Brockton: City holds annual Memorial Day parade

Memorial Day ceremony at Brockton City Hall.

Brockton honored America’s war veterans with a parade and a special ceremony held on Monday. Residents lined the streets to witness the city’s annual Memorial Day parade that featured the Brockton Fire Department’s Pipes and Drums band, several elected officials, military vehicles, fire apparatus, the Gold Star families and Brockton High School’s Jr ROTC.

A few hundred attended yesterday’s parade to pay tribute to the country’s fallen men and women. Once the parade reached City Hall plaza, a ceremony was held to honor those who lost their lives in the line of duty.

A tribute was also held to recognize two Brockton residents that died recently.  Jan Darrah was the President of VFW Post 1046 Lady’s Auxiliary and tireless volunteer at the Brockton Veterans Hospital, while Albert Mon-ta-gano was a retired Brockton Police Lieutenant, who volunteered for various civic organizations.

Making a surprise campaign stop in Brockton, US Senate candidate and Congressman Ed Markey took a moment to speak with those who had gathered about his visit to the city for Memorial Day. Markey is running against Republican Gabriel Gomez in the special US Senate election being held on June 25th.

Congressman Ed Markey speaking at Brockton's Memorial Day ceremony at city hall plaza.

Brockton High's JROTC marching in the Memorial Day parade.

WWII veteran George Cataldo leading Brockton's Memorial Day ceremony in the Pledge of Allegiance.

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About Kevin Tocci

Kevin Tocci is a Brockton area reporter, news anchor and host of Monday Night Talk which airs on Monday nights at 6:15 p.m. on 95.9FM WATD.