The Citizen Chronicle would like to express gratitude and appreciation to those who have served in the United States armed forces. It is our honor to provide a detailed timeline of Memorial Day observances for the town of Southbridge.
The opening ceremony will be held at 8:30 a.m. Monday, May 28, in front of Town Hall. Laurent McDonald, master of ceremonies, will introduce James Sotille, who will provide opening remarks, followed by the laying of wreaths and a salute.
The parade will begin at 9 a.m. near the Southbridge fire station, turning west on Main Street and right onto Hamilton Street, where wreaths will be placed at the Hyker monument.
The parade will then proceed to the Gold Star Monument at the rotary via Hook Street, Foster Street, North Street and Mechanic Street. Laurent McDonald will introduce event speaker, Representative Peter Durant. After Durant’s comments, the Southbridge Veterans’ Council, Italian American War Vets, Gold Star Mothers, the VFW, Vietnam Veterans and the Marine Corps League will place wreaths.
The parade will then travel up Main Street to the Honor Roll monument for the invocation and a wreath laying and salute.
The parade will continue to the WWII Memorial, where Laurent McDonald will deliver comments, followed by the laying of wreaths and a salute.
The parade will then travel west on Main Street and turn left onto Elm Street. Laurent McDonald will lead a prayer at the WWI monument, followed by the laying of wreaths and a salute.
The group will then disassemble and meet at the Polish American War Veterans Post on West Main Street.
Laurent McDonald will introduce chaplain Ed Delage, who will lead a prayer, followed by wreaths and a salute. The group will then travel to VFW headquarters at 219 Everett Street for final observances, where Curt Litchfield will lead a prayer, followed by the final placing of wreaths and a salute.
Saint John Paul II Parish in Southbridge will hold masses in English and Spanish at 8:45 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery and again at 11 a.m. in English at St. Hedwig Cemetery.
Masses will be conducted by Father Ken Cardinale, pastor of Saint John Paul II Parish and Father Juan Herrera, associate pastor. In the case of inclement weather, Memorial Day masses will be conducted at St. Mary’s Church.