Photos by Skip Murray
In honor of Somerville’s veterans and all those who have served our nation, the City of Somerville announced a full week of Memorial/Armed Forces Week celebrations, that began on Saturday, May 20th. The 2017 ceremonies also coincided with the City’s 175th Anniversary of its separation from Charlestown, and the annual Veterans’ Memorial Parade that honored and celebrated Somerville’s history, dating back to the Revolutionary War era.
The Annual Somerville Memorial Day Parade took place this past Sunday, a weekend before Memorial Day Weekend.
The 2017 parade took place one week earlier to encourage more community involvement as we honored our military and Veterans in a celebration of service.
With 84 participating groups that brought music, exhibitions and representatives of our five branches of the armed forces, youth engagement, Somerville Schools, Veterans groups, and historical groups that tied in the historical significance of our City and celebrate its cultural diversity, the 2017 parade was one of the largest in recent memory, and in the region.
This year’s parade also included a brand new viewing stand in Davis Square!
Also this year’s 2017 parade route ended at the fire station in Teele Square, and did not continue to the Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
The 2017 Parade Grand Marshalls were two women veterans: Vietnam-era Veteran Hazel Evans, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran Theresa “Phe” Needham.
New this year also there will be a Somerville Honor and Remembrance Ceremony this coming Thursday, May 25, 6 p.m., Veterans Memorial Cemetery (Broadway, across from Clarendon Hill Towers)
This event will be a candlelight vigil reflecting the true meaning of Memorial Day. Don’t miss this opportunity to come together to continue the city’s week of remembrance here in Somerville.
There will also be two more additional events this Memorial week as well with the Memorial on the Mystic: Concert and Fireworks Tribute
This coming Monday, May 29, 7:30 p.m., at Baxter Park at Assembly Row.
This performance capstones Memorial Week with a musical performance that illustrates the true meaning of Memorial Day, and provides a message of hope for our country as we honor those brave men and women who paid the ultimate price for freedom.
The evening ceremony will combine the talents of the Metropolitan Wind Symphony, vocal ensemble N ’Harmony, and special performances by the Somerville All-City Chorus and the Somerville High School Chorus.
The highlight of the evening will be a stunning fireworks display over the Mystic River honoring the service and sacrifice of all who serve and have served our Nation. Special thanks to our event sponsors Federal Realty Investment Trust, and Wynn Resorts/Wynn Boston Harbor.
City Plans New “Memorial Week” Celebrations for Week Leading up to Memorial Day; Parade CHANGED for 2017 to Weekend BEFORE Memorial Day; NEW Concert and Fireworks Event on Memorial Day
For more information on any or all events, contact Veterans’ Services at 617-625-6600 ext. 4700, or email Bryan Bishop at BBishop@somervillema.gov.
Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact Nancy Bacci, at 617-625-6600 x2250 or NBacci@somervillema.gov.