The time has come, once again, to salute our veterans and remember the sacrifices of the past.
Memorial Day is much more than just another three-day weekend. It's a moment to recognize and honor the sacrifice and commitments made by the many great men and women from the town of Barnstable who have risked their lives - and in some cases, made the ultimate sacrifice.
On Monday, May 28, townsfolk and veterans will observe Memorial Day in honor of all the nation's veterans. As in years past, the traditional parade will run its course down Main Street in Centerville from the Centerville Library, up Old Stage Road to Beechwood Cemetery.
The parade will form at the Centerville Public Library at 9:30am and kick-off sharply at 10:00 am. In keeping with hometown parades across the country, Barnstable's parade includes school bands, politicians, marching Boy and Girl Scouts, honor guards, musket salutes and much more.
The parade will proceed to Monument Square for brief ceremonies and then move on to Beechwood Cemetery for the Memorial Day Program that includes observances and Keynote Speaker Sidney L. Chase, former director, Barnstable District Veterans’ Services.
The parade will be followed by The John F. Kennedy Memorial Trust Fund Committee annual Memorial Day Ceremony.
The ceremony will take place at approximately 12:15 p.m. at the John F. Kennedy Memorial on Ocean Street (located next to Veterans Beach). The Ceremony will be assisted by a group of Cub Scouts from Pack 54, the Barnstable Girl Scouts, the Barnstable Police Department Honor Guard and other special guests. It is at this ceremony that the 2012 JFK Scholarship will be awarded to this year’s recipient, a 2012 Barnstable High School Graduate.
This year’s scholarship winner of $2,000 is Jasmine Peck Opie of Cotuit. Three finalists were considered for the scholarship. All finalists had incredible academic and extracurricular activity records. These students are a wonderful tribute to our community and its school system.
All are welcome to attend.
Also on tap for this weekend through the end of the month, some 55,000-plus American flags will be planted - one on each grave of each veteran - at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.