Bristol Memorial Day Parade starts at 9:30 a.m.

BRISTOL — This year's Memorial Day will be observed on the federal holiday Monday, May 26. Bristol's parade will begin to line up at 9:20 a.m. at the East Parking Lot of Freudenberg. Promptly at 9:30 a.m. the parade will begin to march to Homeland Cemetery for a short service including prayer, firing detail, salute and Taps.

The veterans will place a wreath at the memorial bench beside the flagpole. There will be a musical selection played by the combined bands of the Newfound Memorial Middle School and the Newfound Regional High School. The parade will continue to march down to the Richard W. Musgrove Bridge. The veterans will toss a wreath into the water to remember those who are lost at sea. There will be another prayer, firing detail, Taps and the bands will play "Naval Hymn."

There will also hear a new song played called "West Point March." The march will proceed to the middle school for the rest of the ceremony. The bands will play the "Star Spangled Banner" America's National Anthem. A wreath will be laid at the flagpole.

Keynote speaker this year is David Gibson, of Bristol. David is the high school senior who won the Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition this year. This year's theme was, "Why I am optimistic about our nation's future." Gibson will be  entering Harvard College in the fall. A bus will provide transportation back to Freudenberg for all those who need a ride.