The Westborough Memorial Day Parade returns after a two-year hiatus

Westborough Board of Selectmen Chairman Ian Johnson speaks during a ceremony outside the Forbes Municipal Building during a Memorial Day 2019 ceremony. (Photo/Dakota Antelman)

WESTBOROUGH – The full Westborough Memorial Day Parade will return on May 30 after a two-year COVID-19 hiatus.

The parade is sponsored by the Veterans Services Department and the Westborough Veterans Advisory Board. It will feature marching bands, veterans and civic groups, floats, an array of military vehicles and more than 20 units, and will conclude with an 11 a.m. ceremony at the Forbes Memorial Building

Ceremonies will be held prior to the parade at 8:30 a.m. at Veteran’s Minutemen Park, 9:00 a.m. at St. Luke’s Cemetery, and 9:40 a.m. at Pine Grove Cemetery on a rotating basis.

The parade ends at 10:30 am at Midland Cemetery. From there, head to another ceremony at the Forbes Municipal Building at 11:00 a.m. before concluding at 11:45 a.m

All are invited to post-parade refreshments at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

Retired Westborough Veterans Services Officer Ken Ferrara will be the Grand Marshal of the parade. Other participants include representatives from state and city government, parish clergy, Westborough Police and Fire Department groups and school music groups.

All Westborough veterans and citizens are encouraged to attend the parade, where flags will be distributed to all and ice cream cards will be distributed to the children in attendance.

Those plans are taking shape as the Westborough Veterans Advisory Board moves forward with its Hometown Heroes Banner project.

New this year, the banners will be hung on Memorial Day for the first time.

Banner slots have been filled since last week with banners to be printed in the coming weeks, according to CEO Jim Tepper.

There will be a dedication for these banners during the Memorial Day ceremony at the Forbes Municipal Building.

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