This year’s grand marshal is Charlotte Dumas
The Town of East Greenwich proudly announces the annual Veterans Day Parade on Friday, Nov. 11, at 10 a.m.
From Academy Field, the parade will wind through the historic district by way of Mawney Street and continue east on First Avenue (Route 401) for a brief wreath-laying ceremony near the World War II Memorial on the corner of Cliff Street. The parade will then proceed north on Main Street to the Town Hall for closing ceremonies around 11 a.m. Patrick Donovan, president of the Varnum Continentals and executive director of the Varnum Armory Museum, will preside as the Master of Ceremonies. Lifelong EG resident Charlotte Dumas, 97, has been selected as this year’s Grand Marshal.
The “Lone Piper” Aaron Lindo will lead the procession which will feature police and fire honor guards, elected officials, veteran dignitaries and the always resplendent local historic militia groups the Kentish Guards and Varnum Continentals. Spectators will be delighted by several marching bands including the EGHS Marching Band, the 88th Army Band, the R.I. Highlanders and the Providence Brigade Band. Boy and Girl Scouts will march along with many local organizations displaying their patriotic spirit. The redesigned Tomb of the Unknown Soldier replica float is returning to pay homage to all the sacrifices made by our fallen heroes. The ever-patriotic Blue Knights Law Enforcement motorcycle group will be joined by the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association and numerous classic and antique cars will delight spectators along Main Street. Local fire companies will display an outstanding array of antique apparatus.
All are welcome to gather in front of Town Hall for closing ceremonies, which will include a flyover by the 143rd Airlift Wing, R.I. Air National Guard, out of Quonset Point (weather permitting).
East Greenwich 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. The holiday started as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country’s service and was originally called Armistice Day. It fell on November 11 because that is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I in 1918. In 1954, the holiday was changed to “Veterans Day” in order to account for all veterans in all wars.
There is NO RAIN DATE. In the event of inclement weather, a ceremony will be held inside Swift Community Center, 121 Peirce St., at 10 a.m. including participants from Divisions 1 and 2. All are welcome as capacity allows.