Despite COVID-19, Every Wilmington Veteran Grave & Monument Will Be Decorated On Saturday, Big Ceremony Planed For Memorial Day

WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Veterans Services Director Lou Cimaglia recently spoke with Wilmington Community Television about this year’s Memorial Day events. While the parade has been cancelled, the rest of the weekend’s traditions — including the big ceremony on Memorial Day at the Wildwood — are proceeding.

The public is welcome to attend all of the ceremonies. Social distancing measures that are in place will be followed.

“We will be decorating all the veteran graves at the Wildwood Cemetery on Saturday morning at 8am. Every grave gets a flag and a geranium,” began Cimaglia. “We’ll then leave the cemetery at 10:15am and go around town to decorate all the fallen war fighters memorials. We play taps. There’s an honor guard. We place a wreath at each.”

“On Sunday, May 24 at 1pm, we visit the Police Station and read the names of Wilmington’s fallen officers. We place a wreath at their monument,” continued Cimaglia. “We then go to the Town Common for a short ceremony at 1:15pm. We read a little bio about every monument around town and why the fallen hero has the monument named after them”

“On Monday, Memorial Day, we’ll be doing our ceremony at 11am at the Wildwood Cemetery,” said Cimaglia. “Wilmington has always honored its fallen with a huge crowd and ceremony. It will be a little different this year — the high school band won’t be there — but we do have a full agenda.”

“Wilmington never forgets its fallen heroes,” added Cimaglia. 

A complete schedule of this weekend’s events is below.

Memorial Day 2020

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