Published in the May 26, 2016 edition


NORTH READING — Traditional Memorial Day services will be held on Monday, May 30, as North Reading remembers and honors its war dead as well as  those who have served and those who have passed with the annual parade and speeches on the common, beginning at 10 a.m.

The honorary parade marshals for the town’s 2016 Memorial Day Parade have been chosen and the honor goes to North Reading’s World War II and Korean War veterans.

The veterans of both wars will ride the parade route in specially provided transportation and veterans of other wars will follow in a special float. Veterans who plan on attending should contact North Reading Minit and Militia Captain Richard Stratton at 978–664–6202 or by e-mail at

The route of the parade will be down the Bow Street side of the common, past the Flint Memorial Library and down Park Street, turning right at Nan’s Cafe and down Park Street to Mount Vernon Street and then right onto Haverhill Street, where it returns to the common for closing ceremonies at 11 a.m.

Back at the common, Selectmen Chairman Robert Mauceri will deliver the Memorial Day address, the roll of honor (veterans who have passed since the last Memorial Day) will be read, the NRHS Marching Band will perform and wreaths will be placed on the war memorials on the common.

Children should arrive on the common no later than 9:15 a.m. to take part in the annual decorated bike contest, which will be judged at 9:30 a.m., sharp.

The public is also invited to attend early morning services conducted by the town’s Minitmen at each of North Reading’s three cemeteries: 7 a.m., at Riverside, 7:45 a.m. at Harmony Vale and 8:30 a.m. at Park Street.