Photos by Rosalee Zammuto and Judy Locchi Jacobs

By William Tauro

The new Somerville Veterans Memorial Parade to honor our veterans following cancellation of 2018 Memorial Week Parade took place this past Sunday.

Somerville’s is one of only two parades planned in the region in honor of Veterans Month in November.

The city of Somerville and Director of Veterans Services Bryan Bishop announced the parade as a brand new ceremony to honor our City’s and our nation’s Veterans.

The Veterans Memorial Parade stepped off at noon from the City Hall Concourse, and continued through Davis Square to Teele Square. Somerville’s was one of only two parades in the region in honor of Veterans Month in November (the second is the Veterans Day Parade currently planned in Boston for November 11).

This November 4th parade had 87 units, including Somerville officials, community groups and organizations, the Somerville Police and Fire Departments, local, regional, and national veterans’ organizations and members from each of the armed service branches, and much more.

The parade route continued along Highland Avenue through Davis Square and ended at the intersection of Holland Street and Broadway in Teele Square. A viewing stand will was set up in the heart of Davis Square.

The 2018 Somerville Veterans’ Memorial Parade Grand Marshall was Sean Horgan a Marine Corps Veteran who is proud to call Somerville home and lives with his family in the Davis Square area.

Sean is involved in an organization called Team Rubicon that unites the skills and experiences of military Veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams to areas in need of disaster relief. He is also an active member of the Greater Boston Veteran’s Collaborative which brings together Veteran service provider to streamline outreach processes and create a positive working relationship with those providers to ensure all Veterans receive the benefits and services they deserve.

Sean recently deployed with Veterans from Massachusetts to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. In November 2017, he was named the Somerville Veteran of the year for his many acts of selfless devotion to his fellow Veterans and their families.

The Aleppo Shriners returned for the celebration. Their return was a parade highlight that helped honor the service and sacrifice of so many who have served our country. Their display of more than 20 units is a parade favorite throughout the region that entertains crowds of thousands throughout New England each year as they bring awareness to its great philanthropy, the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

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