Thanks offered for Lincoln’s holiday parade

Thanks offered for Lincoln’s holiday parade

On behalf of the Lincoln Memorial Day Parade Committee, I would like to extend this letter of acknowledgement and appreciation. This year’s parade and post-parade celebration was one of our biggest successes in recent years and there are several people who helped make it so successful. As a Memorial Day Celebration we must first and foremost make sure we are recognizing why the event is taking place. This, of course, is to honor those members of our military services who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

I think this was achieved by our continuing dedication ceremony at the War Memorial located in front of the Saylesville Fire Station. We also made this year’s event very special for several veterans who took part in the parade ceremony itself. The Corvette Club of R.I. did a fantastic job providing escorts to over 25 veterans from the area who rode down our parade route to the warm reception of cheers from our community. We worked very hard to make sure the parade route was properly adorned with flags and decorations worthy of these veterans, which was only further personified by the efforts of many residents who decorated their homes with the same enthusiasm.

I also want to thank Grand Marshal Ernie Lacombe and Honorary Marshal Frank Carpano for their participation in this year’s parade. Of course that appreciation needs to be extended to all of the participants in this year’s parade. As several people pointed out, this was one of the biggest parades in recent history and we only want to see this event grow.

I would be remiss if I did not extend a heartfelt thanks to all of the town employees who helped with this year’s parade and post-parade celebration. This required the dedicated effort by members from the Lincoln Public Works, Lincoln Parks and Rec Department, members of the different fire departments, and the Lincoln Police. Not only did several people help during the actual event but many folks were involved in the prepping and planning for the parade.

Lastly, I would like to extend a most sincere thank you to our residents. Not only for helping beautify the parade route and coming out to support the event, but also for being patient and understanding for the road closures and detours involved with the parade. It is not always easy to run such a large-scale event but all things considered, we are very happy with how it went. That being said, we are always looking to improve the parade and are always open to more involvement and suggestions, so please feel free to reach out to us at LincolnMemorialDay@gmail.com .

Philip Gould

Lincoln Memorial Day Parade Co-Chairman
Gould is a captain with the Lincoln Police Department.