Hunt and Holaday placed wreaths at the base of the cemetery’s flagpole and the Newburyport High School band performed “Amazing Grace” and a haunting rendition of Taps.
Among those in the crowd were City Councilors Thomas Jones, Robert Cronin, Kathleen O’Connor Ives and Thomas O’Brien.
Yesterday marked O’Connor Ives’ last parade as a city councilor, as she soon will be sworn in as the First Essex District’s newest senator. City councilors are expected to name a successor to O’Connor Ives shortly.
Asked if she felt any sadness knowing yesterday was her last parade as a city councilor, Ives said it was hard to be sad knowing she’d be back soon marching in city parades, only with a different job title.
“It will just be in a different capacity. These are all my good friends,” she said, pointing to her fellow city councilors.