Memorial Day Observances & Parade
The Stafford Memorial Day Services & Parade are a time to honor the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. Beginning with dedications at our five local cemeteries, the day progresses to the Memorial Day Parade that salutes our armed forces, and concludes with a memorial service at the American Legion Post 26.
For over a century the Stafford community has paid tribute to deceased Veterans at each of the town's five major cemeteries. A tradition made possible by members of the American Legion Post 26 and VFW Post 990, the public is invited to these graveside observances to honor local veterans who have given their lives for our country.
The following are the Veterans we will honor on Memorial Day, May 29, 2023, rain or shine.
7:00 a.m. - Stafford Springs Cemetery - Steve Marvonek, SSGT, USMC, Korea,
8:00 a.m. - West Stafford Cemetery –Hugh J. McQuaid, Sr., CPL, US Army Air Corps, WW2
8:30 a.m. - Hillside Cemetery –Joseph Locke, Co E, 20th Mass Vol Inf, Civil War
9:00 a.m. - Staffordville Cemetery – Paul M. DaDalt, SGT, USAF, Vietnam.
11:00 a.m. – Ceremony at the Wall of Honor, Olympic Avenue
Memorial Day Parade
Following the morning cemetery observance, the Stafford Memorial Day Parade will step off at 11:00 a.m. sharp from Furnace Avenue, proceeds west on Main Street, pauses at the Wall of Honor for a brief ceremony, and concludes at the American Legion Post 26 with a Ceremony immediately following (10 Monson Road). After the Memorial Day Program, the American Legion Post 26 welcomes everyone to stay for free hot dogs and refreshments. Additionally, Veteran Service Officers will be offering information and assistance on benefits and other VA programs.
The procession features veterans and dignitaries, antique cars, marching bands, color guards, schools, scouts, sports teams, and more! If you'd like to join the procession, please register here All are welcome to participate and help salute those who have served our country.
- For the safety of our parade marchers and attendees, starting at 10:00 am, Furnace Avenue will be closed from the corner of Main/East Main Street to Silver Street.
- A Main Street parking ban will be in effect from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
- Expect delays and follow detours for the parade duration.