The federal Holiday, observed on the fourth Monday in May, is a chance for the American people to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice and died while serving in the armed forces.
A host of ceremonies and parades are scheduled as Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire communities prepare to honor the fallen.
All events take place Monday, May 28 unless otherwise noted.
From services to parades, listed below are events happening in Kent and Ottawa counties for the holiday.
St. Paul: 9:30 a.m. Monday at Chesed Shel Emes Cemetery, 1600 Christie Place.
May 28: North Providence 11th Annual Memorial Day Parade and Celebration begins 1pm, starting at North Providence High School and ending at Governor John A. Notte, Jr.
With this being the 150th anniversary of Beech Creek, the Memorial Day parade is expected to be a little larger this year.
The parade will kick off at 10:30 a.m.in front of 64 Kenoza Ave. The parade is held rain and shine and is free to the public.
Participants will assemble at 10 a.m. The parade will travel down Main Street. The ceremony at O'Fallon cemetery includes comments by O'Fallon Mayor Herb Roach.
The annual Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday has been moved to the American Legion Post 16,4701 NW 6th St., Gainesville.
Monday, 10 a.m. - Spirit of Iowa Tribute Bell on display at American Legion Post 298, 625 31st St. Afterward, the parade will return to the American Legion post. Master of Ceremonies Deon Ford, commander of Arcade-Phalen American Legion Post 577 in St. Paul.
Stillwater area: 15-minute ceremony with a rifle salute and the playing of Taps by the honor guard and auxiliary from Greeder-Hinds-Comfort Post 323 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Stillwater, at 7 a.m.at Rutherford Cemetery; 7:30 a.m.at St. Matthews Cemetery in Grant; 7:50 a.m.at Withrow Cemetery; 8:30 a.m.at Houlton, Wis., Cemetery; 9 a.m.at Fairview Cemetery; 9:20 a.m.at Salem Cemetery; and 9:45 a.m.at the post, 5880 N. Omaha Ave.
10 a.m. - Miller Yard, Burketville. Ceremonies to follow at Soldiers and Sailors Cemetery and then at the Veterans Memorial Levee, Hastings RiverWalk at Ramsey and First Streets. Light refreshments and cookies will be served following the program until 11:30 a.m. while the church remains open for fellowship. In case of incelement weather, the ceremony will be held in the North Andover Middle School auditorium.
The Daniel Chapman Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will sponsor a Memorial Day program at 11 a.m. Monday, May 28 on the lawn at Vienna Public Library. Director of KVCNE and Navy Veteran Frank Kees will welcome the crowd, posting of the colors will be by East Carter JROTC, Mike Wurts will lead the pledge of allegiance and the National Anthem will be performed by Maddie Hale.
Today, East Hampton's Memorial Day parade continues along a similar route. The parade will wind down Mammoth to the Town Common for traditional services. The procession will turn right onto Main Street and proceed forward until it reaches the Franklin D. Roosevelt Veterans Park. The official commemoration ceremony will be held at the Christiansted bandstand immediately afterwards.
2 p.m. - Eastern Iowa Brass Band concert on the Village Green at Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum, 210 Parkside Dr. Pat's parking lot across from the VFW post. The Parade starts at 11 a.m., barbecue at about 11:30 a.m. Hamburgers and hot dogs will also be served. The parade will step off at 10:30 a.m.