Town Crier

WILMINGTON — Al­though the Wilmington Department of Veterans Services canceled the Memorial Day parade, Director Lou Cimaglia wants the public to know that this year’s Memo­rial Day ceremonies are still taking place. The annual parade usually brings in lots of town sports teams and other youth groups to walk together — not to mention all of the town supporting on the sidewalk — which would certainly not meet current social distancing requirements.

In a press release, Ci­maglia invited the public to participate in Memo­rial Day events starting Saturday, May 23. The only caveat is that social distancing guidelines will be followed — so everyone will have to wear masks and remain six feet apart, or be following any updates for the town that may come out before then.

The current plan in­cludes decorating veterans’ graves with flowers and flags at Wildwood Ce­metery at 8 a.m. that Saturday morning, follow­ed by decorating me­mo­rials and squares at 10:15 a.m.

The ceremony on the town common will be on Sunday, May 24 at 1 p.m. starting with the rededicating of the Police Sta­tion Monument. At 1:15 p.m. they’ll be honoring Wil­mington’s fallen war fighters and explaining the stories behind each monument.

“We read the squares and talk about why our fallen heroes have a square named after them,” Cim­aglia said over the phone. “The public is invited to all events. We’ll be there rain or shine.”

He specified that special accommodations will be made in order to ad­here to the most up-to-date social distancing requirements.

On Memorial Day, the ceremony at 11 a.m. on the veterans lot will have a short speaker program with Lou Cimaglia as Mas­ter of Ceremonies. There will also be a flag ceremony, a reading of the Get­tysburg address, and taps by Ken Michaud of the United States Navy.

“It’d be great for people to be able to get out of the house, social distance, but still attend the ceremony to honor our fallen war fighters,” Cimaglia said.

He asks anyone with questions about the town’s Memorial Day celebration to call the De­partment of Veterans Ser­vices office at 978-694-6056.

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