Memorial Day weekend comes to a close today with services, parades and observances throughout the North Shore.
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.
8:30 a.m., Decoration of graves with veterans and Scouts, prayer, volley and taps at Mount Vernon Cemetery off Main Street, then proceeding to West Boxford Library at 9 a.m. for parade assembly.
9:30 a.m., Parade begins and heads down Washington Street to Main Street, then turns right onto Main Street and continues to Brookside Cemetery for observances, decoration of graves by veterans and Scouts, music by the Spofford Pond Brass Ensemble and the Campbell Highlanders, prayer, volley and taps. The parade marshal is Boxford police Chief Michael Murphy, Navy veteran. Parade returns to the church green and monument area in the village for the Memorial Day ceremony during which Albion Bergstrom, professor at the U.S. Naval War College, will deliver the address. Ceremony also includes invocation, music, reading, placing of wreath, volley, taps, raising of flag and benediction.
9 a.m., Parade starts at Town Hall led by Grand Marshal Frank Nerden, an Army veteran who served in the 114th Engineer Battalion during World War II and earned a Bronze Star while engaged in the liberation of the Philippines. Parade stops, and placement of wreaths will be at the Porter Cemetery on High Street, Lane Parkway and the flagpole in Danvers Square. A reviewing stand will be at the corner of Elm and Essex streets. All Danvers veterans are welcome to participate in the parade; handicapped-accessible trolley will be available at Town Hall for those unable to march.