Wayland to Honor Our Fallen Heroes with 2024 Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony of Remembrance.

This year, Wayland resident Matthew Karpacz, Chair of Troop 1 Wayland, will serve as Grand Marshal of the Memorial Day Parade – to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Wayland’s Troop 1 – followed by Wayland’s Ceremony of Remembrance at Wayland’s Lakeview Cemetery.

The Wayland Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony of Remembrance – hosted by the Wayland Public Ceremonies Committee – will be held on Monday, May 27, 2024. The parade will step off from the Wayland Middle School at 11:00 a.m. and proceed along Main Street (Route 27 South) to Commonwealth Road (Route 30 West) and end at Wayland’s Lakeview Cemetery in Cochituate. This year’s parade Grand Marshal will be Wayland resident Matthew Karpacz, Chair of Troop 1 Wayland Scouts of America. Troop 1 will have a special float in the parade to commemorate their 100th anniversary.

Wayland’s Ceremony of Remembrance will follow at the conclusion of the parade in Lakeview Cemetery (80 Commonwealth Road – Route 30 – Wayland, MA) at approximately 11:30am. The ceremony will honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation.

This year’s ceremony will feature a number of speakers, including a reading of the Gettysburg Address by Wayland High School junior, Alexander Irwin. The Keynote Address will be given by Lieutenant Colonel Andrew R. Ballow, Commander, US Army Garrison Natick, Natick Soldier Systems Center.

The patriotic music program will be performed by the Wayland High School and Wayland Middle School bands. The Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance will conclude with the playing of Echo Taps, a Rifle Salute by the American Legion Post #133 Firing Detail, and Benediction given by Reverend Rebecca Cho, Community United Methodist Church.

In the event of rain, the parade will be canceled and the Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance will be held indoors, at 11:00am in the Wayland Middle School Gymnasium. We welcome all who can attend. We also invite those unable to attend in person to view the live recording of the Ceremony of Remembrance on WayCAM.

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