Chatham, Harwich And Orleans Hold Memorial Day Ceremonies

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

Topics: Veterans

Saluting those who gave their lives for the country at last year's Memorial Day ceremony in Orleans. FILE PHOTO

Residents of Chatham, Harwich and Orleans will mark Memorial Day next Monday, May 28, in separate ceremonies in each of the towns.



Residents will gather in the community center at 10 a.m. to remember those who gave their lives for their country.

Public Ceremonies Committee member Ted Miller will be master of ceremonies. Participants will members of the Chatham VFW and American Legion, Chatham Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Brownies.

Liam Lawless, a sophomore at Nauset High School, will play “Taps.” Kristin Howard will sing patriotic songs, Sarah Marchio will play bagpipe, and Scott Hamilton will read his Gettysburg Address.



The Memorial Day ceremony will be held in Brooks Park starting at 9:30 a.m. Guest speaker will be Major Gregory Quilty, a Barnstable resident.

Quilty served in the United States Marine Corps for 20 years as an officer and helicopter pilot. His foreign service included Beirut, Lebanon in 1982 and 1983, where he received the Sikorski Helicopter Rescue Award. He was also deployed in Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1991 and 1992 and also served in the Persian Gulf in 1992. As an aviation safety officer, his service included several years of training, evaluating and guiding marine pilots, officers and officer candidates, Harwich Veterans Agent Wil Remillard said.

After leaving the service, Quilty earned a masters degree in business administration and a law degree. He has served as girls and boys youth hockey coach and is a past president of the board of directors of Big Brothers and Big Sisters organizations. He has also served as director of the Cape and Islands Veterans Outreach Center and is currently a member of board of directors. He also serves as director of the Barnstable District Department of Veterans Services.

Monday's ceremony will begin with music by the Harwich Town Band, led by Conductor Peter H. Cobb. Remillard will provide the opening remarks. The Pledge of Allegiance will be led by the Harwich scouts and invocation and benediction will be given by Father Mark Tremblay. The greetings be will provided by Selectman Donald Howell. Taps will be performed by Alex Tapia and the closing remarks will be made by Remillard.



The Memorial Day observation will begin at 10 a.m. at the Yacht Club Landing on Town Cove, where Orleans police and fire honor guards, the American Legion Post 308 and Brewster VFW will participate in a brief service for the Coast Guard and Navy.

Participants and the public will then march to Academy Place, across from the United Methodist Church, where the service will continue honoring the Air Force, Army and Marine Corps. After the ceremony, the Methodist Church will open Freedom Hall for light snacks. The Orleans Fire Department will also provide refreshment, including hot dogs.