Me­mo­rial Day ob­ser­vances planned around the Val­ley

Pawtucket Times - - FRONT PAGE - By JONATHAN BISSONNETT­E jbis­son­[email protected]­tuck­et­times.com

Cities and towns across the Black­stone Val­ley will be fes­tooned in stars and stripes as the Me­mo­rial Day hol­i­day will be com­mem­o­rated, with events sched­uled over the week­end to al­low peo­ple to re­mem­ber and pay re­spects to the men and women who have died serv­ing the na­tion’s armed forces.

The weather for the week­end ap­pears to be mostly pleas­ant, a stark con­trast from the damp and dreary con­di­tions last year that quite lit­er­ally rained on some Me­mo­rial Day pa­rades. To­day’s fore­cast calls for sunny skies with highs in the mid-70s. Show­ers and pos­si­bly a thun­der­storm could im­pact plans sched­uled for this evening, but any pre­cip­i­ta­tion is ex­pected to be out of the re­gion by early Sun­day morn­ing.

Sun­day af­ter­noon is pro­jected to be a partly sunny day with high tem­per­a­tures reach­ing into the low 80s. Skies will be partly cloudy on Sun­day night as tem­per­a­tures drop into the low 60s. Mon­day is ex­pected to be a bright, sunny day with high tem­per­a­tures in the mid-70s.

The fore­cast for the re­gion should make for a series of com­fort­able days spent out­doors at cook­outs, pa­rades, fire­works dis­plays, or other Me­mo­rial Day com­mem­o­ra­tions.

In Cen­tral Falls, a cer­e­mony will be held at Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Park at the corner of Hunt and Illi­nois streets. The pro­gram starts at 9:30 on Mon­day morn­ing.

The cer­e­mony will in­clude the Cen­tral Falls Po­lice and Fire Depart­ment Honor Guard, the singing of the na­tional an­them by a Cen­tral Falls High School stu­dent, a brief speak­ing agenda, and the play­ing of “Taps.”

The park will be dec­o­rated with well over 200 Amer­i­can flags, as the col­ors of the coun­try will fill the city.

In Paw­tucket, the Paw­tucket Vet­er­ans Coun­cil, along with nu­mer­ous elected of­fi­cials from the City of Paw­tucket, will en­gage in a cer­e­mony hon­or­ing the 151st an­niver­sary of Me­mo­rial Day in re­mem­brance of the men and women from Paw­tucket who gave their lives while wear­ing the uni­form of the na­tion’s armed ser­vices.

The cer­e­mony will be held at 11 a.m. Mon­day at Paw­tucket’s Me­mo­rial Park at the corner of Roo­sevelt Av­enue and Ex­change Street. The event is fam­ily-friendly and open to the pub­lic and park­ing is avail­able in the lot across from City Hall.

“Let us re­mem­ber with grat­i­tude and pride those who died while serv­ing our coun­try and pro­tect­ing our free­dom,” of­fi­cials said in a press re­lease an­nounc­ing the cer­e­mony.

In Lin­coln, the an­nual Me­mo­rial Day pa­rade on Mon­day morn­ing stages at Keefe Fu­neral Home on Hig­gin­son Av­enue at 10 a.m. be­fore step­ping off at 11 a.m. The pa­rade be­gins at the corner of Hig­gin­son and Smith­field av­enues, trav­el­ing north on

Smith­field Av­enue be­fore turn­ing east onto Walker Street. The cel­e­bra­tion con­tin­ues trav­el­ing north onto Chapel Street, con­tin­u­ing onto Great Road, be­fore con­clud­ing at Chase Farm. The post-pa­rade cel­e­bra­tion at Chase Farm, lo­cated at 667 Great Road, with food trucks and live mu­sic is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mon­day af­ter­noon.

In Woonsocket, the United Vet­er­ans Coun­cil of Woonsocket and the City of Woonsocket in­vites guests to the an­nual Me­mo­rial Day cer­e­mony on Mon­day at 10:30 a.m. The event will be held at the United Vet­er­ans Coun­cil of Woonsocket Armed Forces Park on Dav­i­son Av­enue to honor and re­mem­ber the self­less pa­tri­o­tism and valor of those vet­er­ans who have served. The cer­e­mony will in­clude a short speak­ing pro­gram, the Woonsocket Po­lice and Fire Honor Guards, Woonsocket High School Air Force ROTC, and mu­si­cal per­for­mances by the Woonsocket High School band and soloist Charles De­saulniers.

In the event of rain, the cer­e­mony will be moved to the third floor of Woonsocket City Hall, 169 Main St.

In North Smith­field, the town’s an­nual Me­mo­rial Day pa­rade will com­mence at 10:30 a.m. on Mon­day morn­ing. The pa­rade will fea­ture civic groups and or­ga­ni­za­tions, scouts, school bands, an­tique cars, youth groups, com­mu­nity agen­cies, and vet­er­ans.

Fol­low­ing the pa­rade, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the North Smith­field Her­itage Fair will be held at Her­itage Hall, Ken­dall Dean School,

and the Slatersvil­le church com­mon. The free event will pro­vide fun for the fam­ily and pro­mote the town’s his­tory. Fea­tured will be ar­ti­facts, an­tiques, and photo ex­hibits; Civil War re-en­ac­tors; Touch-A-Truck; chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties; Na­tional Park Ser­vice walk­ing tours; tours of Slatersvil­le Con­gre­ga­tional Church; ex­hibits, demon­stra­tions, and plenty more.

In East Prov­i­dence, the Me­mo­rial Day pa­rade hosted by the Amer­i­can Legion – River­side Post 10 starts at 10 a.m. at Cres­cent Park Looff Carousel in the River­side sec­tion of the city, 700 Bul­locks Point Av­enue. The pa­rade heads north on Bul­locks Point Av­enue to River­side Square, turn­ing right onto Turner Av­enue, then right to Wil­lett Av­enue be­fore end­ing at Amer­i­can Legion – River­side Post 10 at 830 Wil­lett Ave. around 11:15 a.m.

Gov. Gina M. Rai­mondo will honor the fallen war­riors at the Rhode Is­land Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Cer­e­mony on Mon­day at 1 p.m. at 301 South County Trail in Ex­eter. Rai­mondo will be joined by mem­bers of the state’s Con­gres­sional del­e­ga­tion and other dig­ni­taries to honor those who have died in ser­vice of the United States. Fol­low­ing the speak­ing pro­gram, the gov­er­nor will par­tic­i­pate in the tra­di­tional wreath lay­ing with Gold Star fam­ily mem­bers.

In New­port, the Boots on the Ground for He­roes Me­mo­rial presents al­most 7,000 boots adorned with Amer­i­can flags and name plac­ards rep­re­sent­ing the lives of the of the ser­vice mem­bers killed

in ac­tion in the global War on Terror fol­low­ing the Sept. 11, 2001 ter­ror­ist at­tacks. The boots are on dis­play this week­end at Fort Adams in New­port.

Just over the bor­der in Black­stone, the Me­mo­rial Day hol­i­day week­end kicks off to­day with the ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony of the Black­stone Com­mon Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial. The event is slated to start at 1 p.m. to­day at the corner of But­ler and Main streets.

The cel­e­bra­tion con­tin­ues with the town’s an­nual pa­rade and fire­works dis­play on Sun­day. The pa­rade forms at noon at the John F. Kennedy/ Au­gus­tine F. Maloney ele­men­tary school com­plex at 200 Lin­coln St. and steps off at 1 p.m. The pa­rade con­tin­ues onto Men­don Street and then Main Street be­fore turn­ing onto Saint Paul Street and con­clud­ing at the the Town Mu­nic­i­pal Cen­ter. A cer­e­mony will fol­low the end of the pa­rade in front of the Mu­nic­i­pal Cen­ter.

Then, from 2 to 9:30 p.m., there will be a fair at Roo­sevelt Park be­hind the Mu­nic­i­pal Cen­ter. The fair in­cludes food, arts and crafts, live entertainm­ent, and amuse­ment rides. Entertainm­ent sched­uled for Sun­day’s fair in­cludes the Black­stone-Mil­lville Re­gional High School jazz band from 2:30 to 3:15, Slick Willy from 4 to 6:30 p.m., and Whiskey Knights from 7 to 9:30. Ad­mis­sion to the event is free.

The day-long fes­tiv­i­ties con­clude with a large fire­works dis­play at 9:30 p.m.

Fol­low Jonathan Bissonnett­e on Twit­ter @J_Bis­son­nette

File photo by Ernest A. Brown

Ron Daig­nault, of Bur­ril­lville, pays trib­ute to fel­low marines at the Boots on the Ground Ex­hibit at Roger Wil­liams Park in Prov­i­dence in this 2018 file photo. This year’s Boots on the Ground dis­play will be in New­port.

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