The City of East Greenwich is proud to announce its annual Veterans Day Parade on Thursday, November 11 at 10 a.m.
From Academy Field, the parade will pass through the Historic District via Mawney Street and continue east on First Avenue (Route 401) for a brief wreath laying ceremony near the WWII Memorial on the corner of Cliff Street. The parade will then proceed north on Main Street to City Hall for the Closing Ceremonies at approximately 11:00 a.m. Bob Houghtaling (City Youth and Drug Advisor) will preside as master of ceremonies. Sgt. Christopher Callan was chosen as this year’s Grand Marshal (posthumously) in recognition of his 30 years of military service in the Navy, Army (Special Forces Green Berets) and National Guard as well as a 15 year veteran of the East Greenwich Police Department. He will be represented by his family.
Lone Piper Aaron Lindo will lead the procession which will feature Police and Fire Honor Guards, elected officials, veteran dignitaries and the ever-resplendent local historic militia groups, the Kentish Guards and the Varnum Continentals. Spectators will be overwhelmed by brass bands and various local groups displaying their patriotic pride. The Boy and Girl Scouts will march with many local organizations displaying their patriotic spirit. Newly crowned Miss Rhode Island USA, Karly Laliberte, and Miss Rhode Island Teen USA, Sydney Jaiswal, will be in attendance. The Blue Knights Law Enforcement rider group will be joined by the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association and plenty of classic and vintage cars will delight onlookers along Main Street. Local fire departments will showcase an exceptional range of vintage fire trucks.
All veterans and / or their families are invited to parade by joining Jack Kelly and his group, Veterans Friends and Families, at Academy Field by 9:30 am.
All are invited to gather in front of the Town Hall for the closing ceremonies, which will include a flight over 143rd Airlift Wing, RI Air National Guard, from Quonset Point (weather permitting).
East Greenwich is proud to be one of the few communities in Rhode Island to continue to sponsor this parade, honoring veterans of all wars. The holiday began as a day of reflection on the heroism of those who died in the service of our country and was originally called Armistice Day. It fell on November 11 because it is the anniversary of the signing of the end (armistice) of the First World War in 1918. In 1954, the name of the holiday was changed to “Veterans Day” in order to consider all veterans in all wars.
There are NO RAIN DATE. In the event of inclement weather, a ceremony will be held inside the Swift Community Center, 121 Peirce Street, at 10 am with participants from Divisions 1 and 2. All are welcome as capacity permits.
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