Below is an updated announcement from the Wilmington Veterans Department:
WILMINGTON, MA — As the State and Federal Covid restrictions continue to be lifted, the Department of Veterans Services will continue to move forward with our plans for Memorial Day.
The Town of Wilmington’s Memorial Day ceremonies will start Saturday May 29, 2021 at 8:00 am with the decoration of all the Veterans’ graves at the Wildwood Cemetery, followed by the decorating of all the Veterans’ squares and memorials around Wilmington starting at 10:15 am. The route is listed in the program.
At Noon on Sunday there will be a rededication of the Memorial Library to the Wilmington residents who gave their lives in service to our country. There will be a rededication ceremony at the Public Safety Building at 1:00 pm, followed by a rededication ceremony on Wilmington Common Sunday May 30, 2021 at 1:30 pm. The public is invited to all events.
Wilmington’s world-famous Parade will step off from the Market Basket parking lot at 10:00 am sharp on Monday May 31, 2021. The youth groups will form at the old Walgreens parking lot to allow more room for social distancing and will be placed in the parade by a parade official.
The bands, Honor Guards and all the adult groups will meet at the Market Basket parking lot. The parade will head down Main St, turn left down Rt. 62 and proceed to the Wildwood cemetery. The youth groups will turn right onto Adams St. and march into the High School parking lot for their parents to pick them up. We are encouraging people to spread out along the parade route and collect their children at any point along the route. Due to social distancing requirements, we will not be serving hot dogs this year. We would like to thank the Lions Club and Knights of Columbus for their help with the hot dogs in the past.
The ceremony at the Cemetery will start at 11:00 am sharp. If you have an organization that would like to participate in the parade, please contact The Department of Veterans’ Services at (978) 694-2040 for an application and guidelines. Please come out and enjoy Memorial Day weekend and remember all those who have served and those who have given their life to defend our freedom.
Lou Cimaglia IV
Director Veterans Services