“The Groton Marching Band and Chowder Society no longer has enough members to field a band and the Groton-Dunstable Regional High School couldn’t line up enough members either,” according to Parade Adjutant Bob Johnson. “Both Michael Manugian of the Chowder Society and G-DRHS Music Director Tim Savoy made valiant efforts, but were unsuccessful in the end.”
He wrote in a news release that the parade will begin at 9 a.m. on Memorial Day at the Legion Hall on School Street. The parade pauses for ceremonies at the Main Street Common, Old Burying Ground, Groton Cemetery, and Sawyer Common. There will be no parking permitted on any of the streets on the parade route, and they will be closed to traffic as the parade passes.
Johnson said “As always, the parade honors veterans of all wars, but this year’s special theme will be the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II. We would like to invite all veterans to join us, whether in uniform or not. Veterans who wish to participate but are unable to march are asked to contact Dave Elliott at 978 448-6303 to arrange a ride in one of the vehicles in the parade.
“Our Grand Marshal and primary speaker this year is U.S. Army LtCol Steven Egan, Post Commander of Fort Devens. We will be joined at the Cemetery again this year by the Granite Statesmen Barbershop Chorus, 12-time Northeast District champions of the Barbershop Harmony Society.”
The Groton Minutemen; town Boy, Cub, and Girl Scouts; and town selectmen will march and be accompanied by units of the Fire Department.
The parade returns to Legion Hall from the cemetery and usually disbands shortly after 11 a.m., Johnson wrote.