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11:30 a.m. Monday, May 30
New Bedford Memorial Day Parade
The parade starts at the intersection of Parker Street and Hathaway Boulevard at 11:30 a.m. It travels east on Parker Street to County, then north on County to Pope Street before going east on Pope Street and into Clasky Commons, where a Memorial Day ceremony will be held. The service will include a reading of the Gettysburg Address and a roll call of New Bedford’s fallen veterans.
Immediately following the parade, a Memorial Day Exercise will be conducted at the Korean War Monument.
In case of rain, a Memorial Day service will be held at Fort Taber Community Center at noon.
10 a.m. Monday, May 30
PIER 3/SEAMAN’S BETHEL
Annual Fishermen’s Memorial Day Service
The Annual Fishermen’s Memorial Service will be held on Monday, May 30 at 10 a.m. at Pier 3 in New Bedford. Procession will leave the Seamen’s Bethel at 9:30 a.m. and will head down to Pier 3 for the 10 a.m. start.
If it rains the event will be held inside the Seamen’s Bethel at 10 am.
8:30 a.m. Monday, May 30
Memorial Day 10K Ruck & Food Drive
Meet up time is 8:30 a.m. and step off/parade start time is 9 a.m.
The 2022 Memorial Day 10K Ruck and Food Drive will take part in the Town of Dartmouth’s Memorial Day Parade, then continue on a loop through Dartmouth, beginning and ending at Apponagansett Park.
In lieu of a registration fee, Rucking for Veterans is asking for donations to the Veterans Association of Bristol County Food Pantry. Canned goods, non-perishables and cartons of eggs are appreciated.
9 a.m. Monday, May 30
Dartmouth Memorial Day Parade
The Dartmouth Memorial Day Parade will start at 9 a.m. from the town landing on Gulf Road and travel over the bridge, then north on Elm Street to the South Dartmouth Cemetery for a ceremony.
Veterans who are residents of the town can march in the parade (must have DD214 or valid veterans ID). Please contact the Dartmouth VSO at 508-910-1818 to add your name to the list.
Residents who own a convertible and would like to participate in carrying a veteran with mobility issues are asked to reach out to Norman Gunderson at 508-994-0572.
10 a.m. Monday, May 30
The annual Acushnet Memorial Day Parade steps off from the intersection of Main and Center streets at 10 a.m. and proceeds north on Main Street to Riverside Cemetery.
At the cemetery there is a ceremony at the Civil War monument with participation from military and veterans groups and others. The event is coordinated by the Fairhaven Veterans Services office. For information email email@example.com or call 508-979-4023, ext. 114.
9 a.m. Monday, May 30
The town of Marion will hold a Memorial Day Ceremony at 9 a.m. at the Music Hall featuring local officials, guest speakers, the Sippican Elementary School band and the Portuguese American band. After a short ceremony, a procession will travel from the Music Hall, north on Front Street to the Old Landing Veterans Park to reconvene for another ceremony. Upon arrival at the Veterans’ Memorial the town will pay tribute to our military’s “honored dead” who “gave the last full measure of devotion.”
The procession and remembrances will feature the Sippican School Marching Band led by director Hannah Moore as well as The Portuguese American Band. The ceremony will conclude with members of the Select Board laying a wreath at the Veterans’ Memorial. The master of ceremonies for the event will be Maj. Andrew Bonney of the US Air Force.
The featured speaker is Jack McLean, author of “Loon: A Marine Story,” a national best-selling memoir about his service in the United States Marine Corps from 1966 to 1968.
9:30 a.m. Monday, May 30
BEECH GROVE CEMETERY
The town of Westport will honor and remember America’s heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice. The parade starts with a brief ceremony at the WWI monument at Town Hall, then proceeds south down Main Road to Beech Grove Cemetery with a ceremony at the flagpole. Refreshments will be served in the Town Hall Annex Gym afterwards.
Those participating in the parade should muster in the Town Hall parking lot no later than 9 a.m.
For more information contact Veterans’ Service Officer Carol Freitas at 508-636-1028 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
8:30 a.m. Monday, May 30
GRANDMA HARTLEY’S RESERVOIR
The Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race on the Mattapoisett River will start at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, May 30, at Grandma Hartley’s Reservoir, finishing at the Mattapoisett Herring Weir.
The Rochester Fire Department is sponsoring the race. Contestants must be at least 7. There will be two people per boat. The boat must be a homemade river racer design, created with any type of material. There are no limitations or restrictions on types of paddles.
The awards program will be on Memorial Day evening at the Rochester Senior Center at 67 Dexter’s Lane. The traditional ham and bean supper will take place at the senior center from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 28, with a choice of sit-down dining or take-out meals.
1:30 p.m. Monday, May 30
The Mattapoisett Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 30 at the Center School.
The Old Rochester High School band will perform, George Randall will read the Gettysburg Address, Sasha Volkema will offer a Governor’s Proclamation, State Rep. William Straus will give Memorial Day remarks and professor James Holmes will be the guest speaker. The New Bedford JROTC will post and retire the colors.
After the ceremony, Cmdr. Peron will assemble participants on Barstow Street and the procession will march south to the Library to place flowers on the Florence Eastman, WWI and Civil War monuments. The procession will then proceed to the town wharf to honor those lost at sea.
COVID-19 WARNING: While we continue to list opportunities for civic engagement in New Bedford, readers are advised to heed the latest public health recommendations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends that both unvaccinated and fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors in public in areas of substantial or high transmission, including Bristol County.
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