WILMINGTON — At a Board of Selectmen meeting on April 22, Veterans Affairs Director Lou Cimaglia previewed the Memorial Day weekend schedule for 2019.
According to Cimaglia, the events begin on Saturday, May 24 at 8 a.m. with grave decorating at the Wildwood Cemetery. All veterans’ graves are decorated throughout the cemetery. Cimaglia said that families and children are welcome to join.
“I’ve seen guys bring their kids there, and now their kids are grown and they still come back,” said Cimaglia.
At 10:15 a.m. on Saturday morning, a police escort will then accompany the group around town to visit each memorial.
On Sunday, May 25, the events continue with a mass at Saint Elizabeth’s Church at 11 a.m. At 1 p.m., the monument at the public safety building is rededicated. At 1:15, the group will convene at the town common to rededicate this square. Cimaglia explained that this will consist of reading the location of each square and describing why it is named as it is.
“The public is welcome to all of these events, so I’m really hoping that getting the word out a little earlier this year will help,” said Cimaglia.
The parade itself steps off from the Market Basket parking lot at 10 a.m. on Monday, and the ceremony begins at the Wildwood Cemetery at 11 a.m.
“As always, I want to thank the public. This town is extremely patriotic… (Wilmington) always goes above and beyond,” said Cimaglia.
The board thanked Cimaglia for his dedication to the event and to the Veterans Services office.
“Speaking of above and beyond, you and Mike (Frotten, Veterans Agent) certainly go above and beyond for the residents, the veterans, and this community,” said board chair Kevin Caira.
He noted that the office assists veterans on a wide range of issues, from housing to the opioid epidemic.
“I want to thank both of you gentlemen for the work on not only this event but all of the events that you guys put together to honor our brave citizens that have served us so honorably,” said Selectman Greg Bendel.
Selectman Michael McCoy noted that Cimaglia had stepped in to help a past employee who had recently returned from Iraq.
“We really appreciate what you guys do. Thank you,” said McCoy.
“This isn’t just a job or a career, this is what you guys have dedicated so much of your lives to, and I think this community is better because of what you’ve done,” added Selectman Jonathan Eaton.