Groton’s annual Memorial Day observance will be held on May 28 and will consist of a parade with ceremonies at the Main Street Common, Old Burying Ground, Groton Cemetery, and Sawyer Common. As always the parade honors veterans of ALL wars, but this year’s special theme will be the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I. We would like to invite ALL veterans to join us, whether in uniform or not. Veterans who wish to participate but are unable to march are asked to contact Dave Elliott at (978)448-6303 to arrange a ride in one of the vehicles in the parade.
Our Grand Marshall and primary speaker this year has yet to be determined and we do not know which group(s) we will have for musical support at this time. Hopefully both of these areas will be settled within the next week or two.
We will assemble on the grass of Legion Common at 8:30 AM with each unit gathering between numbered signs on the common and the Old Burying Ground.
At 8:50 a.m. the Groton Police Department will close School Street and all units will move into the street, retaining the order established on the Common, and we will start the parade promptly at 9a.m. Parade vehicles and their riders will meet on the north side of School Street in front of Badger Funeral Home at 8:45 a.m., drivers are asked to be in place absolutely no later than 8:40 a.m. The parade will proceed out to Main Street, return to Legion Hall, move on to the Groton Cemetery with a stop at the Sawyer Common enroute, and return to Legion Hall. While we never know for sure how long the parade will take, we are usually back at Legion Hall by about 11:15 a.m.
Parking will be a problem for participants and spectators alike. There will be no parking anywhere on the parade route, which includes all the streets around Legion Hall. We are asking everyone who can walk or carpool to do so. Participants are requested to try to park outside the parade route and leave the lot behind the Boutwell School for veterans and participants with heavy or bulky equipment such as guns or large musical instruments. Available areas outside the parade route include Sacred Heart Church lot, medical offices and bank parking lots on Main Street beyond Sacred Heart Church, Willowdale Road and Main Street east of Hollis Street
Anybody who needs close-in parking is asked to contact Parade Adjutant Bob Johnson at (617)513-4484. I will be wearing a Legion uniform with blue-and-gold “rope” on my left shoulder at the parade.
Our inclement weather plan calls for holding the “Exercise At The Mound” inside the Groton Fire Station at 10 a.m. with wreath-laying ceremonies by conducted by small groups of veterans and firefighters at various locations in town.