Monadnock Region towns schedule Memorial Day activities

Kirk Daly plays “Taps” following a salute to fallen veterans during the
Jaffrey Memorial Day parade IN 2023.

Kirk Daly plays “Taps” following a salute to fallen veterans during the Jaffrey Memorial Day parade IN 2023. —STAFF FILE PHOTO BY ASHLEY SAARI

Published: 05-22-2024 12:01 PM

Towns from the Monadnock region have scheduled the following activities for Memorial Day.

Antrim

On Monday, May 27, formation is at the American Legion Hall at 8 a.m., with observances at North Branch Cemetery at 8:15 a.m. and Maplewood Cemetery at 8:45 a.m. Parade formation at the gym is 9:15 a.m., followed by the parade at 9:30 a.m. The parade will include the return of the ConVal High School Marching Band.

Veterans are encouraged to wear uniforms if they fit.

“We really hope parents will bring their children to Memorial Day events in the community, so they can teach their kids that their freedom is thanks to people who gave everything for their country,” said Tamasine Wood-Creighton, the new commander of VFW Post 50. 

Bennington

On Monday, May 27, formation at Memorial Field is at 10:30 a.m., with cemeteries at 10:45 a.m. Formation for the parade at the VFW is at 11:15 a.m., and the parade is at 11:30 a.m.

Veterans are encouraged to wear uniforms if they fit.

Dublin

Memorial Day exercises will be Monday, May 27, at 11:15 a.m. The parade will form at 11 a.m. at the Yankee parking lot. All veterans are encouraged to attend. Veterans who need to ride in the parade should contact Brian Barden at 603-803-1365 or 603-563-8006. This year’s speaker will be Traceymay Kalvaitis, pastor of Dublin Community Church.

Francestown

On Thursday, May 23, volunteers from Antrim’s VFW Myers-Prescott-Olson Post 50 will  gather at Francestown Elementary School at 1 p.m. and proceed to the cemetery.

Greenfield

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On Sunday, May 26,volunteers from Antrim’s VFW Myers-Prescott-Olson Post 50 will be present at Greenfield’s Memorial Day ceremony on the lawn of the Meetinghouse at noon.

Greenville

Greenville Memorial Day, presented by the American Legion Post 13, will be observed on Monday, May 27. Observances will be held at 10:45 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Cemetery, at 11 a.m. at the Pleasant Street Cemetery, and 11:30 a.m. Memorial Service at the Legion Field.

The parade will start at 2 p.m. at the old depot on Dunster Avenue, and march to the bridge, and then to the town monuments. Following the parade, there will be hamburgers and hot dogs at the Legion Field.

Hancock

The Town of Hancock will honor fallen veterans on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, at 2 p.m. on the Town Common.

 A full program of music, prayer, wreath-laying, “Taps” and featured speakers, capped off by the national anthem and the raising of the flag, are planned.

The Rev. Beth Simmons of the First Congregational Church of Hancock will lead prayers. Local veteran Phil Jones will address the crowd, and a Great Brook student will read their award-winning poem introduced by social studies teacher Ellen Kidd.  Members of the 4-H will lay wreaths at both of the town war memorial monuments. Local students will play “Taps.” Scouts will raise the town flag. Great Brook students will sing “The Star Spangled Banner,” and the ConVal High School Band will perform.

 In case of rain, the program will be held on the first floor of the Meeting House.

Jaffrey

This year, the observance of Memorial Day in Jaffrey will occur on Monday, May 27. At 7:30 a.m., honor guards and troops from the local veterans organizations, John Humiston American Legion Post No. 11 and Jaffrey Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 5613 will visit cemeteries in town. Prayers will be offered, “Taps” played, and a salute rendered in honor of those departed veterans. 

The parade will form at the Blake Street parking lot at 10:30 a.m. The main parade will step off at 10:45 a.m. and will proceed to the Civil War Memorial in front of the Jaffrey Public Library, the Korean-Vietnam Memorial Park and proceed with ceremonies at the Buddy Monument on the Common, where the flag will be raised at noon. The speaker is Chief Warrant Officer David Hedman. 

All veterans and active-duty personnel home on leave are invited to march in the parade. If participants would prefer to ride, call Marc Tieger ahead of time at 603-532-8765, and one will be arranged.

Lyndeborough

Lyndeborough’s Memorial Day celebration is Sunday, May 26, from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. At 11;15 a.m., there will be a lunch provided at Citizens' Hall for all veterans and first-responders. The parade will start at the elementary school and proceed to just south of the fire station, returning to the Village Common for the Memorial Day Observance. 

Mason

Mason Elementary School will hold its Memorial Day celebration and decorate the town center with flags Friday, May 24.

Peterborough

On May 27, the parade will muster at Veterans Way next to Bellows-Nichols at 8:30 a.m. and step off at 8:45 a.m.

The first part of the ceremony will be at the Peterborough Library Bridge with the tossing of the wreath into the Contoocook River with a prayer, firing and “Taps.” Then the parade will march to the Memorial Gates for the conclusion of the ceremony. If it rains after the bridge, the rest of the ceremony will be inside the Peterborough Town House.

Participants will be veterans, U.S. Naval Sea Cadets, SMS Band, the Sixth NH Regiment, American Heritage Girls, Boys and Girl Scouts, Peterborough police and fire department and spectators.  

Rindge

The Memorial Day celebrations, sponsored by the Rindge Recreation Department, will include hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and beverages on the town common from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, May 27, followed by the parade and tributes, which are sponsored by the Rindge Veterans’ Association. The association will assemble at Rindge Memorial School at 12:15 p.m., and perform a World War II salute and laying of wreaths at 12:45 p.m., before proceeding to the center of town at Payson Hill to assemble the parade. The parade will start at 1:15 p.m. to Goddard Road, for a salute to Civil War veterans, then will reassemble at 1:45 p.m. and proceed to the town center, with salutes to Revolutionary, World War I and Founders monuments, laying of flowers, a reading of “In Flanders Fields,” keynote address and performance of the national anthem by the Conant Band.

On May 30, the Cathedral of the Pines will host its annual Memorial Day ceremony, including a slide show on D-Day in Normandy provided by Paul VIncent, and a special dedication. The ceremony will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. On the same day, Cathedral of the Pines will also be hosting the Peaceful Warriors Summit from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., including equine and animal therapy demonstrations, guided hikes and how outdoor experiences can assist in trauma response.

Wilton

Wilton’s Memorial Day parade starts at 9 a.m. Monday, May 27, from Bent Burke Post 10 American Legion. A ceremony will be held at Memorial Park during the parade. There will be an open house at the Post immediately following the parade. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the FRES gym.