Since moving to Marblehead in May 2008, my family and I have attended every single Memorial Day parade and have been awed by the patriotism to be found in our small New England town. This year, the Marblehead Memorial Day parade has been cancelled due to rain but there will be a ceremony to remember all those who served at Abbot Hall at 10:00am. Between the sound of Glover's regiment firing a salute and the sight of American flags adorning gravestones at Waterside cemetery and elsewhere, Marblehead puts its patriotism on full display.
Memorial Day weekend has finally arrived and with it comes the promise of Summer with pools opening around town, boats heading to their moorings in Marblehead Harbor and the days getting longer and warmer. As part of the Memorial Day parade, the Glover's Regiment marches to Memorial park and fires a salute in memory of those whose sacrifices we remember on this day. This image was captured last year as the old muskets fired - in the case of a few rifles, you can see a significant flame erupt as well.
With Memorial Day upon us, I went back to the archive and pulled out this image taken last year. Marblehead does an amazing job in remembering those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to this country. With a muster at Old Town House at 8am, a parade that begins at 9am at Old Town House and winds down to Memorial park, and a series of speeches at the park, there is much to do on this day. At the end of the speeches, Glover's Regiment is seen firing muskets to honor those lost in past conflicts.
This is a photo I took last year while exploring Waterside Cemetery on Memorial Day. I posted two other images from that day last year but revisited the archive and found this image of the eternal flame. I hadn't shot flames in daylight before and found that it took a lot of trial and error to get the flame 'just right'. If you look at this image in large size, you'll notice one hint of flame that escaped from the larger fire emanating from the torch in the remembrance pool.
As part of Marblehead's Memorial day tributes, flags are placed at the gravesites of soldiers who gave their lives defending this country. I visited Waterside cemetery after the flags were placed and found myself in this square plot dedicated to Post 82 and lined by two cannons at the entrance and two others flanking it. I received this information from Sean via Facebook: John Goodwin Post 82 was the local chapter of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), the veteran's organization of, by, and for Union Civil War Veterans. Through most of the latter part of 19th century and [...]