Westborough Memorial Day Parade to return after two-year hiatus 

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Westborough Memorial Day Parade to return after two-year hiatus 
Westborough Chairman of the Board of Selectmen Ian Johnson speaks during a ceremony outside of the Forbes Municipal Building during a 2019 Memorial Day ceremony. (Photo/Dakota Antelman)

WESTBOROUGH – The full Westborough Memorial Day Parade will return after a two-year, COVID-19 hiatus on May 30.

The parade is sponsored by the Veterans Services Department and the Westborough Veterans Advisory Board. It will feature marching bands, veterans and civic groups, floats, a series of military vehicles and more than 20 units, ending in a ceremony at the Forbes Memorial Building at 11 a.m.

Ceremonies will be held before the parade at Veteran’s Minutemen Park at 8:30 a.m., at St Luke’s Cemetery at 9 a.m. and at Pine Grove Cemetery at 9:40 a.m. Parade marchers will then gather on South Street at 10 a.m. before proceeding to the Westborough rotary. 

The parade will stop at Midland Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. It will move, from there, toward an additional ceremony at the Forbes Municipal Building at 11:00 a.m. before concluding at 11:45 a.m.

All are invited for refreshments at the Knights of Columbus Hall following the parade.

Retired Westborough Veterans Services Officer Ken Ferrara will be the parade’s grand marshal. Other participants will include representatives of state and town government, town clergy, groups from the Westborough Police and Fire Departments, and school music groups.

All veterans and citizens of Westborough are encouraged to attend and participate in the parade, where flags will be distributed to all and where ice cream tickets will be given to the children in attendance. 

These plans take shape as the Westborough Veterans Advisory Board moves forward with its Hometown Heroes Banner project honoring individual veterans from Westborough. 

New this year, the banners will be hung for the first time on Memorial Day. 

Banner spots had been filled as of last week, according to Board Chairman Jim Tepper, with banners, themselves, due to be printed in the coming weeks. 

There will be a dedication for these banners during the Memorial Day ceremony at the Forbes Municipal Building. 

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