Marion’s Memorial Day Remembrances and Procession

The 2022 Memorial Day Remembrances and Procession will take place on Monday, May 30 starting at 9:00 am in front of the Music Hall at 164 Front St, Marion. In the event of rain, the event will be relocated to the Multipurpose Room of Sippican Elementary School. 

            The 2022 procession and remembrances will follow same route as in past years, stepping off from the Music Hall northbound on Front Street, marching 0.6 miles up Front Street to the Veterans’ Memorial at Old Landing. Upon arrival at the Veterans’ Memorial, the town will pay tribute to our military’s “honored dead” who “gave the last full measure of devotion.”

            The procession and remembrances will feature the Sippican School Marching Band led by director Hannah Moore as well as The Portuguese American Band. Our Guest Speaker is Jack McLean, author of Loon: A Maine Story and United States Marine Corps Veteran. The ceremony will conclude with members of the Select Board laying a wreath at the Veterans’ Memorial.  The master of ceremonies for the event will be Major Andrew Bonney of the Massachusetts Air NUS Air Force National Guard. 

            The featured speaker is Jack McLean, author of Loon: A Marine Story (Random House, 2009,) a National Best-Selling memoir about his service in the United States Marine Corps from 1966 to 1968. He served as an infantry corporal in Vietnam in 1967-1968. In the fall of 1968, he became the first Vietnam War combat veteran to matriculate at Harvard University. His thirty-year marketing career began with the New York Mets. After subsequent stops in Boston, Portland, Charlotte and Washington, DC, he became the Founding Managing Partner of the Greater Washington Initiative. Jack has recently completed his second book, Three Survivors: A Veteran Story.

            Raised in Summit, NJ, Jack is married, has three daughters, seven grandchildren, and one dog. He currently resides in Huntington, NY.

            We encourage Residents are encouraged to join us for the remembrances as well as stand along the procession parade route on Front Street between Cottage Street and Ryder Lane.

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