2024 Memorial Day Parade

by | May 29, 2024

Above: Scouts watch as a Mack fire engine makes its way down Main Street. Photo by Ellen Galoob

Though the skies were gray and the air was heavy, residents of East Greenwich crowded the streets for the annual Memorial Day Parade Monday morning. 

This year’s grand marshal was Col. Joanne Breslin, commander of the Varnum Continentals Militia. She didn’t ride in a car, but rather marched with the Varnum militia as is her usually role. Breslin gave a short overview of the history of Memorial Day and honored those who have lost their lives while serving the country.

“Their sacrifice will never be forgotten, and we are forever grateful,” she said in closing. 

Town Manager Andrew Nota officiated over the wreath laying at the World War II Memorial on the corner of Cliff Street and the closing ceremonies in front of Town Hall.

Governor Dan McKee and Major General Christopher Callahan also spoke in front of Town Hall. The Reverend Timothy Rich of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church offered the invocation there.

Several local students participated in the ceremony. Eben Byler, an 8th grade student from Cole Middle School, recited the Gettysburg Address. Maddie Hennessy and Mia Costantino, sophomore chorus members at EGHS, sang the National Anthem. Taps was performed by Caroline Nuzum and Emma Sheahan-Nguyen at Cliff Street and for the closing ceremonies. 

“Lone Piper” Aaron Lindo leads the parade. Photo by Ellen Galoob

Grand Marshal Col. Joanne Breslin leads the Varnum Continentals. Photo by Ellen Galoob

Marching behind the sign, EG Town Council, with members Michael Donegan, Caryn Corenthal, Michael Zarrella, and Renu Englehart. EG Rep. Justine Caldwell marches with her daughter in front of the sign. Photo by Ellen Galoob

Rooney and Smith children watch the parade in style. Photo courtesy of Art Lowe

The EGHS Avenger Band. Photo by Ellen Galoob

Daisy Scout Troop 105. Photo by Ellen Galoob

The Providence Brigade Band. Photo by Ellen Galoob

Local and state officials watch the Memorial Day Parade from the viewing stand. Photo by Ellen Galoob

East Greenwich Animal Protection League with dogs for adoption. Photo by Ellen Galoob

EGHS band member Caroline Nuzum performing Taps. Photo by Ellen Galoob

Cole MS 8th grader Eben Byler recites the Gettysburg Address during the closing ceremony of the 2024 Memorial Day Parade. Photo by Ellen Galoob

Ellen Galoob, a journalism student at URI, is interning for EG News.


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Bruce Mastracchio
Bruce Mastracchio
May 29, 2024 7:58 am

Great parade. Great job, Leigh! A day to bask in the small town America that I love.

Amanda Galmiche
Amanda Galmiche
May 31, 2024 8:33 am

Such a fun morning! A little drizzle didn’t stop EG from showing up.


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