EAST GREENWICH — The Town of East Greenwich will stage its annual Veterans’ Day Parade on Friday, Nov. 11, commencing at 10 a.m.
The parade steps off at Academy Field and marches through the “Hill” area, turning left onto First Avenue (Route 401). After a brief wreath-laying ceremony at the World War II Memorial on the corner of Cliff Street in memory of the town's deceased veterans who gave their lives in combat, the parade continues North on Main Street to Town Hall for concluding ceremonies at approximately 11 a.m.
The parade will be led by Aaron Lindo, the “Lone Piper,” with the grand marshal to be Robert W. Houghtaling, father of Bob Houghtaling, town substance abuse prevention coordinator. A vast array of color guards representing a number of different units will comprise this division. The Kentish Guards and Varnum Continentals will be marching.
The East Greenwich High School Band and the Night Life Marching Band will follow. Back by popular demand is the one and only Tony Lepore, “The Dancing Cop.” Local Boy and Girl Scout troops will be represented, and the lineup will also include the newly-crowned Mrs. Rhode Island America 2011, Sarah Richard, and Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 2012 Livia Stencel.
Numerous classic and antique cars will stream by, along with the Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club. Fire trucks will close out the parade, along with the Providence Mounted Command.
There is no rain date. In the event of inclement weather, the East Greenwich Police will be notified if the parade is cancelled (886-8640).
For further information, call Town Clerk Leigh A. Botello at (401) 886-8604 or Carl Hoyer, parade coordinator, at (401) 884-6272.