The following is a roundup of events and commemorations planned in the area for Memorial Day weekend.
Seabrook veterans organizations, first responders, Gold Star mothers and many others will hold a memorial service Sunday at 9 a.m. at the Smithtown war memorial in front of Trinity United Church. Following the service, the parade steps off from Seabrook Town Hall, heading down Walton Road to Washington and South Main Street to Rand Memorial Church, where the closing ceremony will take place.
Newburyport's Memorial Day commemorations on Monday begin with parade units assembling in the CVS parking lot on Pond Street at 10:15 a.m. All veterans, residents and families will then walk to City Hall at 10:45 a.m. for a ceremony to honor deceased veterans. There will be a memorial march to the waterfront for a ceremony. Afterward, the parade continues up State Street to Veterans Cemetery at the corner of Pond and Auburn streets.
The North End Boat Club, 282 Merrimac St., Newburyport, holds its Memorial Day cookout on Monday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This annual event is open to everyone and intended to thank all men and women who have served and sacrificed for the country. For more information, call the club at 978-465-9752.
Memorial Day observances in Amesbury will begin Monday at Alliance Park at 7:30 a.m. when a wreath will be tossed in the Merrimack River in memory of lost sailors and Marines. From there, brief services will then be held at St. Joseph’s and Union cemeteries. The crowd proceeds to the Doughboy/Justin Park at Amesbury Middle School, and then to the Polish War Memorial on Market Street at 8:30 a.m.
Amesbury's Memorial Day parade will step off Monday morning from the School Street fire station at 10 a.m. and march to Landry Stadium. The parade and ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at Amesbury High School, 5 Highland St., in case of rain. Parade participants are asked to gather in front of the fire station at 9:30 a.m.
The Salisbury Memorial Day parade will gather Monday at the Lafayette Road fire station at 9:30 a.m., with the parade beginning at 10 a.m. The town's recently dedicated Veterans Memorial on the Town Common will be the setting for a memorial ceremony at 10:45 a.m.
Rowley will mark Memorial Day on Monday with its annual parade. Units will line up in the Rowley Veterans Association parking lot, 19 Bradford St., at 1 p.m. with the parade beginning at 1:30. A cookout will be held at the RVA following the parade.
Georgetown's Rene J. Gagnon American Legion Post 211 and Georgetown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7608 will lead town officials and all residents in the observance of Memorial Day on Monday. At 7:30 a.m., the groups will hold cemetery services and at 10 a.m., the commemorative march leaves from Georgetown Middle/High School, 11 Winter St., for a procession to the Public Safety Building, Civil War Memorial and Harry Murch Park.