In Rockport, the Memorial Day parade will start at 10 a.m. from Legion Hall, proceed down Beach Street to Main Street and then to School Street, Pleasant Street and into Beech Grove Cemetery.
Memorial services will be held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars lot in the cemetery. Commander Brian Sullivan will lead the ceremonies.
Grand Marshal will be Ernest Parsons, a native of Rockport and a member of high school class of 1941 who served in the Navy from 1942-1945.
He was a motor machinist first class on the USS Cooner, which escorted merchant ships and allied convoys in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. After his discharge he worked at the United Shoe Machine Co. for 39 years.
Guest speaker will be Daniel Tusinski, a resident of Rockport since 1978 and, for the past 30 years, the director of Deployed Forces Support for the Northeast Navy region. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during the 1970s, and was awarded the Coast Guard Achievement Medal along with the National Defense and Good Conduct medals.
After the ceremony, the parade will re-form and proceed down Pleasant Street to Mount Pleasant Street and Harvey Park, where there will be a ceremonial laying of a wreath.
Participants will then proceed to the waterfront, where a ceremony will take place to honor those lost at sea.
The parade will return to Legion Hall via Main Street and Beach Street.
Refreshments will be served to children who participated in the parade at Spiran Hall, while adults will gather at the Legion Hall.
All participants except the flower girls and flag boys are urged to be at the Legion Hall at 9:30 a.m. Youngsters planning to march will meet on the corner of Broadway and School Street at 9:45 a.m. Organizers invite all veterans to march in the parade.