Posted on: May 4, 2017

2017 Memorial Day Ceremony

2017 Memorial Day Ceremony

All parade participants and marching units will start forming at 10:30am in the high school parking lot on Monday May 29, 2017.  Step off will commence promptly at 10:50am, proceeding to the flagpole area where posting of the colors by Vice Commander of the American Legion Post 293 and Italian American Veterans Post 64 will take place, followed by the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance lead by (TBD), placing of the wreaths by Town Veterans Grave Officer, Daniel Kneeland and  Council President Kevin Manley and Councilman Michael Kane, with military honors conducted by Sergeant at Arms Terry Glusko, coupled with volleys by the firing squad and taps with echo taps by the high school band.
Immediately following the outdoor ceremonies all will be invited into the high school auditorium for the formal program.

1.      Welcoming address by Michael Flynn, Commander of American Legion Post

2.      National Anthem performed by (TBD)

3.      Invocation – Reverend Dr. William Wildman Jr.

4.      Introduction – Post 293 Commander Michael Flynn

5.      Governor’s Proclamation – ITAM Commander Kyle Godding

6.      General Logan’s orders recited by (TBD)

7.      In Flanders Field by John McCrea recited by (TBD)

8.      Musical Selection by the ELHS band under the direction of Choral Director Carol Forward

9.      Principal Speaker – Town Council President Kevin Manley

10.  Special Remembrance – Reading of the names of deceased East Longmeadow war veterans by Councilwoman Kathleen Hill

11.  The singing of God Bless America by (TBD)

12.  Greeting By Senator Eric  Lesser

13.  Remarks by State Representatives Angelo Puppolo and Brian Ashe

14.  Benediction by Reverend Dr. William Wildman Jr.

15.  Program conclusion by Commander Michael Flynn

16.  Departing Musical Selection by the ELHS Band

All are invited to join us at the Veterans Memorial at East Longmeadow Center Square for placing of flowers and wreaths by the veterans, politicians and families of the deceased veterans, then to post 293 for light refreshments.

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