Friday, May 17, 2002
Memorial Day festivities set for May 27
Carlisle's Memorial Day celebration will be held on Monday, May 27 from 9:30 a.m. until noon in Carlisle Center.
This is our opportunity to honor members of the armed forces who have served our nation, and especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives in the service of our country. All of our veterans will be recognized for their service and those attending are invited to march in the parade as a unit. Everyone is encouraged to come out and help us celebrate this occasion.
Flag raising at 9:30 a.m.
The day's events will begin with a flag-raising on the Green at 9:30 a.m. At 10 a.m. formal exercises led by Master of Ceremonies Douglas Stevenson will be held at the Corey Auditorium. The exercise will include an invocation and benediction by local ministers, the pledge of allegiance, the national anthem and other selections by our award-winning school band led by Thomas O'Halloran. The keynote address will be given by students from the Carlisle Public School.
Memorial day keynote speakers
This year's keynote address will be selected from essays written by third and fourth grade students from the Carlisle Public School. All the students in the third and fourth grades have been asked to write a paper on "What Memorial Day Means to Me." The history and language arts departments will select three of the essays for oral presentation at the Memorial Day Services. Additional student essays on this subject will be displayed in the foyer of the auditorium. Mr. Steven Goodwin, assistant school principal, is coordinating this activity.
Scott Evans to lead parade
Scott Evans, captain of the Carlisle Minutemen, will again serve as parade marshal. The parade will follow the traditional route down Church Street to the Green Cemetery, up Bedford Road to the Civil War monument at the rotary, to the war memorials on the Common and finish at the town flag pole where the flag will be raised to full-staff while the band plays the Star Spangled Banner. At each stop prayers will be said, wreaths placed, a gun salute fired, and taps and echo played. Following a long tradition, a wreath will be laid at the gravesite of the most recent veteran to be buried in Green Cemetery, Theodore Q. Zizza. Other veterans who were buried at Green Cemetery this year will also be named. The parade will include veterans, Scout groups, clergy, the Carlisle Minutemen, the speakers, town officials, participating townspeople and the Carlisle school band.
Events after the parade
Immediately after the parade, juice and cookies will be served to the children outside the Carlisle school cafeteria.
The ladies of the First Religious Society luncheon committee, chaired by Donna Cantrill, cordially invite the townspeople to attend their traditional Memorial Day luncheon at Union Hall following the parade. The whole community is welcome to come and enjoy the buffet of ham, baked beans, potato and tossed salads, homemade rolls, and fruit crisp for dessert. Pizza will also be on the menu, especially for the kids. A small fee will be charged for the meal to cover costs. Reservations are not required but would be helpful. Please contact Donna Cantrill at 1-978-369-4388.
The celebrations committee invites and encourages all townspeople to participate in this traditional ceremony. Memorial Day gives us all an opportunity to honor those who have served our country.
All veterans who would like to participate and need transportation please call Doug Stevenson at 978-369-6892.
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