, a Memorial Day Observance will be held at the Cambridge Cemetery. (Approximate start time: 11:00 a.m.) CVO President James Gray will serve as Master of Ceremonies. CVO Chaplain Frank Shay will give the Invocation and Benediction and State Senator Sal N. DiDomenico will deliver the keynote address.
Mayor David P. Maher will give the greetings of the city and City Councillor Craig Kelley will read the City Council’s Memorial Day Resolution. Amigos School 4th graders Eloise Botka, Owen Fagan and Liana Nogic will lead the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance and CRLS Drama student Tremé Manning-Céré will read the Governor's Memorial Day Proclamation.
In addition, CRLS student vocalists Taylor Vandick, Heather Bildman and Violet Neff will sing the National Anthem, America the Beautiful and God Bless America. Bagpiper, Edward O’Callaghan will Play “Amazing Grace.” CVO Rifle team members, Frank Mello, Matthew Gray, Joseph Belanger and Ted Connelly will render a rifle salute, and Bugler, Robinson Pyle will blow “TAPS.”
Following the memorial observance, the Women's Auxiliary of the Veterans’ of Foreign Wars accompanied by local elected officials will hold a brief memorial ceremony at the Weeks Bridge in honor of the Cambridge servicemen and women who were lost at sea.
The public is cordially invited to attend all of the Memorial Day events and activities.
Immediately following the day’s events, a collation, hosted by the Cambridge Veterans' Organization will be held at the VFW Mt. Auburn Post, #8818, located at 688 Huron Avenue.
NOTE: There is very limited parking available at the VFW. Collation attendees are encouraged to ride the veterans trolleys from the cemetery. The trolleys will return you to the Cambridge Common or the cemetery after the collation.
For further information, please call Cambridge Veterans Services at (617) 349-4761.