Mayor Robert J. Dolan, the Melrose Veterans Service Office, Veterans Advisory Board, and the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School group Operation Respect have placed 1,500 American flags on the City Hall lawn, surrounding the Women Veterans Monument, to honor the 1.5 million women who served in the military starting in the Civil War.
The installation of the flags marks the beginning of the Melrose Memorial Day events. The traditional decoration of the graves in Wyoming Cemetery will take place on Saturday, May 28, at 10 a.m. The traditional tour of Veterans Memorials will take place on Sunday, May 29, beginning at the Women’s Veterans Memorial at 11 a.m.
The Memorial Day Parade will also take place on Sunday, May 29, starting at 1:30 p.m., and will travel from Memorial Hall down Main Street to Sylvan Street, concluding with a closing ceremony at Wyoming Cemetery. This Grand Marshals of this year’s parade are women veterans, and all women veterans are invited to march in the Grand Marshal section of the parade.
“This is the third year that we have used flags as a visual reminder of the sacrifices made by members of our military,” said Mayor Dolan. “The flags will remain on the City Hall lawn throughout the week as a powerful reminder of those who have served so that we can be free. I hope that all Melrosians will participate in the many special events that are scheduled this weekend.”