Oh, those wacky Shriners
(Globe staff photo by Evan Richman)
While some municipalities have relegated Memorial Day to an afterthought, Newton appears to have a good memory. A full slate of holiday observances have been planned by the city, including:
* The Memorial Day Parade, which will be held on Sunday, May 20 at 2 pm, starting in front of our Lady’s Church on Washington Street in Newton Corner and finishing at Coletti/Magni Park in Nonantum. The parade will feature the ever-popular Aleppo Shriners and their Clown Unit;
* Prayer observances and wreath-laying, which will begin at 9 a.m. on on Sunday, May 27 and at the Private Richard Forte Memorial in Allison Park and ending at 12 noon in Newton Cemetary. In between, wreaths will be laid at a variety of other sites, a full schedule is available online or by calling the Veterans Department at 617-796-1090, and;
* The mayor’s annual prayer breakfast, which will be held on Wednesday, May 30 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. in McElroy Commons on the Boston College campus. Keynote speaker is US Congressman Barney Frank.
At the breakfast, the Mayor’s Medallion Award, to recognize outstanding contributions to the city will go to a student, as yet unnamed, and posthumously to Father Robert Drinan. Also receiving the awards will be Newton residents Stephan Ross, a Holocaust survivor who spearheaded the building of the Boston Holocaust Memorial, and Susan Zuker of the Conquer Cancer Coalition, who helped launch a state license plate to raise money and awareness. Zuker’s husband Michael died of cancer earlier this year.
Proceeds from the breakfast go to the Foundation for Racial, Ethnic, and Religious Harmony, based in Newton. For more information on tickets, call Jeremy Solomon at 617-796-1110 or Judy Epi at 617-969-5906, ext. 121.
-- Connie Paige and Ralph Ranalli
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