Addison County to honor veterans

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and Gov. Peter Shumlin will also attend.

Immediately following the conclusion of the parade, American Legion Commander Roger Norton will take the podium as master of ceremonies on the bandstand in the Park.

The Vergennes Union High School band will play the National Anthem prior to an invocation by Rev. Yvon Royer, pastor of St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church.

Vergennes Mayor Michael Daniels will deliver greetings from the host City and recognize local dignitaries and office holders.

Two retired Navy vets, Petty Officer First Class Spencer Norton and Chief Petty Officer William Larrabee, will lay a wreath at the monument to Commodore Thomas McDonough, a hero of the Battle of Plattsburg on Lake Champlain during the War of 1812. VUHS students then take over as Megan Stearns recites "In Flanders Field" and Trevor Patterson, the Gettysburg Address. Both are sophomores. The VUHS Band will perform "The Battle Hymn of the Republic."

The Vergennes Legion's JohnMitchell, a retired Navy captain, will introduce Capt. McNulla; the captain will deliver the Memorial Day address.

Following his address, a unit of the Vermont National Guard will conduct a 21-gun salute in honor of those who gave their lives during our nation's wars and conflicts. Buglers Melvin and Aaron Hawley will sound taps.

The ceremonies will conclude with benediction offered by Rev. Stephan Payne, pastor of the Addison Community Baptist Church and the playing of "America the Beautiful" by the VUHS Band.

Following the parade, the public is invited to the 47th annual chicken barbecue under the tent at the Legion post, 100 Armory Ln. The $7 price includes not only the chicken, but also all the fixings and dessert.


Middlebury's annual Memorial Day Parade will be held Monday, May 30, beginning at 9 a.m. The parade will start at Poter Field and end at the Civil War soldiers monument next to the town green. The parade is billed as "dog friendly" event.

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