A day to remember: Memorial Day Parade

May 29, 2023

Children lunged off the curbs of Elm Street grabbing lollipops that were tossed by veterans in convertibles rolling along in the Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 29.

The festivities started on the Padanaram Bridge where the VFW Ladies Auxiliary conducted the ceremonial wreath placement.

Down the street leading to the old police station the honk of two public works trucks would let people know the parade would be passing soon as the anticipation grew.

Throughout the entire route, crowds cheered on police, firefighters, veterans, civic and veterans organizations as they progressed through Padanaram.

As part of the ceremony, officials also made stops at the Elm Street Cemetery and at the old police station for the playing of the national anthem and “Taps’’ and a reading of the names of Dartmouth’s fallen since World War I.

Music was a prominent feature of the parade. The Dartmouth Community Band let their horns be heard playing the national anthem at the different stops along the parade route.

The Dartmouth High and Middle School marching bands lent their talents to the procession, playing patriotic tunes.

The parade ended with words of remembrance for those fallen while serving for America.

“The Honor Fallen took an oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic,” said Veterans Advisory Board Chair Chris Pereira. “We must be a free and worthy people to carry on and honor their legacy.”