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Memorial Day 2020: Plans for around the region

  • The Town of Jaffrey replaced all of the flagpoles and the flags on Main Street in Jaffrey last night. Photo by Robin Turilli—

  • The Town of Jaffrey replaced all of the flagpoles and the flags on Main Street in Jaffrey last night. Photo by Robin Turilli—

  • The Town of Jaffrey replaced all of the flagpoles and the flags on Main Street in Jaffrey last night. Photo by Robin Turilli—

  • The Town of Jaffrey replaced all of the flagpoles and the flags on Main Street in Jaffrey last night. Photo by Robin Turilli—

  • The Town of Jaffrey replaced all of the flagpoles and the flags on Main Street in Jaffrey last night. Photo by Robin Turilli—

  • The Town of Jaffrey replaced all of the flagpoles and the flags on Main Street in Jaffrey last night. Photo by Robin Turilli—

  • The Town of Jaffrey replaced all of the flagpoles and the flags on Main Street in Jaffrey last night. Photo by Robin Turilli—

  • The Town of Jaffrey replaced all of the flagpoles and the flags on Main Street in Jaffrey last night. Photo by Robin Turilli—

  • The Town of Jaffrey replaced all of the flagpoles and the flags on Main Street in Jaffrey last night. Photo by Robin Turilli—

  • Peterborough's Memorial Day celebration in 2018. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Peterborough's Memorial Day celebration in 2018. Staff photo by Ben Conant

Published: 5/19/2020 11:33:57 AM

Most local towns are opting to modify or cancel their Memorial Day festivites due to the ban on large gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s what our towns have planned for this weekend.

ANTRIM

In lieu of a parade, the Post 50 American Legion is convening at the Civil War statue at the Antrim Baptist Church Monday at 9:30 a.m., member Scott Carbee said. All Legion participants will be wearing masks and march in open formation, eight feet apart, he said, and the public may attend so long as they are appropriately physically distanced and wearing masks.

BENNINGTON

The Post 50 American Legion will travel from Antrim to the Civil War statue next to Pierce Elementary School for a ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday Bennington’s parade has been canceled this year.

DUBLIN

The town’s parade is canceled this year but there will still be flags up, and the Cemetery Commission will still be putting flags in the cemetery, Town Administrator Kate Fuller said.

FRANCESTOWN

The Post 50 American Legion will march to Memorial Park from the street at the Town Hall parking lot, present a wreath, say a prayer and play taps at 11 a.m. Monday Carbee said, and the public is welcome to observe if they wear masks and observe appropriate physical distancing. The Patriotic Purposes Committee will then travel to each cemetery in town to present a wreath and play taps, he said, and people can watch from their cars.

GREENFIELD

Memorial Day plans are still under review as of Friday, Town Administrator Aaron Patt said. “Given the pandemic it’s likely that plans will be very low key,” he said.

GREENVILLE

Memorial Day plans for the public have been canceled. The American Legion Post 13 will hold a private ceremony on Monday at the Sacred Heart and Pleasant Street Cemeteries to raise the flags, say a prayer, and provide a gun salute and play taps. The graves of veterans at both cemeteries have been decorated.

HANCOCK

All events for Memorial Day have been canceled, and a small group of volunteers placed flags and flowers in the cemeteries this past weekend, Town Administrator Jonathan Coyne said.

JAFFREY

On Monday, the American Legion Post 11 and VFW Post 5613 and the Jaffrey Recreation Department are planning a “reverse parade.”

Residents are encouraged to decorate their yards, houses, or make posters or a float for display. Instead of a parade down Main Street, those who want to celebrate the day will be provided with a “parade route” so they can drive around town and view the decorated properties. 

Those who wish to be listed on the parade route must register online at jaffrey.recdesk.com by May 20. The parade route will be generated from those that register, and will be posted in the Memorial Day Reverse Parade Facebook event on Friday, May 22.

Floats and decorations should be available for viewing on May 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On Monday, May 25, the Honor Guard from the VFW Post 5613 and the John Humiston American Legion Post 11 will meet at the Phillips-Heil Cemetery to say a prayer, lay wreaths, and perform a rifle salute and taps in a ceremony that observes social distancing and requires personal protection equipment. The ceremony will be repeated at all the cemeteries, monuments and memorials in town. The flag will be raised on the common at noon, and the names of veterans who died in the past year will be read. Residents are requested not to come to the common ceremony, but to take a moment of silence at noon to remember those who have died fighting for their country.

LYNDEBOROUGH

Veterans graves will be decorated to mark the occasion. The Lafayette Artillery will hold an private observance in the town center instead of usual celebrations. The parade is canceled.

MASON

No formal observances planned. Veteran graves will be decorated with American flags to mark the occasion.

NEW IPSWICH

Morning and afternoon parade and observances have been canceled. Veteran graves have been decorated at town cemeteries.

PETERBOROUGH

Peterborough is also not hosting a parade this year, but a 100-percent physically-distanced ceremony is planned on the Grove Street Bridge by the post office on Monday at 10 a.m. The Peterborough Fire Department and American Legion Peterborough Post 5 members are scheduled to participate. Officers will say a prayer, fire, and toss a bouquet of flowers into the Contoocook River, and crosses will be placed at the Memorial gates to commemorate those lost, according to a town update.

RINDGE

Veteran graves will be decorated. Further observances are currently under review.

SHARON

There are no plans for Memorial Day celebrations.

TEMPLE

The Select Board is working on putting together a color guard and firing squad to pay honors on June 7.


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