Traditional Memorial Day Services in Brattleboro will be held on Monday, May 26, beginning at the American Legion, 32 Linden St., at 8 a.m. A bus will leave at 9 a.m. to hold services at the Kyle Gilbert Memorial Bridge on lower Main Street, Prospect Hill Cemetery on South Main Street, St. Michael's Cemetery off Oak Grove Avenue, the Vermont Veterans Memorial Bridge on Putney Road and at the Veterans' section of Locust Ridge Cemetery on Black Mountain Road.
Services will follow on the Brattleboro Common on Park Place at approximately 11 a.m. Richard Guthrie, Past Commander of American Legion Post No. 5, will emcee the program.
Participating in the ceremonies will be American Legion Post No. 5 and Carl N. Dessaint Post 1034 Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Auxiliaries; Marine Corp League Detachment No. 798; and the Post 5 American Legion Band. Guest speaker will be Dr. Robert Tortolani, a local physician and a military service veteran.
A free lunch will be offered at the American Legion following the services for all those participating in the events.
Dummerston's formal Traditional Memorial Day Program will be held at the Evening Star Grange Hall in Dummerston Center on Friday, May 30, beginning with the American Legion Band's mini concert at 6:30 p.m. This will be followed by the program at 7 p.m. Richard Hamilton of Marlboro and Ruth Barton of Dummerston will be give special readings and the band will do a special patriotic presentation honoring all who have served our country in the various branches of the military.
Children are welcome to this program, which should last about an hour. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome to attend and honor those who fought and died so that we may live free.
The Guilford Memorial Day observations will take place at the Christ Church Cemetery on Monday, May 26, at 5:30 p.m. For more information, 802-254-4839.
Hinsdale Memorial Day services will be observed on Monday, May 26. Members of the VFW and any other veterans who would like to participate should meet at the post house on Main Street at 7:30 a.m. The group will then proceed by motorcade for services to cemeteries at St. Joseph's, North Hinsdale, Hooker and Pine Grove.
Anyone wishing to march in the parade should meet at the Pine Grove Cemetery at 10 a.m. The parade will go to Depot Street Bridge for a brief ceremony, then to Jackwood Park. The parade will continue down Main Street for a prayer and flag raising at the VFW, where it will end.
Any organization or club is welcome to participate. Some participants included the VFW and auxiliary, the Hinsdale Fire Department, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Brownies, Pee Wee and Little League, and members of the Men's Auxiliary and Hinsdale Town Band. Refreshments will be served to all who participate.
For more information, call Karen at 603-336-7461 or Alice at 603-336-5678.
The Vernon Historians will host the annual Vernon Memorial Day Services at the Pond Road Chapel on Monday, May 26, at 3:30 p.m.
The guest speaker will be Michael Hebert, Vermont State Representative and veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Anyone needing a ride or more information should contact Cookie Allen at 802-257-1275.