A weekend of remembrance in Marblehead

Boy Scout Den 6 Pack 11 Leader Francisco Urena and Boy Scout Maxwell Urena search for a veteran's grave to plant a flag next to at Waterside Cemetery on Saturday. (Emma Fringuelli)

MARBLEHEAD— A number of events were held in town this past weekend in observance of Memorial Day, all leading up to the parade that will take place on Monday morning.

On Friday, the Council on Aging, sponsored by the Marblehead Masons, hosted its semi-annual veterans’ breakfast at the Jacobi Community Center. All veterans were invited to breakfast at 9 a.m. for others to have a chance to thank them for their service. The weekend’s events continued Saturday morning with a grave flagging at Waterside Cemetery located on West Shore Drive.Those attending gathered at the nearby bell tower before walking to the cemetery to place American flags on the graves of the town’s veterans. 

On Sunday, a veterans service was held by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) at the Star of the Sea Cemetery on Lafayette Street. The service began at 1 p.m. and was open for members of the public to attend. 

The town’s Memorial Day commemoration will culminate with a Memorial Day parade on Monday. Those participating in the parade will gather at the Old Town House. A service will be held at Clark Landing at 8 a.m., with the main parade beginning at 9 a.m. A second service will be held at Waterside Cemetery, featuring U.S. Navy Gen. Daniel Genis a honorary grand marshal. 

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