Seeking big turnout for Memorial Day parade

CHESTERTOWN — The annual Memorial Day parade in Chestertown honors America’s military men and women who lost their lives in service to their country and shows support for all those who served.

Area residents are encouraged to be there — either as participants or observers.

“What a lot of people don’t realize is that this is a parade for locals. It’s a chance for locals to enjoy the holiday, their home and each other. It’s a chance to experience the true meaning of Memorial Day long after the tourists are gone,” Katy Weddell, who heads the newly formed Kent County Memorial Day Committee, said in a news release.

The committee is seeking parade participants who want to create floats or showcase vehicles of interest.

Walking groups with patriotic banners or themes also are invited to take part.

The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. Monday, May 27.

Dixon Valve & Coupling Co. is the sponsor.

To register, email Weddell at

Lineup will start at 9 a.m. at Dixon Drive.

The parade will proceed down High Street and end at Stam’s Hall at the corner of Court and High streets.

A short program will follow, featuring a special presentation by historic Sumner Hall, one of only two African-American Grand Army of the Republic buildings still standing in the United States, and remarks by former U.S. Rep. Wayne Gilchrest.

“Our goal is to increase community participation and awareness of this very important day to both remember and celebrate our military,” Weddell said.

For more information, email

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