Massachusetts legal holidays
Town Celebrations Committee
Contact Information: Celebrations Committee recorded phone line 781-862-0500 x708
The Town Celebrations Committee plans and carries out observances of holidays and special events including:
- Patriots' Day (normally celebrated on the third Monday in April): April 15, 2013.
- Memorial Day: May 27, 2013 - wreath laying, parade, and Battle Green ceremonies. (see details below)
- Veterans Day: Monday, November 11, 2013 - 10:00 parade with wreath laying at various memorials, followed at 11:00 by ceremonies in Cary Hall expected to last 45 minutes.
We are excited to announce that our Chief Marshal for the Parade and Speaker at the Ceremonies will be US Army Col Robert F. McLaughlin, a native of Lexington. He received his commission as a Second Lieutenant from the ROTC program at the University of Massachusetts in 1985. In addition to extensive military education courses, Col. McLaughlin has an MA in Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Master's Degree in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College.
His deployments have included Operation Joint Forge, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served as Garrison Commander of Fort Carson, Colorado; Chief of Staff, US FORCES-Afghanistan. He is currently Chief of Staff for the Directorate of Morale, Welfare and Recreation as part of the Army’s Installation Management Command at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.
Memorial Day Events Monday, May 27, 2013
During this 300th anniversary year of Lexington's incorporation, many special events were held.
Before the parade:
||Wreath Laying and brief ceremony at Lexington Fire Department Memorial, 45 Bedford Street
||Wreath Laying and brief ceremony in Westview Cemetery, 520 Bedford Street
Parade: (times are approximate and subject to change)*
||Memorial Day Parade steps off from the Hosmer House, 1557 Massachusetts Avenue traveling East along Massachusetts Avenue to Munroe Cemetery
||Stop at Munroe Cemetery to lay wreaths recognizing five Civil War Veterans, who until this year were in unmarked graves, and Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Thomas Cosgrove. Also reading of General Logan's Orders of the Day and Gettysburg Address. For 2013 there will also be an additional 5 wreaths placed recognizing 5 Civil War Veterans that had been in unmarked graves until this year. After ceremonies in Munroe Cemetery the parade will travel West on Massachusetts Avenue
||Wreath Laying at Lexington Police Department Memorial, 1575 Massachusetts Avenue
||Wreath Laying at Korean War/Vietnam Memorial in front of Cary Hall 1605 Massachusetts Avenue
||Wreath Laying at WWII Monument next to Visitor's Center
||Wreath Laying at Old Soldiers Monument next to Buckman Tavern
||Wreath laying at the Grave of Captain John Parker in the Olde Burying Ground
Chief Marshal for the Parade Sue Rockwell, Chairman of the Lexington 300th Anniversary Celebration Committee, will be assisted by F. David Wells, Jr, Jessie Steigerwald and Faith Fenske.
Ceremonies on the Battle Green:
||Ceremonies include raising of the American Flag, National Anthem and placement of wreath at monument honoring the 8 Lexington Minutemen killed in the Battle of Lexington
This year a contingent from our sister city, Antony France will participate in the Parade and Ceremonies.
*In case of inclement weather the parade will be canceled and the Ceremonies moved indoors to Cary Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Avenue at 10:00 am. Call 781-862-0500 x708 after Noon on Sunday, May 26.