2013-05-23 / Front Page

Make plans to enjoy the annual Memorial Day parade

The sound of a brass band head­ing down the street, followed by sirens, horns and the gleeful shouts of kids along the route are just a few of the reasons to head into town Monday morning for the an­nual parade.

The Arnold-Zweir Post 22 of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9447 will be co-sponsors of the annual Memo­rial Day Parade, which will be on Monday, May 27 in the village.

The parade will step-off at 10 a.m. from the corner of Watson and Lawn avenues and follow the traditional route to the cemetery at the four corners. Leslie Kurtz, the American Legion commander, and retired Marines Col. Bruce Livingston, the VFW commander ,will honor all Jamestown veterans who have died in the last year at the four-corners cemetery. The pa­rade will continue along Narragan­sett Avenue to Veterans Memorial Square at the East Ferry.

The post commanders will con­duct a wreath laying at Veterans Memorial Square to honor all vet­erans, especially those who have been lost at sea.

At Veterans Memorial Square, the guest speaker will be retired Army Major William H. Murphy. Murphy will accompany parade marshals, retired Lt. Col. Peter Drury and retired Marines Col. Da­vid Fuquea at the head of the pa­rade. Other participants in the an­nual event include the firefighters and equipment of the Jamestown Fire Department, the Jamestown Community Band, scouting orga­nizations, several vehicles from the Rhode Island Military Historical Vehicle Club and clergy from the island’s churches. All Jamestown veterans and active-duty service members from the island are cor­dially invited and encouraged to march as members of the parade.

Citizens and groups who would like to march in the parade should gather along Lawn Avenue starting at 9:30 a.m. Any organization that has not already been identified is asked to contact David Fuquea, at 423-0284 to coordinate their place in line.

In the event of weather on Me­morial Day, the American Legion and VFW will still conduct a short memorial celebration at the James­town Recreation Center beginning at 10 a.m. All veterans and James­town residents are invited to attend.

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