Somerville Plans New “Memorial Week” Celebrations for Week Leading up to Memorial Day

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Parade CHANGED for 2017 to Weekend BEFORE Memorial Day


NEW Concert and Fireworks Event on Memorial Day


SOMERVILLE – In honor of Somerville’s veterans and all those who have served our nation, the City of Somerville announces a full week of Memorial/Armed Forces Week celebrations, beginning on Saturday, May 20, 2017. The 2017 ceremonies also coincide with the City’s 175th Anniversary of its separation from Charlestown, and the annual Veterans’ Memorial Parade will also honor and celebrate Somerville’s history, dating back to the Revolutionary War era.


In addition to the week-long series of events, please take special note that the annual parade will take place the weekend BEFORE Memorial Day Weekend. The parade will be held on Sunday, May 21, beginning at 1 p.m. Please see below for additional details and a schedule of events.



Heroes Salute, Saturday, May 20, 11 a.m., Somerville High School Auditiorium


The 2017 Heroes Salute will honor eight Somerville residents who have served our country and contributed to the overall fabric of our community. The 2017 honorees are:


– Ernest Bosia (Killed in Action, WWII) – Hero Square Dedication

– Daniel Duffy (Killed in Action, Vietnam) – Hero Square Dedication

– James Marques (Purple Heart Recipient, Korea) – Hero Square Dedication

– Hugh McQuade (Purple Heart Recipient, WWI) – Hero Square Dedication


This year, the creation of a “Greatest Generation Hall of Fame” will honor Veterans for WWII service and their commitment to the City of Somerville by returning after military service. 2017 inductees are:


– Lawrence Bolt

– William Duffy

– Alfred Soccorsso


Finally, the 2017 Salute will honor Mayor Emeritus Eugene C. Brune, with a “Profile in Courage” Lifetime Achievement Award.



Veterans’ Memorial Parade, Sunday, May 21, 1 p.m., steps off from City Hall Concourse


The 2017 parade is one week earlier to encourage more community involvement as we honor our military and Veterans in a celebration of service. With 84 participating groups that bring music, exhibitions and representatives of our five branches of the armed forces, youth engagement, Somerville Schools, Veterans groups, and historical groups that tie in the historical significance of our City and celebrate its cultural diversity, the 2017 parade will be one of the largest in recent memory, and in the region. Pay special attention to a brand new viewing stand, and surprise elements, in Davis Square!



– The 2017 parade will be held ONE WEEK EARLIER than in previous years. Please note the date change.

– The 2017 parade route will end at the fire station in Teele Square, and will NOT continue to the Veterans Memorial Cemetery.


The 2017 Parade Grand Marshalls are two women veterans: Vietnam-era Veteran Hazel Evans, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran Theresa “Phe” Needham.


Street closures will apply beginning at 9 a.m. Please visit for additional information.



NEW! Somerville Honor and Remembrance Ceremony, Thursday, May 25, 6 p.m., Veterans Memorial Cemetery (Broadway, across from Clarendon Hill Towers)


This event will be a candlelight vigil reflecting the true meaning of Memorial Day. Please don’t miss this opportunity to come together to continue our week of remembrance here in the City of Somerville.



NEW! Memorial on the Mystic: Concert and Fireworks Tribute, Baxter Park, Assembly Row, 7:30 p.m.


This performance capstones Memorial Week with a musical performance that illustrates the true meaning of Memorial Day, and provides a message of hope for our country as we honor those brave men and women who paid the ultimate price for freedom. The evening ceremony will combine the talents of the Metropolitan Wind Symphony, vocal ensemble N ’Harmony, and special performances by the Somerville All-City Chorus and the Somerville High School Chorus.


The highlight of the evening will be a stunning fireworks display over the Mystic River honoring the service and sacrifice of all who serve and have served our Nation. Special thanks to our event sponsors Federal Realty Investment Trust, and Wynn Resorts/Wynn Boston Harbor.



For more information on any or all events, contact Veterans’ Services at 617-625-6600 ext. 4700, or email Bryan Bishop at



Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact Nancy Bacci, at 617-625-6600 x2250 or

3 thoughts on “Somerville Plans New “Memorial Week” Celebrations for Week Leading up to Memorial Day”

  1. Disrespectful! We will be boycotting this year! My dad who has marched Every year , even when he got a hip replacement marched! It’s a disgrace and the mayor needs to stop trying to pull these stunts. The last straw for us was to not stop it at the cemetery. It’s supposed to be a Memorial parade!

  2. Memorial Day is not a day for celebration! it is a solemn day of remembrance and gratitude to our fallen military. Their loss should not be used as a reason to “celebrate”. they should be honored with respect. I am appalled that the citizens are ok with this. it is just a way for them to make money, at the expense of our fallen. Pick another holiday to ruin!

  3. This is VERY SAD!!! Are you HONORING or CELEBRATING the losses???? My father (WW2) and my mother ( President of the Ladies VFW) marched in those parades many years ago.
    WHY change the date??
    I am now so ashamed of the city I was born in. 🙁

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