Parade steps off from City Hall Concourse at 1 p.m..; Morning ceremonies planned

SOMERVILLE – Somerville’s annual Memorial Day Parade, the largest in the Boston metro region, and corresponding ceremonies are set for Sunday, May 25.

Morning events, sponsored by American Legion Post #19 in conjunction with the Somerville Allied Veterans’ Council, will begin at 8 a.m. at American Legion Post #19, 124 Highland Ave., with a short procession down Highland Avenue to the Central Library and the placing of wreaths on monuments along Central Hill Park. The parade will step off from the City Hall/Somerville High School concourse at 1 p.m., and will proceed for 2.3 miles down Highland Avenue to the Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Teele Square. The parade will conclude in Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery with a ceremony of remembrance for fallen Somerville veterans under the supervision of the Somerville Allied Veterans Council. All events will be held rain or shine.

The parade will include 15 performing groups, including new bands and performers such as: The Dirty Water Brass Band; the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble; the Worcester Brass Band and the Worcester Brass Band Drum Line. As always, the parade will include a wide range of community and school groups, the popular specialty units of the Aleppo Shriners, and representatives of local veterans’, fire, and police units from surrounding cities and towns.

The 2014 Grand Marshal is Colonel Mark Cremin, a recently-retired veteran with an extraordinary 32-year military career, including two combat-zone deployments. Colonel Cremin, born and raised in Somerville, served three terms as Somerville’s Ward Six Alderman before joining the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant with the Judge Advocate General’s Corps and ultimately earning a Master of Laws degree in Military Law as well as a Master of Science in National Security Studies. Colonel Cremin has served in numerous capacities as legal counsel with the U.S. Army, including but not limited to: Senior Trial Counsel with the 3rd Infantry Division in Wurzburg, Germany; Senior Defense Counsel with the U.S. Army Trial Defense Service in Vicenza, Italy; Chief of Military Justice with the 1st Armored Division in Ansbach, Germany; Operational Law Officer and Deputy Chief of the International and Operational Law Division, Office of The Judge Advocate General; Chief, Defense Appellate Division, U.S. Army Legal Services Agency; Chief of the U.S. Army Trial Defense Service; and Chief of the Judge Advocate General’s Professional Responsibility Branch.

Colonel Cremin has deployed twice to combat zones, serving as Tactical Operations Officer and Legal Advisor to the 1st Armored Division in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and as Staff Judge Advocate for Multi-National Corps – Iraq, Baghdad. He has received numerous awards and decorations, and wears the Parachutist and Army Staff Identification Badges, and the 1st Armored Division and III Corps combat badges. Colonel Cremin has been married for more than 30 years to the former Loretta Rizzo. They have four children: Danielle Stinson; Captain Kevin Cremin, U.S. Army; David Cremin; and Thomas Cremin. They also have two grandchildren, Uriah and Isaac Stinson.

To accommodate the parade, the following streets will have parking restrictions from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and street closures beginning at approximately 9:30 a.m.

• Highland Ave. (Walnut St. to School St.)
• Prescott St. (Summer St. to Highland Ave.)
• Putnam St. (Summer St. to Highland Ave.)
• Vinal Ave. (Summer St. to Highland Ave.)
• School St. (Medford St. to Highland Ave.)
• Walnut St. (Medford St. to Highland Ave.)
• College Ave. (Morrison Ave. to Davis Sq.)
• North St. (Powderhouse Blvd. to Broadway)
• Alewife Brook Parkway (to Dilboy)

Beginning at 11:00 a.m., there will also be no parking on either side of the following streets (and in front of the Somerville Veterans Cemetery from North St. to Route 16). These restrictions will be lifted immediately following the parade:

• Highland Ave. (Walnut St. to Davis Sq.)
• Holland St. (Davis Sq. to Teele Sq.)
• Broadway (Holland St. to Route 16)
• Dilboy Field
• Little Sisters of the Poor – 186 Highland Ave.

Please note that the Number 88 MBTA bus route to and from Clarendon Hill will not be running from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Veterans’ Services is currently seeking volunteers to assist with parade duties. If you are interested in volunteering on May 25, or if you would like more information, please contact Veterans’ Services at 617-625-6600 ext. 4700.

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