(WPRI) — While Memorial Day weekend is known for beach openings and backyard barbecues, the holiday is really time to honor those who lost their lives defending our freedom.
Here are some events that are going to be held across Southern New England to honor our fallen servicemembers:
MONDAY (MEMORIAL DAY):
9 a.m. — Bristol had remarks at the North Burial Ground before the procession started at 9:30 a.m. It headed south on Hope Street to the VFW hall for a wreath-laying ceremony at the monument there. The march then continued to the War Memorial Garden next to Burnside Building for another small ceremony.
9 a.m. — North Kingstown held a wreath-laying ceremony at the Civil War Memorial at the town hall located at 80 Boston Neck Road. A parade then kicked off at 10 a.m.
9 a.m. — Dartmouth’s parade stepped off at the Town Landing, and headed over the bridge, and left onto Elm Street. It ended at the WWI monument at the corner of Elm Street and Russells Mills Road. It then stopped for small ceremonies on the bridge, Elm Street Cemetery, and the WWI.
10 a.m. — Barrington’s parade was back after two years and started with a somber convocation at Victory Gate at Barrington High School, followed by a celebratory parade from the High School to Town Hall, and was capped off by a formal ceremony and remarks to the day at Town Hall.
10 a.m. — East Greenwich parade started at the Academy Field, continued to the World War II Memorial on the corner of Cliff Street for a brief wreath-laying, then proceed to Town Hall for closing ceremonies.
10 a.m. — Boots on the Ground for Heroes Memorial is open to the public at Fort Adams State Park. It will be open until 6 p.m.
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10 a.m. — South Kingstown held a parade through town featuring active and retired military men and women, Town leaders, community organizations, South Kingstown and Narragansett school marching bands and public safety agencies. A brief-memorial ceremony will start at 11 a.m. at Saugatucket Park.
10 a.m. — Fairhaven’s parade stepped off at the intersection of Main and Center streets and proceeded north on Main Street to Riverside Cemetery. There was then a ceremony in the cemetery at the Civil War monument with participation from military and veterans’ groups and others.
10 a.m. — Rep. Camille F.J. Vella-Wilkinson, along with Sal Caiozzo, commander of Chapter 9, Disabled American Veterans, hosted a wreath-laying and flag retirement ceremony at Warwick Veterans Park.
10 a.m. — Attleboro had a parade to honor the holiday and was hosted by Attleboro’s Veterans Services.
10:15 a.m. — Rehoboth’s parade returned after a two-year hiatus. The parade started near the old senior center site and American Legion on Bay State Road and ended at the Veterans’ Memorial Gazebo at Redway Plain. A ceremony will then begin at 11:15 a.m.
10:30 a.m. — Scituate Post 19 hosted its Memorial Day parade at Institute Lane at Danielson Pike. All veterans and active-duty military personnel were invited to join. A ceremony followed at the Congregational Church.
11:30 a.m. — New Bedford’s Memorial Day Parade formed at the intersection of Hathaway Blvd. and Parker Street and end in Clasky Common Park. There was a Memorial Day service held at the end of the parade which included the reading of the Gettysburg Address, Logan’s Orders, and roll call of New Bedford’s Veterans who have passed away.
12 p.m. — In Fall River, a traditional military observance was held at Battleship Cove, honoring the fallen and Gold Star Families. The ceremony is open to the public at no charge.
1 p.m. — Gov. Dan McKee and the R.I. Office of Veterans Services will host the State of Rhode Island’s Memorial Day ceremony. The event takes place at the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
1 p.m. — North Providence will hold its annual Memorial Day Parade and Celebration that will kick off at North Providence High School and conclude with a wreath-laying ceremony at Governor Notte Park’s Amphitheatre.