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City of Cambridge Memorial Day Parade and Observance Monday, May 27. Volunteers Needed to Help at Event.

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The Cambridge Veterans' Organization (CVO) and Cambridge Veterans' Services will hold their annual Memorial Day Parade and Observance on Monday, May 27.
The Parade will begin with a cannon salute at 9:30 a.m., by the MA Bicentennial Battery on Cambridge Common and proceed through Harvard Square, up Mount Auburn Street to Coolidge Avenue, and conclude at the Cambridge Cemetery, 76 Coolidge Avenue. Cambridge Mayor Marc C. McGovern and CVO President Philip Anderson will serve as parade commentators. Parade participants will include veterans’ groups, elected officials, police and fire personnel, color guards, bands, drill teams and youth organizations.

The Memorial Day Observance will begin at approximately 11 a.m., at Cambridge Cemetery. CVO President Philip Anderson will serve as Master of Ceremonies and CVO Chaplain Ronald Dailey will give the Invocation and Benediction.  Mayor Marc C. McGovern, City Manager Louis A. DePasquale, and Director of Cambridge Veterans' Services Neil MacInnes-Barker will give the City's greetings and make brief remarks..  Amigos School 4th graders will lead the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance and a CRLS (Cambridge Rindge & Latin School) Drama student will read the Governor's Memorial Day Proclamation. 

In addition, a CRLS student vocalist will sing the National Anthem, America the Beautiful, and God Bless America.  Bagpiper, Edward O’Callaghan will play Amazing Grace. The CVO Rifle team along with the Massachusetts Bicentennial Battery will render a rifle salute, and Bugler, Robinson Pyle will blow “TAPS.”

Following the Memorial Day 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. 

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. The public is cordially invited to attend all Memorial Day events and activities.  

Volunteers Needed for Memorial Day Observance May 27

Support veterans by volunteering with the Cambridge Department of Veterans’ Services. On Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26, take a shift placing flags on gravesites at Cambridge Cemetery. We are also seeking volunteers for Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony to guide visitors and distribute programs along the parade route. Contact veterans@cambridgema.gov or 617-349-4760.

Grave Flags Available for Free to the Public:

Cambridge Veterans’ Services, 51 Inman St., Cambridge, Second Floor
Monday – 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday -Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12 Noon, May 20-24.
Ph. 617-349-4760.

Cambridge Cemetery, 76 Coolidge Avenue
Main Office, Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. May 20-24. 
On Saturday and Sunday, May 25-26 at Cemetery entrance, from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Ph. 617-349-4890

Mt. Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt. Auburn St. 
Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., May 20-24.
Gate Information Office, 617-547-7105 

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