Memorial Day Ceremony, Rye NH

2012 Rye Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade

On Monday, May 28, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. the Town of Rye will conduct a Memorial Day Ceremony at Central Cemetery.  The Ceremony will begin with a parade from the Veterans Monument ending on the green at Central Cemetery.  Participating in the parade will be New Hampshire Police Association Pipes and Drums, the Rye Junior High Band, the Rye Police and Fire Departments, Veterans, Girl and Boy Scouts, horses and vintage fire trucks.

The Guest Speaker is Bruce Valley, Veteran.  Music will be provided by Karrie Burnett and the Rye Junior High Marching Band.  Awards will be presented to the winners of the Poster and Writing Contests from the Rye Elementary and Junior High Schools.  The winning posters will be available for viewing and the winning poems and essays will be read.  Rye Clergy will say the Invocation and the Benediction.  Immediately after the ceremony, refreshments will be provided by the Rye Historical Society.

The Town of Rye has lost Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Merchant Seamen in armed conflicts, including 38 lost in the American Revolution.  The Town also remembers on this occasion those Firemen and Police Officers who were lost in the line of duty.  In view of the ongoing War on Terrorism, all residents are encouraged to attend the Memorial Day Ceremony.

All veterans are invited to march in the parade. You do not have to be a member of a veteran organization to participate.  Those with physical limitations may sit among fellow veterans during the ceremony.

In the event of rain, the Ceremony will be held in the fellowship hall of the Rye Congregational Church, 580 Washington Road in Rye.  For more information, contact Lee Arthur at 964-6281.