Memorial Day 2024: Here are the events

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Memorial Day 2024: Here are the events
Hudson’s Memorial Day parade heads toward Liberty Park. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

GRAFTON

The cemetery schedule will start at 7:30 a.m. at Old Farnumsville Cemetery before traveling to Fairview Cemetery, Sampson Square, Wenc Square, Riverside Cemetery, St. Phillip’s, Old Indian Cemetery, Grafton State Hospital, Pine Grove Cemetery, Washington Mills Bridge Street Water Ceremony and conclude at Quinsigamond Corner Monument.
For the parade, participants will meet at the high school at 10:30 a.m.

The parade will start at 11:15 a.m.

HUDSON

On May 25 and 26, the American Heritage Museum will conduct a World War II tank demonstration from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. See some of the museum’s tanks in action, including the M4 Sherman, M24 Chaffee, M5 Stuart and M36 Jackson Tank Destroyer. A tank-driving demonstration will take place throughout the day. Admission $20-$30.

Information: https://www.americanheritagemuseum.org/

The annual parade will take place on Monday, May 27. Units will form at the AMVETS on 5 South St., and step off at 10 a.m. The parade will march to Liberty Park for ceremonies. AMVETS Commander Joseph Jacobs will be the master of ceremonies. The keynote speaker will be John Parent, former member of the Hudson Select Board. The honorary speaker will be state Rep. Kate Hogan.

MARLBOROUGH

Join the Marlborough Historical Society for the annual Memorial Day Honor Roll Run. Photos of many of those who died in the service from as far back as the Civil War will be posted, and the names of all of those who died will be read. Please meet at the Hildreth School no later than 7 a.m. The run will be from Hildreth School to City Hall. This event is open to all.

If you are unable to walk/run, please meet us in front of City Hall at 7:15 a.m.

This annual parade begins at the American Legion Headquarters, 88 Maple St., at 10 a.m., and moves to Main Street. Participants include veterans, local Scouting groups, marching bands and elected officials. It stops to decorate the monuments of veterans lost to the Vietnam War, the Korean conflict, World Wars I and II, the Spanish American War and the Civil War. The parade concludes at Monument Square around 11 a.m., where speakers will honor and remember those who gave their lives in service to their country.

NORTHBOROUGH

On May 25 and 27, the Vincent F. Picard American Legion Post 0234 will host its annual Hole in One from noon to 6 p.m. The post will be grilling up hamburgers and hot dogs.

On May 27, the parade will start at noon with an opening ceremony at the Civil War Memorial. The parade will then step off from the center around 12:30 p.m. At the memorial in the Howard Street cemetery, there will be several speakers, a rendition of the national anthem, and an invocation by Pastor Steve Georgeson of Rice Memorial Baptist Church.

The American Legion post will read the names and ring the bell of each member who had passed away over the last year. There will be a national moment of silence, followed by the presentation of the post’s Legionnaire of the Year Award.

SHREWSBURY

The town will conduct Memorial Day observances on Monday, May 27. Parade formation at Town Hall for participants starts at 9 a.m. Parade kicks off from Municipal Office Building, 100 Maple Ave. at 9:30 a.m. The route is Maple Avenue to the center of town. The Memorial Day address will be held at the town center. The parade will then continue to Mountain View Cemetery. All veterans are welcome to march in the parade.

SOUTHBOROUGH

On Monday, May 27, veterans will lead the procession at 9 a.m. from the Main Street Bank to Rural Cemetery, then to the Old Burial Ground, Civil War Monument, and conclude at the All Wars Memorial. The veterans will be joined by Scouts, the Algonquin Regional High School Band and Trottier Middle School Band, and others.

WESTBOROUGH

The annual Memorial Day Parade and Commemoration will take place on May 27. The parade will step off from Pine Grove Cemetery to the Rotary, then to the Forbes Building.

The schedule: 9 a.m. – ceremonies at St. Luke’s, Pine Grove and Midland cemeteries; 10 a.m. – parade from Pine Grove to the Rotary and Forbes; 11 a.m. – presentations at the Forbes Building; noon – luncheon at the Knights of Columbus for all veterans, participants and attendees.

All veterans are invited to attend and participate in the parade. There will be transportation available between the stops to assist those unable to march with the veterans’ unit.

The event is sponsored by the Veterans Advisory Board, the veterans services officer and town officials.

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