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May 23, 2014

Memorial Day weekend events on tap

The North Shore will observe Memorial Day with parades and services throughout the weekend.

Following is a list of observances in each community.


Sunday: 10:30 a.m., Wreath-laying ceremony at the veterans section of St. Mary’s Cemetery on North Street, then 11:30 a.m. Mass at St. John the Baptist Church, 28 St. Peter St. A naval cannon salute to those lost at sea will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Winter Island, then a collation at 1 p.m. at the Polish League of American Veterans Club on Daniels Street. All are welcome.

Monday: 10:30 a.m., Parade begins on Commercial Street and travels down North Street to Greenlawn Cemetery for the Memorial Day ceremony, featuring guest speaker Capt. Timothy Ready, Marine Corps and Navy Reserves veteran. All are invited for lunch afterward at the VFW Post 1524, 95 Derby St. Veterans who are unable to march can travel the parade route on the trolley; veterans will be picked up and dropped off at the VFW parking lot.


Sunday: 9:30 a.m., Beverly Farms parade begins at Private Anthony Rezza Road in Beverly Farms and makes seven stops to lay wreaths at memorials, ending at West Beach with the tossing of wreaths into the water to honor those who died at sea.

1 p.m., Veterans, police and fire color guards, Scouts, ROTC students, Beverly High School Band and the public meet at Odell Park for a ceremony.


Sunday: 8 a.m., Decoration of graves with veterans and Scouts, prayer, volley and taps at Harmony Cemetery, Ipswich Road (near old Highland Nursery).

8:30 a.m., Veterans gather at Curtis Guild Camp, off Roundtop Road, to remember those who prepared for military duty at the historic site. Reading, then volley and taps.

9 a.m., Similar observances follow at the Ancient Cemetery on Main Street and the James L. Melvin Green at 9:30 a.m.

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