2010-05-27 / Front Page

Memorial Day events promise music, marching and memories

By Dara Chadwick

Grab your flags and – hopefully – your sunscreen: Jamestown will celebrate Memorial Day this Monday, May 31, with its annual parade at 10 a.m.

The parade will assemble at Lawn Avenue School and will begin its march down Watson Avenue, with a right turn onto North Main Road. From there, it will stop at Four Corners Cemetery at North Main Road and Narragansett Avenue, where retired U.S. Navy Captain Cliff Largess will say a few words honoring the 24 island veterans who died during the past year.

The ceremony at the cemetery will last approximately 20 minutes.

After the ceremony, the parade will march down Narragansett Avenue, past crowds of young and old who can expect to see classic cars, fire engines, military vehicles, floats and marchers from the island’s many community service organizations.

The Jamestown Community Band will provide a lively musical backdrop to the day’s festivities.

When the parade reaches Veterans Square at East Ferry at approximately 11 a.m., a ceremony honoring the island’s veterans – particularly Amy Vigars, a member of the Army Air Corps, who died earlier this week – will take place. The ceremony is framed by more than 100 American flags – each of which once draped the casket of a Jamestown veteran and was donated by the family to the island’s veterans organizations – the Jamestown V.F.W. 9447 and the American Legion Arnold Zweir post.

Retired U.S. Marine Lt. Colo- nel Peter Gaynor of Jamestown, leader of the Providence Emergency Management Agency and Office of Homeland Security, will be the guest speaker during the ceremony.

Prayers will be offered by clergy from the island’s three churches – St. Mark, St. Matthew’s and Central Baptist. The Community Band will play, taps will be sounded and a volley of rifles will be fired.

For the first time ever, remembrance poppies will be offered – for a free-will donation – outside of East Ferry Deli. In addition, the Jamestown Medical Fund will sell American flags at a table outside St. Mark Church – all proceeds will benefit the Jamestown Medical Fund.

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