BELLINGHAM — For the first time in its history, there will be multiple grand marshals for Bellingham’s 148th Memorial Day parade and ceremony on May 19.

The four grand marshals – representing veterans of four wars involving the United States – are Johnny Hayes (Army), representing veterans of the war in Afghanistan; Robert Hastings (Marine Corps), representing veterans of the Iraq War; Albert Ranaghan (Army), representing veterans of Desert Storm; and Dave Dunbar (Air Force), representing veterans of the Vietnam War.

The keynote speaker for the May 19 ceremony will be Army Brigadier General Vincent Malone, Commanding General of the Natick Soldier System, which tests food and clothing for all of the nation’s troops.

Since the town is celebrating its 300th anniversary this year, the theme for this year’s ceremony is honoring men and women from Bellingham who faithfully served their country for the last 300 years.

The parade will begin at the Memorial Middle School at 1 p.m. and proceed down Route 126 to the center of town. The procession will stop at the World War I Memorial in front of Town Hall for a rifle salute and placement of a wreath, which will be followed with the playing of Taps. The parade route will end at the town common, where the program will begin with an invocation, the National Anthem and the Gettysburg Address.

The parade lineup will include the U.S. Navy Silver Dolphins Drill Team, the U.S. Submarine Base (Groton, CT), the General Henry Knox Color Guard, the U.S. Army Color Guard of Natick, the U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard from Fort Devens, the U.S. Navy Color Guard, the U.S. Coast Guard Color Guard, a Grand Marshal float, the Bellingham High and Memorial Middle School Bands and Douglas High School Band.

Also, Brian Boru Bagpipe Band of Woods Hole, Quaboag Highlanders Bagpipe Band, the Old Colony Pipe Band, the 1812 Constitution Marines, the Blackstone Valley Young Marines, the Massachusetts State Police Mounted Detail, the Crawford family’s floats, and fire departments from Hopedale, Blackstone, Franklin, Medway, Wrentham and Woonsocket.

Other participants include the local clergy, elected town and state officials, including State Secretary of Veterans Affairs Francisco Urena, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the Bellingham Fire Department and antique fire apparatus, antique fire trucks, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary float, Bellingham Boy and Girl Scout troops, Bellingham youth sports teams, Stall Brook and DiPietro Elementary students, a VFW float, a Vietnam-era Huey helicopter towed on a flatbed trailer, the Assabet Valley Marine Corps Jr. ROTC of Marlboro, a variety of military vehicles and a Memorial Day Committee float.

Jim Hastings, chairman of the Memorial and Veterans Day Committee, urges any veteran who would like to march to contact him or just arrive at the Middle School. Anyone who knows of a Bellingham resident who enlisted in the military since last year is asked to contact Hastings immediately at (508) 966-0364 so names can be added to the War Memorial to recognize their service.

The ceremony will continue with music provided by the Senior Center Chorus, the Bellingham High School chorus and soloist Joseph and Robert Oliver, a senior at Bellingham High. Hastings will then thank the Memorial Day Committee and military and civic groups for their participation before comments from the grand marshal.

Closing ceremonies will include the reading of the names of Bellingham residents who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country during the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam. The names will be read by members of the Bellingham High School Band. In addition, the names of Bellingham veterans who died since last Memorial Day will also be read.

“Amazing Grace’’ will be played by the Brian Boru Bagpipe Band, the Quaboag Highlanders Bagpipe Band and the Old Colony Highlanders Pipe Band, followed by a rifle volley, the playing of “Taps’’ by the Bellingham High Band and a closing prayer.

“Memorial Day is a time to pause and honor the memory of our servicemen and women for protecting us,’’ said Hastings, chairman of the Memorial and Veterans Day Committee for the last 11 years. “If it weren’t for those who made the ultimate sacrifice, we’d be living in a different type of United States. They’re the ones who’ve enabled us to enjoy the freedoms we have today.’’

Besides Hastings, the Memorial Day Committee includes Marilyn Fuller, Sam Cowell, Paula Saliba, Kirk Crawford, Melinda Crawford, Chris Foley and Tim Ernest.

Hastings is also reminding the public that The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., is coming to Bellingham this summer.

The town is anticipating hundreds of visitors to The Wall daily while it is on display Aug. 22-25 at the Bellingham High School baseball field on Blackstone Street. The Wall will be open 24 hours a day and is free to the public.

The Bellingham stop is one of two in Massachusetts on the tour schedule this year and one of only three stops in New England. The Bellingham Memorial and Veterans Day Committee is hosting the Bellingham visit.

In addition to The Wall That Heals, there will be a mobile education center and information tent. Information cases in the education center display photos of service members whose names are found on The Wall, along with letters and memorabilia left at memorial in Washington. The center also includes a map of Vietnam and a chronological overview of the conflict in Vietnam. The exhibits in the center tell the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall, the era surrounding the conflict, and are designed to put American experiences in Vietnam in a historical and cultural context.

“The Wall That Heals honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces in the Vietnam War and it bears the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam,” Hastings said.

Follow Joseph Fitzgerald on Twitter @jofitz7By JOSEPH FITZGERALD

jfitzgerald@woonsocketcall.com

BELLINGHAM — For the first time in its history, there will be multiple grand marshals for Bellingham’s 148th Memorial Day parade and ceremony on May 19.

The four grand marshals – representing veterans of four wars involving the United States – are Johnny Hayes (Army), representing veterans of the war in Afghanistan; Robert Hastings (Marine Corps), representing veterans of the Iraq War; Albert Ranaghan (Army), representing veterans of Desert Storm; and Dave Dunbar (Air Force), representing veterans of the Vietnam War.

The keynote speaker for the May 19 ceremony will be Army Brigadier General Vincent Malone, Commanding General of the Natick Soldier System, which tests food and clothing for all of the nation’s troops.

Since the town is celebrating its 300th anniversary this year, the theme for this year’s ceremony is honoring men and women from Bellingham who faithfully served their country for the last 300 years.

The parade will begin at the Memorial Middle School at 1 p.m. and proceed down Route 126 to the center of town. The procession will stop at the World War I Memorial in front of Town Hall for a rifle salute and placement of a wreath, which will be followed with the playing of Taps. The parade route will end at the town common, where the program will begin with an invocation, the National Anthem and the Gettysburg Address.

The parade lineup will include the U.S. Navy Silver Dolphins Drill Team, the U.S. Submarine Base (Groton, CT), the General Henry Knox Color Guard, the U.S. Army Color Guard of Natick, the U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard from Fort Devens, the U.S. Navy Color Guard, the U.S. Coast Guard Color Guard, a Grand Marshal float, the Bellingham High and Memorial Middle School Bands and Douglas High School Band.

Also, Brian Boru Bagpipe Band of Woods Hole, Quaboag Highlanders Bagpipe Band, the Old Colony Pipe Band, the 1812 Constitution Marines, the Blackstone Valley Young Marines, the Massachusetts State Police Mounted Detail, the Crawford family’s floats, and fire departments from Hopedale, Blackstone, Franklin, Medway, Wrentham and Woonsocket.

Other participants include the local clergy, elected town and state officials, including State Secretary of Veterans Affairs Francisco Urena, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the Bellingham Fire Department and antique fire apparatus, antique fire trucks, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary float, Bellingham Boy and Girl Scout troops, Bellingham youth sports teams, Stall Brook and DiPietro Elementary students, a VFW float, a Vietnam-era Huey helicopter towed on a flatbed trailer, the Assabet Valley Marine Corps Jr. ROTC of Marlboro, a variety of military vehicles and a Memorial Day Committee float.

Jim Hastings, chairman of the Memorial and Veterans Day Committee, urges any veteran who would like to march to contact him or just arrive at the Middle School. Anyone who knows of a Bellingham resident who enlisted in the military since last year is asked to contact Hastings immediately at (508) 966-0364 so names can be added to the War Memorial to recognize their service.

The ceremony will continue with music provided by the Senior Center Chorus, the Bellingham High School chorus and soloist Joseph and Robert Oliver, a senior at Bellingham High. Hastings will then thank the Memorial Day Committee and military and civic groups for their participation before comments from the grand marshal.

Closing ceremonies will include the reading of the names of Bellingham residents who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country during the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam. The names will be read by members of the Bellingham High School Band. In addition, the names of Bellingham veterans who died since last Memorial Day will also be read.

“Amazing Grace’’ will be played by the Brian Boru Bagpipe Band, the Quaboag Highlanders Bagpipe Band and the Old Colony Highlanders Pipe Band, followed by a rifle volley, the playing of “Taps’’ by the Bellingham High Band and a closing prayer.

“Memorial Day is a time to pause and honor the memory of our servicemen and women for protecting us,’’ said Hastings, chairman of the Memorial and Veterans Day Committee for the last 11 years. “If it weren’t for those who made the ultimate sacrifice, we’d be living in a different type of United States. They’re the ones who’ve enabled us to enjoy the freedoms we have today.’’

Besides Hastings, the Memorial Day Committee includes Marilyn Fuller, Sam Cowell, Paula Saliba, Kirk Crawford, Melinda Crawford, Chris Foley and Tim Ernest.

Hastings is also reminding the public that The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., is coming to Bellingham this summer.

The town is anticipating hundreds of visitors to The Wall daily while it is on display Aug. 22-25 at the Bellingham High School baseball field on Blackstone Street. The Wall will be open 24 hours a day and is free to the public.

The Bellingham stop is one of two in Massachusetts on the tour schedule this year and one of only three stops in New England. The Bellingham Memorial and Veterans Day Committee is hosting the Bellingham visit.

In addition to The Wall That Heals, there will be a mobile education center and information tent. Information cases in the education center display photos of service members whose names are found on The Wall, along with letters and memorabilia left at memorial in Washington. The center also includes a map of Vietnam and a chronological overview of the conflict in Vietnam. The exhibits in the center tell the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall, the era surrounding the conflict, and are designed to put American experiences in Vietnam in a historical and cultural context.

“The Wall That Heals honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces in the Vietnam War and it bears the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam,” Hastings said.

Follow Joseph Fitzgerald on Twitter @jofitz7

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