Manchester ceremony is Monday

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Memorial Day parade starts at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 27, beginning at Webster and Elm St. and proceeding to Veterans Memorial Park, where a ceremony will be held.

Vets invited to march in Londonderry

LONDONDERRY — All veterans are invited to join Londonderry Post 27 on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, to march to the Glenwood Cemetery to honor Pfc. Verne Greeley, U.S. Marine Corps, who was killed in Vietnam in 1967.

The march will continue to the town common for a ceremony to honor all those who have died serving our nation.

The Londonderry high and middle school bands will accompany.Participating vets are to muster at the traffic light on Robert Lincoln Way at 9:45 a.m.

At the conclusion of the parade the post will host a ceremony to honor one of its members, John McCarthy. Friends of McCarthy are invited.

McCarthy has been a member of The American Legion for more than 50 years and was instrumental in having the current Post 27 facility built.

He has worked to help veterans in Londonderry and around the state.

Post 27 was his passion as he constantly recruited members, made physical improvements and helped with operations.

He also served on the post’s executive board every year from 1987 to 2018, serving longer than any other member, and has been commander seven different times.

Henniker’s plans include donation drive

HENNIKER — The Henniker Memorial Day parade will step off Monday, May 27, at 10 a.m.

Veterans interested in marching or riding in the parade are to meet at 9:30 a.m.

The route starts at Cogswell Memorial School and goes around the square to Circle Street, then back up, ending at the Angela Robinson Bandstand in Community Park, where there will be a brief program with Henniker American Legion Post 78.

Post Commander Gregg Champlin will serve as master of ceremonies, and Fr. Marcel Martel of St. Theresa’s Parish will deliver the memorial service.

Behind the bandstand, at the Henniker Community Center, there will also be a formal display of Henniker veterans who have served in all the branches of the military.

Post 78 is conducting a drive to contribute to Liberty House’s efforts to help homeless and struggling veterans. The public is asked to consider bringing food pantry items and personal hygiene products.

Immediately following the program, free ice cream will be offered to children, and there will be a chicken barbecue — a fundraiser by Henniker Community School students to raise money for their trip to Washington, D.C.

Post 78 will also be selling poppies to benefit its veterans’ support and youth programs.

Rye hosting parade, ceremony

RYE — The town’s Memorial Day parade will begin Monday, May 27, at 9 a.m. at the veterans monument, ending on the green at Central Cemetery, where the town will conduct a ceremony.

All residents are encouraged to attend the event, and all veterans are invited to march in the parade; veterans do not have to belong to a veteran organization to participate. Those with physical limitations may sit among fellow veterans during the ceremony.

In addition to veterans, parade participants include New Hampshire Police Association Pipes and Drums, the Rye Police and Fire Departments, the Rye Junior High Marching Band, Girl and Boy Scouts and a vintage fire truck.

The guest speaker is Burton Dibble, M.D., of Rye, a former U.S. Navy medical officer.

Brody Parrott will perform taps with Forrest Kimmel performing echo. The Pledge of Allegiance will be led by Selectman Bill Epperson. A wreath donated by the Rye Lions Club will be placed by Police Chief Kevin Walsh and Fire Chief Mark Cotreau in memory of our veterans.

Awards will be presented by Epperson and fellow Selectman Philip Winslow to participants of the Rye Recreation Department’s Memorial Day Poster and Writing Contest who attend Rye Elementary School and Rye Junior High School. The posters will be available for viewing, and the poems and essays will be read.

Recipients of the poster contest awards are: Julian Dumas, in kindergarten; Lea McCarthy and Reagan Medros, in first grade; Stella Caruso, Dylan Errecart and Tyler Tsetsilas, in second grade; and Elizabeth Hancock and Caitlin Tabit, in third grade.

Recipients of the writing contest awards are: Oliver Waldron, Will LeBlond, Aidan Piela and Nevis Intoccia, in fourth grade; Natalie Dumas and Stella Piela, in sixth grade; and Maisie Minehart, in seventh grade.

Rev. Ronald Lavoie of Rye Congregational Church will give the invocation and Rev. Boniface Agbata of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish in Hampton will give the benediction.

Immediately after the ceremony, refreshments will be provided by the Rye Heritage Commission.

The Town of Rye has lost soldiers, sailors, airmen, merchant seamen and Marines in armed conflicts. The town also remembers on this occasion the firefighters and police officers who have been lost in the line of duty.

For more information, contact Lee Arthur, town recreation director, at 964-6281.

Kingston parade begins at 1 p.m.

KINGSTON — The Kingston Veterans Club has announced that the Kingston Memorial Day parade is scheduled for Monday, May 27, with step-off at 1 p.m., rain or shine.

Veterans of surrounding towns are encouraged to participate. There is a parade float to accommodate veterans who will not be marching.

The Kingston route will begin at town hall with the parade vehicles lined up on Main Street.

At the command of the grand marshal, the parade will proceed up Church Street and turn left onto North Road to the entrance of Greenwood Cemetery, where the formal Memorial Day observance will commence.

All veterans are cordially invited to the Kingston Veterans Club at 36 Church St. for an open house and refreshments after the parade and observance.

A mindful Memorial Day in Tamworth

TAMWORTH — Mindfulness is a helpful way to armor down one’s defenses.

This Memorial Day, spend a moment of mindfulness at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Tamworth on Monday, May 27. The doors open at 10 a.m.

An introduction begins at 10:30 a.m., and a class will be offered for children at the same time. A walking-meditation session begins at 11:30 a.m. The flag will be raised at noon.

A free yoga class will be offered at a different location — the townhouse — at 12:30 p.m. (Some mats will be provided).

The Honor Brigade founded Mindful Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery in 2014 as a way to remember fallen warriors through mindfulness.

The Tamworth Veterans Committee is honored to bring the idea locally to commemorate service members who have lost their lives.

Refreshments and yellow ribbons will be available during the event.

For more information call Annie Provenzano at 323-2348.

For more, see a longer statewide list in Friday’s paper.