Carlisle’s Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony… plus other MetroWest Boston Parades

Teaching what Memorial Day is to my children is a challenge because Memorial Day to them is the mark that summer has begun:  they get a day off from school &  BBQ season is officially open!  But what I really want my children to realize is that it is a day to remember the men and women who have died in wars or in service of our country.

One way I do this is taking them to the Carlisle Memorial Day Parade/Remembrance Ceremony because it is good for my children to walk to the cemetery and be QUIET (for once) and respectful as we pay tribute to those who have died for us. The parade is a nice mixture of solemnity and community.

Ceremonies are held on Monday and will begin at 9:30 a.m. on the Town Common, where the Carlisle Minutemen will raise the flag to half-staff. Following that, a convocation will be held at 10 a.m. in the Corey Auditorium. The speaker will be Ms. Hannalore Munson of Wildwood Drive, who escaped from East Germany and came to the U.S. as a teenager.

Following the convocation, the parade will form in the school parking lot outside the auditorium, and will march to Green Cemetery and the other town war memorials. The parade will include the Minutemen, the school band, Girl and Boy Scouts, the town’s veterans, and all interested citizens.

After recognition of the town’s veterans at the memorials, the parade will end at the town flagpole on the common, where the Minutemen will raise the flag fully from half-staff.  Following these ceremonies at noontime, the First Religious Society will serve a ham and bean luncheon in Union Hall. All are invited.

Although please learn from my mistakes and before you head to the parade with your stroller … bring snacks,  pack sunscreen and remember that this is a teaching moment for your children (and it is only an hour!). If you forget snacks or drinks, just head to Ferns Country Store in town center before you join the procession.

After all is said and done, I put my WHITE pants on (because it is official) and fire up the grill for some well-deserved hot dogs.  Hope you enjoy the day with your family!

If Carlisle is not local for you, below is a list of other Memorial Day parades in MetroWest Boston:


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