Upper Valley Memorial Day ceremonies 2024

From left, Town Administrator Steve Halleran, Selectboard Member Ron Eberhardt and Selectboard Member Eric Brann gather to lay a wreath at the Service Memorial at Plainfield Cemetery ahead of Memorial Day in Plainfield, N.H., on Thursday, May 23, 2024. The gathering typically coincides with a community luncheon, which boosts attendance, but this year’s service fell on a different date and was commemorated with only the three town officials present. (Valley News / Report For America - Alex Driehaus) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

From left, Town Administrator Steve Halleran, Selectboard Member Ron Eberhardt and Selectboard Member Eric Brann gather to lay a wreath at the Service Memorial at Plainfield Cemetery ahead of Memorial Day in Plainfield, N.H., on Thursday, May 23, 2024. The gathering typically coincides with a community luncheon, which boosts attendance, but this year’s service fell on a different date and was commemorated with only the three town officials present. (Valley News / Report For America - Alex Driehaus) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Alex Driehaus

Published: 05-25-2024 6:39 PM

Sunday (May 26)

Norwich Memorial Day Observance, Picnic and Music: Begins at noon with parade at American Legion Post 8, with honors at the bridge on Beaver Meadow Road. Veterans and other community groups will then proceed to Fairview Cemetery for honors at Alden Partridge’s grave site. From there, the group will proceed to the Veterans Memorial Area near the flag at Tracy Hall for remarks and honors, concluding with the national anthem. The observance will be followed by the traditional free hot dogs and lemonade picnic on the Green, along with a mini concert of military service and patriotic music courtesy of the Upper Valley Community Band. Tents will be set up to provide shade for attendees. 802-296-3123 or norwichpost8@aol.com.

Monday (May 27)

Canaan: 9 a.m., Town Common, junction of routes 4 and 118. Hosted by Canaan American Legion Post 55. 603-523-4501.

Randolph: Parade begins at 9 a.m. on the corner of Main and School streets and ends at the Veterans Memorial in Grant Park on Pleasant Street, where a ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Orange Southwest School District elementary band and colorguard will perform. Hosted by American Legion Post 9. 802-728-5433.

Claremont: Memorial Day parade begins at 10 a.m. at Claremont Middle School and ends at Broad Street Park, where a ceremony will take place. Hosted by American Legion Post 29. 603-542-9222.

Thetford: 10 a.m., Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, 5245 Route 5. Ceremony hosted by American Legion Thetford Post 79. n.pero@aol.com.

Tunbridge: The day begins at 10:30 a.m. at Town Hall (271 Route 110) with a program celebrating Korean War veterans from Tunbridge. Parade starts at 11 a.m., and will be followed by a ceremony at Hoyt Memorial Park at the Village Cemetery. A chicken barbecue to benefit the Tunbridge Volunteer Fire Department, ice cream and activities follow at the fairgrounds. 802-693-0098.

Lebanon: Parade begins at 11 a.m. on Hanover Street near Route 120 and Eldridge Street, pauses briefly at the Hanover Street bridge for a service, then continues around Colburn Park before entering the park through the gate near the post office for a ceremony. Hosted by American Legion Post 22 in Lebanon. 603-448-3429.

Enfield: Parade begins at 11 a.m. on Main Street near the police station (19 Main St.), then goes up Route 4 and stops at the Veterans’ Memorial Park. It will then travel to Oak Grove Cemetery, go back onto Main Street to the bridge by Copeland Block and end back at Whitney Hall. A brief ceremony will be held at each location. Park at Huse Park. psac@enfield.nh.us or 603-632-7501.

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Perkinsville: Noon, Veterans Memorial Park, Perkinsville Green, Route 106. Hosted by the Weathersfield Veterans Memorial Committee. facebook.com/WeathersfieldVMC.

Fairlee: Noon, Town Common, 75 Town Common Road. Ceremony hosted by American Legion Thetford Post 79. n.pero@aol.com.

Muster Day in Etna: 3 to 5 p.m., Hanover Center Parade Ground and Cemetery, 388 Hanover Center Road. The annual observance of Memorial Day includes an address from keynote speaker Bill Hammond titled: “Sacrifice and Service,” as well as a musical performance by the Lyme Town Band. Hanover’s Troop 45 will provide color guard. hannah.falcone@hanovernh.org or 603-643-5315.

Monument Dedication in White River Junction: 1 p.m., Veterans Park on Railroad Row near the Windsor County District Courthouse. Unveiling of new monument that honors Hartford’s World War I and World War II veterans. ww1monument@gmail.com.

Thursday (May 30)

Cornish: 10 a.m. Meetinghouse Green, Cornish Stage Road and Route 120, Cornish Flat. Following the service, refreshments will be served. 603-675-5611.

Hartford: Ceremony starts at Maple Street Cemetery off Route 14 at 10:30 a.m., where members of the Hartford Veterans Council will lay a wreath. The group will drive to Town Hall in White River Junction to lay a wreath, before driving across Bridge Street to lay a wreath at Veterans Memorial Park. At 11 a.m., the Bridge Street bridge will be closed and the group will march out to the middle of the bridge to toss a wreath in the river. 603-369-0329.

Randolph Center: 3 p.m., Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 487 Furnace Road. A short ceremony will take place. 802-828-3379.

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