The following events will be held in the Lakes Region in observance of Memorial Day.
Memorial Day parade, organized by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1670 and Wilkins-Smith American Legion Post 1, will take place on Monday, May 30, at 10 a.m., starting at Wyatt Park, moving up Main Street, stopping at the bridge for brief ceremony honoring those lost at sea, and continuing to Veterans Square for the main ceremonies. Guest speakers will be Mayor Ed Engler, VFW Commander Bill North, and American Legion Post 1 Commander Ray Peavey, who will be the master of ceremonies. The Laconia High School Chorus will sing.
Observances on Monday, May 30, will begin at 10 a.m. in Monument Square on Main Street. The parade will then proceed down Main Street to the Old Riverside Cemetery where there will be brief ceremony, and then return to Monument Square for the rest of the program. Selectmen Philip Whittmann and Joseph Kenney will be the main speakers. Mo Luckern, commander of Claude R. Batchelder American Legion Post 72, will be master of ceremonies. Public luncheon at Legion post home, at 164 Wolfeboro Highway, will immediately follow. Sponsored by Legion Post 72.
Parade and ceremonies, organized by American Legion Post 58, will be Monday, May 30, at 1 p.m. Parade route runs from Belmont Middle School down to Main Street, and then along Main Street to the Veterans Memorial close to St. Joseph Church for a ceremony and address by Lt. Col. Ray Hunter or the New Hampshire National Guard.
Traditional parade on Monday, May 30. Parade units will gather at Freudenberg parking lot on Route 104, and step off at 9:30 a.m., proceeding to Homeland Cemetery for wreath-laying and brief ceremony, then to Musgrove Bridge for a rifle salute and another wreath-laying. The parade will then continue to the Memorial Middle School.
Parade will be held on Monday, May 30, at noon. Parade wills start at Chose Circle and stop at the library, town docks, and Congregational Church. At each stop there will be remembrance services conducted by representatives of various local faith communities.
Ceremonies will be held on Monday, May 30, with the parade assembling at 9:45 a.m. in the Gilford Community Church parking lot. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and proceed to Potter Hill Road for observances at the World War I and World War II Veterans Memorial and then onto Belknap Mountain Road, for ceremonies at Pine Grove Cemetery. The Gilford High School Band and Boy Scouts will be taking part.
Remembrance program Monday, May 30, at 11 a.m. at the Town House, 754 North Groton Road. Patriotic music, historical commentary, and remembrance of veterans' service. A light lunch will be served afterward. Sponsored by Groton Historical Society.
Observances on Monday, May 30, as follows: 8 a.m., Oakland Cemetery, Meredith Center, with service by the Rev. Robert Lemieux; 9 a.m., Meredith Village Cemetery, Route 3, with service by the Rev. Denis Audet; 9:30 a.m., assemble at American Legion Post 33 parking lot, Pleasant Street; 9:50 a.m., parade steps off; 10 a.m., ceremony at in front of Public Library, with prayer remarks by state Sen. Jeanie Forrester; 10:15 a.m.; ceremony at Swazey Cemetery, Lang Street, with service led by Legion Chaplain Henry Hall; 10:30 a.m., Hesky Park bandstand, with service led by Legion Auxiliary Chaplain Alicia Gorrell; 10 a.m., POW/MIA memorial with addresses by Bob Kennelly and U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte; 11 a.m., back to Post 33 for ice cream and lunch for everyone.
Parade starts at 10 a.m. at Blake Road near Moultonborough Central School and continues down Route 25 to Town Hall.
Parade steps off on Monday, May 30, at 9 a.m. from Winnisquam Regional High School. There will be a short service at Park Cemetery. Wreaths will be laid at the three war memorials — Main and Winter streets, in front of Town Hall, and at Cannon Bridge. Parade will end at monument in front of Hall Memorial Library in Northfield.
New Hampshire Veterans Home will hold its program on Tuesday, May 31, at 11 a.m. in the auditorium. Warren Perry, deputy adjutant general of New Hampshire, will be the main speaker.
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