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Memorial Day – Everyone Loves a Parade

Kathi Caldwell-Hopper - May 18, 2012


In Laconia, Memorial Day observances will take place on May 28. Parade participants will gather at Garfield Street at 9:30am. Marchers will stop at the bridge on Main Street (near the Landmark Inn) for a brief memorial service for veterans who served on water during WWII (veterans of the Navy and Merchant Marines).

Following this, the parade will continue down Main Street to Veteran’s Park, across the street from the Gale Memorial Library. At the Square, the American Legion will conduct a ceremony to remember all veterans; guns will be fired in salute.

Marching in the parade will be Laconia American Legion, VFW members, the Laconia Police, Boy Scouts, the Laconia High School band and the Laconia Fire Department. Anyone wishing to march in the parade may do so by meeting at Garfield Street at 9:30am.

After the parade, the American Legion will serve a complementary luncheon. Those wishing further information may call the American Legion at 524-9728, or the VFW at 524-9725.

The village of Meredith Center will observe Memorial Day on May 28 with a service at the Oakland Cemetery at 8am led by Rev. Robert Lemieux. At 9am the parade goes to Meredith Village Cemetery with services by Father Dennis Audet.

After observances in Meredith Center, a parade in downtown Meredith (on May 28) commemorates all war veterans. Marching will be Legionnaires, war veterans, the Meredith Fire Department, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and others.

The parade gathers at the American Legion Post #33 on Plymouth Street at 9:30am and proceeds to the Meredith Library on Main Street. At this spot, services will be held at the War Memorial with Rev. Roger Brown. The parade will continue to the Swazey Cemetery on Lang Street, a short distance from the library with services led by Post #33 Chaplin Henry Hall. At that point, the parade proceeds to the Hesky Park Bandstand featuring Rev. Russell Rowland.

The parade will stop at the MIA/POW Flagpole, where a service will be conducted by Bob Jones. After the parade, there will be a lunch and ice cream treats at the American Legion Post on Plymouth Street in Meredith.

Memorial Day services in the village of Gilford will be held on May 28, with parade participants assembling at the Gilford Community Church parking lot on Potter Hill Road at 9:15 am. At 9:30am the parade will proceed to the monument across from the Old Town Hall. An invocation by the Reverend Michael Graham, pastor of the Gilford Community Church, and wreath laying and the Gilford Memorial High School Band playing will follow.

At 10am, parade participants will proceed to Pine Grove Cemetery. A flag raising and benediction by Reverend Graham will continue the ceremony. A wreath laying observance and remarks by officials, followed by Taps, ends the cemetery portion of the services.

Alton will hold Memorial Day services on May 28, with marchers gathering at Monument Square at 9:30am to line up in the order of marching.

There will be an Invocation, and the parade will start at 10am and go to Riverside Cemetery for brief remarks and a firing detail and playing of taps. The procession returns to Monument Square to conclude the ceremony. There will be placing of the wreaths on the war memorials, as well as readings and music from the Prospect Mountain High School band.

Wolfeboro honors its veterans on May 28. According to American Legion Post #18 parade marshal Harold A. Chamberlin, all veterans’ graves in Wolfeboro and Tuftonboro will be decorated to honor those who served their country.

Wolfeboro events begin with a parade that gathers at Brewster Field (near the Congregational Church) at 10am. The parade will proceed to the flagpole at Pickering’s Corner at Brewster Field and then on to Carpenter School on Main Street for further services and flag raising. After this, the parade goes to Wolfeboro Post Office for services. From the post office, the parade heads to Cate Park for a flag raising ceremony. There will be an invocation and Pledge of Allegiance. The speaker will be Ray Burton. Call Harold Chamberlin at 569-4296 for information. In case of rain, there will be a service at the Wright Museum on Center St. in Wolfeboro Falls.

On Wed. May 23. Tuftonboro School children’s Memorial Day service is on the front lawn of the school at 9am.

Center Harbor’s Memorial Day parade will be held on May 28 at 12noon. The parade will start at Chase Circle and stops at three points: the library, the town docks and the Congregational Church. Wreaths will be laid at the Library monument and at the old church cemetery.  At each stop, there will be remembrance services conducted by various Center Harbor religious affiliations.

Plymouth will hold their annual Memorial Day parade on May 28 at 10:30 am. The parade forms at 10am at the NH National Guard Armory on N. Main St. in Plymouth. Marchers will walk to Main Street in downtown Plymouth. At the Plymouth Town Hall, a ceremony will be held to commemorate war veterans.

The Newfound Lake area will celebrate Memorial Day with a traditional parade in Bristol on May 28. According to commander Ron Preble, the parade gathers 9:15am at the Freudenberg parking lot on Rt. 104 and proceeds to nearby Homeland Cemetery at 9:30am for a laying of a wreath and a brief ceremony. There will be a firing detail and selections by middle and high school Newfound-area bands. From there the parade goes to Bristol square for selections and speech by the Voice of Democracy winner. There also will be band selections. Veterans then proceed to the bridge over Newfound River for a firing detail and wreath laying. The parade will disassemble at the American Legion Hall. 

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