New Ipswich

Memorial Day ceremonies kick off Sunday

NEW IPSWICH — Spring is here, flowers are blooming, and it’s time for New Ipswich’s annual Memorial Day celebrations, complete with not one, but two parades this Sunday.

The morning parade will form by the flagpole in Smithville at 9:30 a.m., and the parade will officially begin at 10 a.m. From the flagpole, the parade will proceed to South Cemetery via Page Hill Road, led by the Mascenic High School Band.

Memorial observances will be held at South Cemetery, and the parade will re-form and proceed along Taylor Road to Smithville Bridge for a decorating of the waters, in remembrance for those veterans lost at sea, before continuing to the Smithville center for the conclusion of the morning parade.

Festivities will continue in the afternoon, with the later parade forming at the Congregational Church at 12:30 p.m. The parade will begin at 1 p.m., and hold memorial observances at Center Cemetery before proceeding down Main Street to the Soldier’s Monument. At the monument, residents will hear from guest speaker Ken Maynard, the state American Legion department commander.

Following the ceremony, the parade will continue to Memorial Field before disbanding. Boy Scout Troop 42 will provide refreshments free of charge for parade participants.

All veterans from New Ipswich or surrounding towns are invited to join in marching or riding in either or both parades. Veterans who will need to ride in the parade may contact Ollie Niemi at 878-2995 or Dennis Gauvin at 878-2448 for arrangements.

On May 27, the Town Offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or She’s on Twitter at @AshleySaari.

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