Memorial Day 2017 Events

Memorial Day Parade

Wayland's Memorial Day Parade will form at 10:30 am on Monday, May 29, 2017, at the Wayland Middle School, 201 Main Street.  The parade steps off at 11:00 am and will proceed along Route 27 to Route 30 to the Lakeview Cemetery in Cochituate.

Early Morning Ceremonies:

Brief tributes to veterans.

  • 8:30 am: Ceremony at St. Zepherin's Cemetery (Bent Avenue).
  • 8:50 am: Ceremony at WWII Memorial (Opposite the Villa).
  • 9:15 am: Ceremony at South Cemetery (Route 27 South).
  • 9:45 am: Ceremony at North Cemetery (Route 27 North).
  • 10:00 am: Ceremony at Beit Olam West Cemetery (Route 27 North).
  • 10:15 am: Ceremony at Wayland Veterans Memorial (Wayland Town Building).

Parade Schedule:

10:30 am:

  • Form Parade at the Wayland Middle School, 201 Main Street.
  • Color Guard of Flags.
  • Boston Police Vintage Cruiser.
  • MDC Police Vintage Cruiser.
  • Wayland Police Escort.
  • Grand Marshall Mathias J. Leupold in Vintage Massachusetts State Police Museum and Learning Center Cruiser.
  • American Legion Color Guard and Firing Squad.
  • Boy Scouts with Flags.
  • Marching Veterans - Service Women and Men.
  • Antique Vehicles.
  • Wayland High School Band.
  • WSPO Marchers.
  • 50 feet of space.
  • Wayland Fire Department.
  • Wayland Town Officials and Guests.
  • Ceremony Speakers.
  • Former Town Officials.
  • Wayland Committees and Departments.
  • 50 feet of space.
  • Girl Scouts.
  • Wayland Middle School Band.
  • Non-Marching Veterans in Vehicle.

11:00 am:

  • Parade Steps off to Lakeview Cemetery via Main Street (Route 27) and Commonwealth Road (Route 30).

11:30 am:

Memorial Day Service at the Cemetery:


  • Wayland Board of Selectmen.
  • Carmen Gentile, State Representative.
  • Alice H. Peisch, State Representative.
  • State Senator Richard J. Ross.


  • Major Gerald W. Woodford Jr., Chaplain.
  • Boy Scouts with Flags.
  • American Legion Post #133, Wayland Color Guard and Firing Squad.

Gettysburg Address:

  • Jaylen Wang, Wayland High School Student.

Keynote Address:

  • Colonel Charles H. May, Military Deputy Director for U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center.

12:00 pm:

  • Flag Raising by Commander, American Legion Post 133 Wayland, and Grand Marshal.

Award Freedom Prize:

  • Richard P. Turner, Chair, Public Ceremonies Committee.

Musical Selection:

  • Patriotic Music, Joseph Oneschuk, Conductor.


  • American Legion Firing Squad.

Echo Taps:

  • Wayland High School Trumpeters.

Closing Prayer:

  • MAJ Gerald W. Woodford Jr.

12:30 pm:

Parade returns to the Wayland Middle School via Pemberton Road to West Plain Street.

Parade will be in two sections.  Plase see your Public Ceremonies Committee member for your groups line-up assignment.

Green Section:  Mr. John Dyer.

Yellow Section:  Mr. George Bernard.

In the event of rain, the service will be held in the Middle School Gymnasium at 11:00 am.   For confirmation, please call Richard Turner at (508) 358-4294 after 9:00 am on Monday, May 29, 2017.

NOTE:  The Council on Aging Van will depart the Wayland Town Building rear parking lot, at the rear door of the Senior Center, at 8:00 am for the early morning ceremonies and non-marching Veterans.  Additional non-marching Veterans may board at the parade staging area at the Middle School.