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Danvers Memorial Day Parade and Town Hall Ceremony 2020

The Memorial Day Parade and Town Hall Ceremony for this year, 2020, will be observed in a alternative manner this year due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Town of Danvers Veterans Department and Danvers Veterans Council have come up with a creative way to ensure that the sacrifice is honored as fully and appropriately as possible.


This year a virtual Memorial Day Ceremony will be broadcast on DCAT (Danvers Community Access Television) on Monday, May 25th, at 10 a.m.  This prerecorded video will also air at Channel 99 (Comcast), Channel 36 (Verizon), as well as DCAT's YouTube Channel, and Facebook Page. The ceremony will be shown a second time at 6 p.m. that same day. 

Rolling Caravan:

Earlier in the day, we are holding a  Rolling Caravan sponsored by the Danvers Police Department. There will be police cruisers, fire vehicles, army vehicles with a howitzer, and Chris Culkeen playing patriotic music. The parade will begin at 9 a.m. and should end in time to get home to see the ceremony.

Flags at Veterans Graves:

As in past years, flags will be placed at the graves of the fallen on Wednesday afternoon prior to the Memorial Day. Flags will be available to those who are interested in helping to place them.  Meet at Walnut Grove Cemetery at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.

Other details:

    • A list of Danvers veterans who have passed since last May will be made available
    • Magnolia wreaths with flags will be placed at many street/square locations throughout Danvers 
    • On the evening of Sunday, May 24, Danvers will join other cities and towns in honoring Gold Star Families, by lighting up the front of Town Hall.  #MemorialDay2020 #GoldStarFamilies

Press Releases, Virtual Ceremony, and Message from Representative Moulton



Placing Flags at Veterans’ Gravesites – Walnut Grove Cemetery 

The public is invited to participate in honoring all veterans resting in peace at Walnut Grove Cemetery by placing flags at veteran gravesites.  On Wednesday & Thursday, May 24 & 25, 2017, from 4PM to 7PM, the Danvers Veterans Services Officer will be distributing flags at the Sylvan Street entrance to the cemetery (across from the library) to those who would like to assist.   All are welcome to help with this important civic duty.

Veterans Memorial Sunday -  May 28, 2017

The Sunday before Memorial Day is observed as Veterans Memorial Sunday.  This year the Annual Veterans Memorial Sunday Observance will be held Sunday, May 28th, at the 9:30 am services of Holy Trinity United Methodist Church, 16 Sylvan Street, Danvers.  Each year veterans visit a different church to attend its service.   It is a sign of reverence for all veterans and memorializes this country’s freedom of religion guaranteed by the Constitution.  All veterans are invited and encouraged to attend.  For additional information, contact Dick Moody at 978-836-2395.

Memorial Day Events - May 29, 2017

The Annual Danvers Memorial Day parade will take place this year on Monday, May 29, beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Donald M. Gould, will be this year’s Grand Marshal.  Due to his sudden passing, his children Charles Gould and Susan McGrath will be riding in his memory. The Danvers Veterans Council is honored to designate him as Grand Marshal posthumously.  He was chosen because of his extensive service to Operation Troop Support and his unwavering patriotism.

All Danvers veterans are invited to march in the parade in their civilian capacity.  For those unable to march, a trolley will be available at Town Hall and is handicapped accessible.

The parade will start from the Town Hall at 9:00 a.m. sharp on Monday, May 29, and will follow the traditional route of previous years.  Stops and placement of wreaths will be at the Porter Cemetery on High Street, Lane Parkway and the Memorial Flag Pole in Danvers Square.  A reviewing stand will be at the corner of Elm and Essex Streets.

The Memorial Day Exercise at Town Hall will commence at approximately 10:00 a.m. up

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