While the weather forecast is calling for a bit of rain just after noon, the prospects of Monday showers will not stop this year’s Belmont Memorial Day Parade.
After the annual event was postponed last year until June due to expected heavy rain (which did not show up) and the subsequent observance was sparsely attended, the Board of Selectmen decided future parades would go on as scheduled despite any calls for showers.
This year, the annual parade from Cushing Square to Belmont Cemetary on Grove Street The parade steps off at 11 a.m. will begin in front of Starbucks near the corner of Common Street and Trapelo Road.
Marching bands from Belmont High and Chenery Middle school, color guards and members from the Belmont Police and Fire departments, veteran motorcyclist, marchers from local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts troops and veterans will all take part
All veterans and current military personnel are invited and welcome to join the other vets at the head of the parade.
Lining the route – down Trapelo Road before making a left onto Grove Street and continuing to the Belmont Cemetery – will be families and residents cheering the marchers.
At the cemetery, a wreath laying ceremony will take place, speeches will be read, flowers laid at the graves of veterans, the names of Belmont citizens who died for this country will be honored, “Taps” played and a final salute will be given.