Memorial Day Parade in Canton MA
There is always something going on in Canton MA! The events below represent the final entry - Number 31 - in my ongoing series of 31 Things to do In May in Canton MA.
What better place to end the series then Canton's Memorial Day Parade? Canton's annual Memorial Day Parade honors our past and present members of our armed forces and salutes all of America's heros. It is a coming-together of the community, with not only veterans groups marching in the parade, but also the American Legion Band, the Canton High Bulldog Band, the Canton Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, local elected officials and various community groups. The parade route is usually lined with young and old alike, waving American Flags and cheering on the marchers.
As a side note, the Canton Girl Scouts have already prepared for this parade by replacing the flags on the veterans' graves with new ones. It is an annual tradition that the Canton Girl Scouts participate in on the Wednesday before Memorial Day.
The parade kicks off from in front of Canton High School. All groups marching in the parade are asked to be there by 9:00 am. The parade route goes straight down Washington Street to the Canton Cemetery, with a few stops along the way to place wreaths at memorials along the parade route. At the end of the parade, at the flagpole and memorial circle in the cemetery, there will be a ceremony honoring all of our veterans and service members, including some speeches and salutes.
It is a great tradition that I am sure will be replicated in cities and towns all across the country. If you are in Canton MA, I urge you to come out with a show of support for our troops an veterans and for those marching in the parade.
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