Come experience Ludlow’s Memorial Day Parade

Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. Stock photo

LUDLOW, Vt. – Plans are in place for Ludlow’s Memorial Day parade Monday, May 27 to celebrate the American Legion’s 100th anniversary and welcome home our veterans, especially from the Vietnam era. Please join us as we honor our fallen heroes. The parade will kick-off at 9 a.m. and go down Main Street. There will be a wreath dropping ceremony at the bridge followed by a service at Veterans Park featuring local school children and keynote by Dr. William Vanneman, prior C.O. of the 125th Medical Detachment, South Korea. Everyone will then march to the cemetery accompanied by the bagpipes for a moving ceremony for the unknown soldier and taps.

A luncheon at the American Legion Post 36 will follow. Potluck dish and salad donations are welcome as we expect a large crowd.

Parking for parade watchers is available at Black River High School, Okemo Mountain School, Odyssey Ski Shop, Catholic Church at the top of Depot Street, and side streets.

For parade participants, the line up and “muster” spots are as follows:

  • Corner of Route 100 and Pond Street: Color guard, chaplains, Fife & Drum Corp, World War II veterans, and all veterans riding in cars or golf carts.
  • Benson’s Chevrolet lot – no parking, meeting spot only: veterans who are marching, Catamont Pipe Band, American Legion Auxiliary, Sons of American Legion, Boy Scout Troop 206, Okemo Valley Women’s Club.
  • Okemo Market Place: American Legion Riders and other bikers joining the “Rolling Thunder.”

Additionally, the parade will include the Masons, the Shriners, the Mt. Sinai small bikers, military vehicles, ambulances, and fire trucks. Parking and line up will be communicated with these groups separately.

Parking for parade participants, unless otherwise designated: Dorsey Park, Okemo Marketplace, Killarney’s, front end of Shaw’s lot, public lot in back of Brewfest Beverage, Heritage Bank, Ludlow Medical Center, Catholic Church, side streets.

Please note there is no parking at the Legion as space is needed for the luncheon.

Please contact Gary Macintyre at 802-228-7178 or email if you have any questions.

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