Brimfield Memorial Day Services to be held Sunday May 30
The Town of Brimfield will hold its annual Memorial Day Services on Sunday, May 30 at 2:00 pm on the Town Common. The committee extends a special invitation to all area veterans, enlisted service members and reservist to join us so that we may recognize and honor them for their sacrifice and service.
Ceremonies will begin with the drum roll and the Veterans call to order as they process in. The ceremony will feature the remembrance of current and former town residents who have passed in the last year with a roll call followed by the ringing of the historic Town Hall bell. Frannie Watson will sing the National Anthem, and students from the 6th grade Colin Marquis and Braeden Campbell will read the Gettysburg address and a poem. Starr Normandin will have the honors of raising the flag later at the cemetery. Brimfield’s history buff Mike DeFalco will speak, State Senator Anne Gobi and State Representative Todd Smola will share brief remarks.
At the conclusion of the ceremony the parade will immediately form on North Main Street. The parade will follow the procession of flags. Veterans and military personnel will march, and there will be a wagon for veterans and others who want to join the parade but are unable to walk the route, provided by Village Green Campgrounds.
Brimfield Fire and Police will participate as well as the local Boy Scout and Cub Scout Troops 7 and Girl Scouts who have helped prepare for the day with the planting of flowers and flags at the soldiers' graves. Per custom, all are encouraged to fall in behind the regiments and join in the parade. Children are invited to patriotically decorate their bikes and doll carriages.
The parade route stops at the cemetery and 2 war monuments in town with a brief ceremony at each that includes an invocation, a ceremonial gun salute honoring the deceased veterans, laying of wreaths, raising the flag and the playing of Taps. Also, at the cemetery red carnations will be placed on veterans' graves.
Following the parade all who marched are rewarded with Hoodsie ice cream cups. Be sure to join us on this Day of Remembrance in honor of those who have sacrificed so much for the freedoms that we enjoy. All are asked to please observe Covid guidelines that are in effect on May 30 in accordance with Governor Bakers orders.