TOWNSEND -- Memorial Day will be observed in Townsend on Sunday, May 26.
Members of Townsend VFW Post 6538 and American Legion Post 199 and their Ladies Auxiliaries will attend the 9:30 a.m. service at the First Baptist Church of West Townsend as a body.
Two parents and a band concert will take place in the afternoon.
All marching units will assemble at the VFW Park in West Townsend at 1 p.m. A memorial service will be held there at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. Shayna Appel offering the invocation before the veterans groups, accompanied by the Townsend Military Band, Townsend Fire/EMS Department, Townsend Minuteman Company, members of the clergy, town officials, Scout Groups and Holly's Bunch, march east on main Street to Canal Street.
Flowers will be strewn upon the water from a decorated boat during the memorial service at the Canal Street Bridge in honor of those who lost their lives at sea. Following the service at the bridge, all units will proceed to Riverside Cemetery for a memorial service. At each of these services, the Townsend Military band will play a hymn following the invocation, volleys will be fired by the American Legion Post 199 Firing Squad, and taps will be played. The Rev. Kevin Patterson will give the invocation during the Canal Street Bridge and Riverside Cemetery services.
The parade will disband after leaving the cemetery to later reform at Spaulding Memorial School in Townsend Center. At approximately 2:35 p.m., the Townsend Minuteman Company will fire a salute at the Bicentennial Monument in front of the school before the marching units move down Turnpike Road to the Main Street Bridge. Those who lost their lives at sea will also be honored during the Main Street Bridge memorial service will flowers thrown on the water from a decorated boat and an invocation by the Rev. Appel.
Following the service at the bridge, the marchers will parade to Memorial Hall for a memorial service. The parade will then pass around the Common and go to the Hillside Cemetery for a memorial service. The Rev. Jeremy St. Martin will offer the invocation during the Memorial Hall and Hillside Cemetery services.
After leaving the cemetery, the parade will move down Highland Street to Brookline Street and onto the Townsend Common. There, an invocation by the Rev. Appel will be followed by the presentation of the Gettysburg Address by a Boy Scout and Flanders Field by a Girl Scout. The parade will disband after the memorial service at the Civil War Monument on the Common.
Townsend's Memorial Day observances will continue as the Townsend Military band presents a concert from the bandstand on the Common beginning approximately 15 minutes after the parade's conclusion. The concert twill conclude at approximately 5 p.m. The Townsend Memorial Day observances will be held rain or shine.
The Townsend Fire/EMS Relief Association will be selling barbecued chicken dinners complete with potato salad, cranberry sauce, and roll with butter, plus hot dogs, hamburgers, cold soda and bottled water at the back of the Common from noon until they are sold out.