Memorial Day observances next weekend: Flag placement Friday, parade Monday

Above: Memorial Day observances honor soldiers’ sacrifices as far back as the revolutionary war. (Photo by Susan Fitzgerald)

The Southborough community is again invited to participate in the town’s traditional Memorial Day services.

As usual, residents, veterans and scouts are encouraged to help replace flags the Friday evening prior to the holiday. This year, that is Friday May 26th, at 6:00 pm.

The event takes place at the Rural Cemetery on Cordaville Road. Volunteers should meet in front of the Maintenance Building at the back of the cemetery.

Then, on Monday morning, veterans, local officials, and scouts will march in the annual parade. The morning begins with veterans invited to gather at the American Legion Headquarters (at the Community House).  That gathering takes place at 8:15 am.

Participants for the 9:00 am parade should gather in advance in the Marlboro Savings Bank parking lot. Joining veterans as usual will be the Algonquin Regional High School Band, the Trottier Band, Boys Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Girl Scouts.

At 9:00 am, the parade proceeds down down Main Street, then to the cemeteries and memorials:

Along the traditional route, we will [pay] our respects to those Veterans who have been laid to rest at the Rural Cemetery, Burnett Cemetery and Revolutionary War Cemetery.

At the Civil War Monument, we will honor those Soldiers of the GAR from Southborough who were killed.

We end our Observances at the All Wars Memorial with the traditional speakers, singers from Algonquin Regional High School and close the ceremony with the National Anthem.

Join us as we mark the 100th Anniversary of the United States entry into World War I – the War to end all Wars.

The public invitation was issued by Commander Steve Whynot, VFW Post 3276 and Commander John Wilson, Legion Post 161.

For a photo gallery of last year’s services click here.

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