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Memorial parades planned for Sunday

  • New Ipswich holds its annual Memorial Day Parades on Sunday.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    New Ipswich holds its annual Memorial Day Parades on Sunday.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

  • New Ipswich holds its annual Memorial Day Parades on Sunday.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    New Ipswich holds its annual Memorial Day Parades on Sunday.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

  • A veteran raises the New Ipswich and American flags during observances at the South Cemetery on Sunday morning.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    A veteran raises the New Ipswich and American flags during observances at the South Cemetery on Sunday morning.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

  • Derek Rust of New Ipswich plays taps during the raising of the flags during New Ipswich's Memorial Day observances Sunday morning. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    Derek Rust of New Ipswich plays taps during the raising of the flags during New Ipswich's Memorial Day observances Sunday morning.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

  • New Ipswich holds its annual Memorial Day Parades on Sunday.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • New Ipswich holds its annual Memorial Day Parades on Sunday.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • A veteran raises the New Ipswich and American flags during observances at the South Cemetery on Sunday morning.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Derek Rust of New Ipswich plays taps during the raising of the flags during New Ipswich's Memorial Day observances Sunday morning. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

NEW IPSWICH — Sunday, the town will observe Memorial Day with its traditional parades, one held in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Veterans from New Ipswich and the surrounding towns are invited to join in to march or ride in either parade.

The morning parade will travel through Smithville, and will form by the flagpole at 9:30 a.m. The parade will step off at 10 a.m. Parade marchers and observers are invited to stop for coffee and Finnish coffee bread at Pete and Bonny-Jo Aho’s, next to the starting point of the parade. The parade will march from Smithville Center and end at South Cemetery via Page Hill Road and Binney Hill Road. An observance ceremony will be held at the cemetery, and the parade will re-form and proceed to the Smithville Bridge for a water ceremony to honor those lost at sea. After decorating the waters, the parade will return to Smithville center for the conclusion of the morning parade.

A second parade will be held in the afternoon. The afternoon parade will form at the Congregational Church at 12:30 p.m., and the parade will begin at 1 p.m. and end at Center Cemetery. After the observance at the cemetery, the parade will reform and proceed down Main Street to the Soldier’s Monument. Forllowing observances at the Soldiers’ Monument, the parade will reform and end at Memorial Field.

New Ipswich Boy Scouts will be serving hot dogs and soda to the parade participants following the afternoon parade. Any veterans who require a ride should contact Memorial Day Committee Chair Ollie Niemi at 878-2995.

— By Ashley Saari

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