WILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Veterans Agent Lou Cimaglia, the 2016 Wilmington Memorial Day Parade has been cancelled due to the heavy rainfall forecasted for Monday morning.
The Memorial Day Ceremony WILL still proceed at 11am at the Veterans’ Lot and Soldiers Monument in the Wildwood Cemetery. The ceremony’s program, which may see some adjustments due to the weather, is below:
11:00 A.M. Veterans’ Lot and Soldiers Monument – Ceremonies
- Flag Ceremony – All Color Guards
- The National Anthem sung by Wilmington High School student Nicole Bertolami
- Invocation – Rev. Travis Bonnette-Kim, Wilmington United Methodist Church
- Master of Ceremonies – Lou Cimaglia IV, Director, Department of Veterans’ Services
- Introduction of Dignitaries: Arthur MacDonald (Gold Star Father)
Gregory E. MacDonald KIA June 25,2003 Iraq
- Placing of Wreath: Family of John J. Fullerton Jr., Killed in Action Vietnam
- Musical Presentation – Wilmington High School Band
- Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address read by 8th Grade WMS Student Sean Kelley
- Poem read by 8th Grade Wilmington Middle School Joshua Rainone
- Wilmington Veterans Roll Call of Killed in Action/ Missing in Action
- Rifle Volley – Wilmington’s Police Department Rifle Team
- Cannon Volley – Wilmington Minutemen
- Taps – Trumpeters from Wilmington High School Music Department
- Benediction – Rev. Travis Bonnette-Kim, Wilmington United Methodist Church
Cimaglia thanks those residents who took the time to participate in this weekend’s events, including the decoration of the veterans graves and the re-dedication of the town’s veterans monuments and squares.
UPDATE: It sounds like the WHS Marching Band will not be performing at the ceremony due to the forecast:
UPDATE #2: The “Faces of Remembrance” moving wall is up in the Fourth of July Building and will be open to the public after the ceremony tomorrow.
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