By Christopher Roberson
With the unofficial start of summer just around the corner, the Veterans Services Department has released its plans for celebrating Memorial Day. Veterans Services Officer Bruce Siegel said the festivities will kick off at 8:15 a.m. on May 28 with a parade starting at Our Lady of Assumption Church and marching to the South Burying Ground on Salem Street and the Willow Cemetery on Summer Street. Following a short intermission at the South Lynnfield Fire Station, Siegel said, the parade will reform at Lynnfield Middle School and will proceed to the West Burying Ground, the Old Burying Ground and Forest Hill Cemetery. The parade will conclude at the Town Common and Meeting House for final ceremonies, which are scheduled for 11 a.m.
“Our celebration will include music and a cookout at the conclusion of the ceremony on the common,” Siegel said in a written statement. “All veterans and residents are encouraged to participate in some or all of the ceremonies.”
In the event of “heavy rain,” he said, the ceremonies will be held in the auditorium at Lynnfield Middle School. Siegel also said that Board of Selectmen Chairman Richard Dalton will be making a speech, and “The Gettysburg Address” will be read by a Lynnfield Middle School student.
“On Memorial Day we honor those who never came home. The brave men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice to serve, protect and defend our great nation,” said Siegel. “Memorial Day is a time of mourning and a day to remember those cherished men and women who bravely faced death so that we could live harmoniously at peace now and in the future.”
Siegel also described how Memorial Day is different from Veterans Day and Patriots Day. “On Veterans Day and Patriots Day, we honor all of our brave men and women who either currently serve or have served our great country,” he said. “America’s military men and women risk life and limb every day so that we can be free.”