PHOTOS: 2018 Veterans Day Parade

by | Nov 12, 2018

Kentish Guard

Kentish Guard Fife and Drum Corps

Civil War reenactors.

The EGHS Avenger Band.

The Rhode Island Highlanders Pipe Band.

EG parade and local legend Capt. John A. Romano, USN Ret.

EGHS After Prom.

Shiver me timbers … I think I recognize that AfterProm pirate!

The Kentish Guard stands at attention at the parade’s first stop, the war memorial at First Avenue and Cliff Street.

Town officials during the benediction at Cliff Street with Rev. Ellen Quaadgras of Westminster Unitarian Church.

EGFD Honor Guard.

Grand Marshal Major Gen. Charles Callahan, adjutant general of the Rhode Island National Guard, with Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea.

Spectators in front of the CVS plaza.

The Sullivan family came out to watch the parade.

The EGFD got cheers as they passed by Station One.

The spectators in front of Mainstreet Coffee.

Parade organizer Leigh Carney.

The Avenger Marching Band.

The parade reviewing stand.

Rev. Jonathan Malone of First Baptist Church East Greenwich provides a prayer at the start of the closing ceremonies in front of Town Hall.

Veterans Day parade closing ceremonies.

Grand Marshal Major General Christopher Callahan, Adjutant General of the Rhode Island National Guard, delivers his remarks.

Town Council President Sue Cienki.

Varnum Continental Patrick Donovan, curator and vice president of the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum, reads a letter from Jesse Whaley, a World War I veteran from East Greenwich.

Wreath laying.

Bagpiper Aaron Lindo.


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7 Comments

  1. Therese Vezeridis

    Thanks for Sharing!

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  2. Ron Sullman

    Picture of “first stop at Cliff & Frist Ave.” is NOT the Varnum Continentals. the photo is of the Kentish Guards. Don’t know the difference yet, eh?

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    • Elizabeth McNamara

      Ron, I can’t seem to ever get it right in the Kentish/Varnum captions! I’ve been watching these parades for just shy of 30 years and do know the difference. Gonna take better care going forward. Thanks for alerting me.

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  3. Ronald Sullman

    Sixty years ago, was my first parade with the Kentish Guards when the day was called “Armistice Day” would have marched on Sunday, but have sciatica which prevented me from marking my 60th Anniversary with the Kentish Guards…….I was fourteen years old in 1959 Ronald Sullman

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    • Elizabeth McNamara

      Well, that means I need to interview you! Would love to hear about your first parades. Really. [email protected]

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  4. Ronald Sullman

    I joined the Kentish Guards due to my love of history and the fact they participated in Old Sturbridge Village’s Muster Day, the Village’s recreated early New England Militia Muster in June 1959 and enjoyed participating in those stirring muster for ten years, marching to the thunderous fife & drum music of the oldest fife & drum corps in the U.S., the thundering Mattatuck Drum Band of Waterbury, Connecticut. the ground shook and windows rattled when that sixty-five piece fife & drum corps led the Kentish Guards, Lexington Minutemen and Newport Artillery Company along the dusty lanes of Old Sturbridge Village. there were two parades and the highlight of the second parade was when a man dressed as an 1812 sailor, shinned up the village’s flagpole and placed a Liberty Cap atop the pole and then the Village’s 15 star & stripe flag was raised to the peak of the pole and all of the militia companies present, fired a crashing musket volley when the flag reached the peak of the pole, and the Mattatuck Drum Band launched into a thunderous ground shaking, window rattling version of Yankee Doodle and the crowd went wild. Those musters were the most patriotic events that I’ve ever participated in and before I die, would love to see and participate in another muster day.

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  5. Ronald Sullman

    I’d be honored to speak to you about my experiences with my sixty year membership with the Kentish Guards.

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