CUMBERLAND — Fire Chief Dan Small wants this year’s Memorial Day parade to be filled with the kind of individuals the holiday celebrates: the service people who have given their time to this country.

He is looking for active and retired military members who have ties to the town. They will be the focal point of this year’s parade on Monday, May 31, and golf carts will be available for people who may not be able to march.

The Fire Department has usually led the parade, Small said on Monday, “and as much as we want to be out there and be a part of it, it’s not about us. It’s about the military people, and we’re trying to get the military presence involved.”

The involvement of those men and women coincides with the presentation of the first phase of a veterans memorial monument at Moss Side Cemetery on Main Street.

The Cumberland Veterans Monument Committee is in the process of compiling names for the monument of servicemen from town who served in the active military or reserves as far back as the American Revolution and were discharged under conditions that were not dishonorable.

The parade will start at the Mabel I. Wilson School on Tuttle Road at 10 a.m. It will proceed to Main Street, Moss Side Cemetery and then back toward Greely High School for the conclusion. Parade participants will be photographed in front of the 1860s Greely Institute section of the school.

Small can be reached by calling 829-5421, e-mailing [email protected] or stopping by the fire station on Tuttle Road.

Alex Lear can be reached at 373-9060 ext. 113 or [email protected].

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