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Parades Dominate Lakes Region Memorial Day Observances

Kathi Caldwell-Hopper - May 23, 2011

In Laconia, Memorial Day observances will take place on May 30. Parade participants will gather at Garfield Street at 9:30 am. 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 and VFW members, the Laconia Police, Boy Scouts and the Laconia High School band, the Laconia Fire Department, the Knights of Columbus, the Navy, Civil Air Patrol and military recruiters from Laconia. Anyone wishing to march in the parade may do so by meeting at Garfield Street at 9:30 am.

After the parade, the VFW on Court St. in Laconia 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 30 with a service at the Oakland Cemetery at 8 am led by Rev. Robert Lemieux. At 9 am the parade goes to Meredith Village Cemetery on Rt. 3 with services by Father Dennis Audet.

After observances in Meredith Center, a parade in downtown Meredith (on May 30) commemorates all war veterans. Marching will be Legionnaires, war veterans, and the Meredith Fire Department, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and others.

The parade gathers at the American Legion Post #33 on Plymouth Street at 9:30 am 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 Swasey 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 Meredith Town Docks bandstand for a water ceremony at the Hesky Park Bandstand featuring Rev. Russell Rowland.

The parade will stop at the MIA/POW Flagpole, where a service will be conducted featuring a prayer by Auxiliary Chaplin Fran Milligan and service 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 30, with parade participants assembling at the Gilford Community Church parking lot on Potter Hill Road at 9:15 am. At 9:30 am the parade will proceed to the monument across from the Old Town Hall, with a flag raising ceremony and Pledge of Allegiance. An invocation by the Reverend Michael Graham, pastor of the Gilford Community Church, and wreath laying and the Gilford Memorial High School Band and bagpipes playing will follow.

At 10 am 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, the playing of bagpipes, followed by taps, ends the cemetery portion of the services.

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

There will be an Invocation, and the parade will start at 10 am. 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 30. 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 10 am. 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 the 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 Jeb Bradley. 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.

Chamberlin is also involved in the Chickville (in Ossipee) services on May 29 at 2 pm. Those who wish to participate should gather at 1:30 pm at the church. A church service will take place and then the color guard proceeds to the cemetery for wreath laying and rifle salute followed by Taps.

Center Harbor’s Memorial Day parade will be held on May 30 at 12 noon. 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 30 at 10:30 am. The parade forms at 10 am. 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 30. According to commander Ron Prebble, the parade gathers at the Freudenberg parking lot on Rt. 104 and proceeds to nearby Homeland Cemetery for a laying of a wreath and a brief ceremony. There also 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 a  speech by the Voice of Democracy winner. There also will be vocalist and 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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