Old Town’s first Memorial Day parade in more than 50 years will be held this Monday, May 26.

The event was organized by Dignity Memorial and Birmingham Funeral Home. In a letter sent out this spring announcing the event, Timothy Caliandro of Birmingham Funeral Home said the event would be a means of celebrating veterans and their families with respect, integrity and dignity.

“Support from the community has been overwhelming,” said Caliandro this week. “We have local veterans’ groups, emergency personnel, local ROTC and other who have indicated they will be on hand.

The parade will start at 10 a.m. at Old Town High School and proceed down Stillwater Avenue before turning right onto Main Street. The parade will end at Birmingham Funeral Home, where there will be a pinning ceremony for veterans, after which there will be food and refreshments for veterans and others who take part in the parade, as well as the volunteers who make it possible. Those marching in the parde are asked to be at OTHS at 9 a.m. to start lining up.

Contributions still are being sought to help pay costs associated with the event; to help out, or for more information, call Caliandro at 827-6369 or email Timothy.Caliandro@dignitymemorial.com.

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