Made in Rockville Monday: We love the Memorial Day Parade

By Helen Triolo, last updated 5/20/13 11:21am

Photo credit City of Rockville  

Hometown Holidays is our big weekend in Rockville and the Memorial Day parade is the best part of it, where we honor and celebrate the lives of the men and women who served in the US military and sacrificed their lives doing so.

On Memorial Day (May 27), events kick off at 9 a.m. in the Town Square plaza with a performance from the Rockville Concert Band and the Rockville Community Chorus. These performances will be a tribute to America under the direction of John Saint Amour.

The music continues throughout the ceremony, which begins at 9:30 a.m. American Legion Post 86 will lay a traditional wreath. The Legion Post will join the Rockville City Police Department Honor Guard in presenting the colors and firing a 21-gun salute.

The ceremony will also include an address from Grand Marshal Lieutenant Junior Grade Steven R. Simmons, U.S. Navy.

Following the ceremony is the 69th Memorial Day parade, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The parade route begins on Martins Lane, turns south onto North Washington Street, then turns east onto Beall Avenue, south onto Maryland Avenue through Rockville Town Center and east onto East Montgomery Avenue.

The parade has something for everyone to enjoy. Catch groups like the Rockville High School Pipe Band, Baltimore Entertainers Marching Band, Cub Scout Pack 493, Miss Chianti’s Dance School Pom Squads, community groups, military units, multi-cultural groups and more.

Brian van de Graaff, weathercaster on weekday mornings for ABC7/WJLA and station News Channel 8, will emcee the parade. He also provides daily forecasts for Washington’s Number 1 rated morning drive program on WTOP-FM, and has earned the American Meteorological Society’s prestigious Seal of Approval.

Veteran and community groups participating in the Memorial Day ceremony include: American Legion Post 86; American Legion Auxiliary Unit 86; American Legion Post 171; Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 12; Anwar Temple 219; Fleet Reserve Association, Triangle Branch 182; Washington-Rockville Elks Lodge 15; Prince Hall Shriners; Anwar Temple 219; Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 641; P.O.W. Association; Capital Base Submarine Veterans, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil Way; Antietam Camp 3; Members of the Wood Family; and Rockville Sister City Corporation.

In addition to the Memorial Day ceremony and parade, Hometown Holidays will feature music on five stages from more than 30 top local and regional bands, amusements and entertainment for children, and the Taste of Rockville with 20 restaurants participating. Events start at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 25 and continue through Monday, May 27.

Learn more about Memorial Day’s events on the City’s website at

For updated information as the Hometown Holidays festival nears, visit

The City’s Hometown Holidays Facebook page ( will be updated prior to and during the event, so stay tuned there for the latest announcements.

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