The Town of East Greenwich proudly announces its annual Veterans Day Parade on Monday, November 11, 2019 at 10 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. Patrick Donovan, Vice President of the Varnum Continentals, Inc. and Curator of the Varnum Armory Museum will preside as the Master of Ceremonies
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, Varnum Continentals and the Pawtuxet Rangers. Several veteran organizations will be present such as the American Legion Post 15, VFW Post 8018 and the ever patriotic float paying homage to The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Musical groups include the Governor’s Own 88th Army Marching Band, Navy Band Northeast, Providence Brigade Band, RI Highlanders and the East Greenwich High School Marching 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.
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.