The Town of East Greenwich proudly announces their annual Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 10:00 AM.
From Academy Field, the parade will continue to First Avenue (Rt.401) for a wreath-laying ceremony at the corner of Cliff Street. The parade will then proceed North on Main Street to the Town Hall for closing ceremonies to conclude at about 11:00 AM. Commander John Holmes with the East Greenwich American Legion Post 15 will continue as the Master of Ceremonies. Lucy Amat, Chaplain with the East Greenwich American Legion Post 15 is this year’s Grand Marshal.
The “Lone Piper” Aaron Lindo will lead the parade which will feature Color Guards from the Police and Fire Departments along with the always resplendent local militia groups The Kentish Guards and Varnum Continentals. His Majesty’s Tenth Regiment of Foot in America, a historically re-created infantry unit formed to portray the service of the British Army during the American War for Independence, is making their first appearance.
We are honored to welcome back “The Governor’s Own” 88th Army Band from the RI National Guard. Several veteran organizations will be present such as the American Legion Post 15, West Bay Korean War Veterans Association, Chapter 2 and the VFW Post 8018.
Back by popular demand is The RI Highlanders Pipe Band. Local Boy and Girl Scouts will march along with many local organizations displaying their patriotic spirit. Numerous classic and antique cars will participate along with the ever patriotic Blue Knights Law Enforcement motorcycle group. Local fire companies will display an outstanding array of apparatus.
Families and friends of veterans, and all veterans not marching with another parade group, are encouraged to join a contingent of marchers to walk together on parade day. Please email or call (401-789-7667) Jack Kelly for more information or questions.
The Town prides itself on being one of only a handful of Rhode Island communities to continue to sponsor this parade, honoring Veterans of all wars, especially those who have given their last full measure of devotion.
A temporary parking ban will be in effect on several of the streets surrounding Academy Field in order to accommodate parade vehicles.
In the event of inclement weather, Divisions 1 and 2 will hold a ceremony inside the Swift Community Center at 121 Peirce Street.