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Memorial Day Events To Feature Cemetery Ceremony, Parade, Road Race

May 24, 2015 04:47PM ● By Bill Gilman

USAF Col. David Wiltz will be the guest speaker for the Tewksbury Memorial Day Ceremony.

Memorial Day in Tewksbury (Monday, May 25) will be packed with activities designed to balance community fun with a solemn remembrance of those who have given their lives in defense of their country.
The day begins with the 2nd Annual Memorial Day 5K Road Race at the Tewksbury Country Club, starting at 8 a.m. The traditional Memorial Day ceremony will take place at the Tewksbury Cemetery, 172 East St., from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. The Memorial Day Parade follows at 2 p.m.
The guest speaker for the cemetery service  is Air Force Col. David Hiltz, chief of Family of Systems Architecture Team at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford.
Col. Hiltz is chief of the Family of Systems Architecture Team at the base. In that role, he directs systems engineering and design trades for the Department of Defense's Family of Systems portfolio, including advanced air and space sensors, communication, weapon and cyber capabilities.
The Master of Ceremonies is Paul C. McNaught, a veteran of the Korean War and commander of American Legion Post 259. Larry Stanford, a Korean War veteran, who serves as chaplain of VFW Post 8164, will conduct the opening prayer.
Tewksbury Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
The parade will begin at 2 p.m. at the Town Common at 1009 Main St. 2015 and end at Brooks Plaza (next to Mac’s Dairy Farm). Those marching in the parade will be gathering at the Ryan School at 1 p.m.
Traffic Alert
Due to the parade, Main Street from Marshall Street to Livingston Street and all side streets that enter onto Main Street in that area will be closed from approximately 12:45 to 5 p.m.
The detour for Main Street (northbound) heading towards Lowell from Wilmington line will be: Livingston Street to East Street to Main Street. The detour from Main Street (southbound) heading towards Wilmington from Lowell line will be Marshall Street to Whipple Road to Shawsheen Street to Main Street.  Pleasant Street will be closed in both directions from 12 to 5 p.m. for the parade marchers to line up.

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