Memorial Day events around the region

  • Caleb Dupuis, Delainey Collins, Brianne Dupuis and Lucy Dupuiss prepare American flags for Memorial Day in Jaffrey on Monday. Courtesy photo

  • Jaffrey residents prepared American flags for Memorial Day on Monday, May 24. Courtesy photo—

Published: 5/28/2021 8:34:59 AM

Memorial Day observances will be held around the Monadnock Region on Monday, May 31 to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. There will be parades, flag raising, musical tributes and wreaths laid, as well as special memorials at local cemeteries.

All observances are scheduled for Monday, May 31 unless otherwise noted.


There will be a short ceremony at the cemetery at 11:30 a.m. All veterans are asked to be at the cemetery at 11:15 a.m. The flag in the village will be raised at noon and the church bell will ring. Masks and social distancing will be required.

The public is invited, but parking is limited.


The American Legion Post 13 will be hosting a Memorial Day Parade at 2 p.m.

The parade, which features the Keene Legion Band, will travel along Main Street to the War Memorial at the corner of Main & River.


The Patriotic Purposes Committee and the American Legion Post #50 of Antrim will observe Memorial Day with a short ceremony.

At 10:45 a.m., Veterans who wish to march are asked to gather at the Town Hall. At 11 a.m., the march will go from the Town Common to the Old Meeting House/Memorial Stone on Main Street. There will be the pledge, a prayer, wreath laying, riffle firing and playing of Taps. Members of the public may attend to watch from the Old Meeting House lawn.

From there, Cemetery #2 and Cemetery #3 will be visited to lay wreaths and play Taps. The public is invited to the cemeteries, but are asked to remain in their vehicles.


At 7:30 a.m., Honor Guards and troops from the local Veterans organizations, John Humiston American Legion Post #11 and Jaffrey Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #5613 will visit cemeteries in town. Prayers will be offered, taps played, and a salute rendered in honor of those departed Veterans.

The annual parade will assemble at 10:30 a.m. at the Legion on Webster Street. At 10:45 a.m. the main parade will step off and will proceed to the Civil War Memorial in front of the Library, the Korean-Vietnam Memorial Park, and proceed with ceremonies at the Buddy Monument on the Common where the flag will be raised at noon. The speaker for the Memorial Day observance is United States Air Force Veteran and Jaffrey native, Irvin Norwood.

All Veterans are invited to march. If you’d prefer to ride, call Marc Tieger at 532-8765.


The Memorial Day observance will be held in the Village on Sunday, May 30, at noon, to be followed by a memorial dedication at the Putnam Pond boat ramp in honor of Lee Mayhew at 1 p.m.


Peterborough’s Memorial Day observance will be held at the Post Office bridge on Grove Street.

At 10 a.m., there will be a brief service on the Post Office Bridge. American Legion Cheney-Armstrong Post 5 Peterborough members will participate, with the Post Chaplain Andy Benoit saying a prayer.

The Post Honor Guard will fire, and Vice Commander John Franklin will toss a bouquet of flowers into the Nubanusit River to commemorate those lost with the help of the United States Naval Sea Cadets Monadnock Squadron.


Memorial Day observances are scheduled to begin at the Rindge Memorial School at 1 p.m., where there will be a tribute to Rindge World War II veterans and a firing squad salute.

The observances will then proceed to the Rindge Common and the Minute Man Boulder and the Meeting House for a tribute to Rindge World War I veterans, and the Early Settler’s Monument in the Church Side Cemetery.

At about 1:30 p.m., there is a tribute at the Civil War Monument at Hillside Cemetery on Goddard Road.

The Memorial Day Parade assembles at the Hillside Cemetery at about 1:45 p.m., and the parade will step off at 2 p.m.

The parade will march back to Veterans’ Memorial Park. This year’s parade grand marshal is US Army Veteran Tim Weston, a member of the American Legion and president of the Rindge Veterans Association.

A Memorial Day Service will be held on Sunday, May 30 at 12:30 p.m. at Cathedral of the Pines.


The Town of Temple will be celebrating its annual Memorial Day festivities on Sunday, June 6. The parade will begin at noon with a marching band and a band concert will begin a bit later in the afternoon, weather permitting.

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