Memorial Day honors the men and women who had died while serving the nation in our armed forces. The day itself is Monday, but remembrances have already begun.
This year the City of Boston will hold its Memorial Day service on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Sgt. Charles A. MacGillivary Veterans Memorial Park, which is adjacent to Roberto Clemente Stadium in the Fens. For more information, call the city's Veterans Services Department at 617-635-3026.
This year you can honor the nation's war dead closer to home, as the Soldier's Monument at Centre and South will be open to the public. The column and small park are usually locked up. However, at the request of the Jamaica Pond Association, the area will be open during daylight hours Memorial Day weekend.
And close to JP, at 355 Walk Hill St. in Mattapan, a Memorial Day ceremony will be held Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Mount Hope Cemetery. The event includes a short parade. For more information, call Arthur Smith of the American Legion at 617-298-7509.
The Boston Common is already decorated with thousands of small U.S. flags, making it a good place to stop and reflect on the meaning of the holiday.
Monday at 8 a.m., a service will be held at the Fogg-Roberts American Legion Post 78, 56 Harvard Ave. in Hyde Park. From there participants will march to a Mass at Most Precious Blood Parish at 43 Maple St. and then return to the post for a tour of local veteran’s squares. The procession will end up at the Civil War Memorial at Fairview Cemetery for the closing ceremony at 11 a.m. Information: Andy Murphy of the Fogg Post at 617-364-1636.
In Brighton, a Memorial Day observance will also be held at Evergreen Cemetery, 2060 Commonwealth Ave., Brighton, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. Information: City of Boston’s Cemetery Division at 617-635-7361.