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.