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Memorial Day 2017 Activities in Malden

Please join the Malden community as we remember and honor the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our nation’s freedom at a series of event that will take place on Memorial Day on MondayMay 29th.

At 9 AM, there will be a dedication of Colonel Joseph R. Cafarella Memorial Square at Judson and Newhall Streets. Joseph R. Cafarella who died last year at age 95 was a World War II Veteran retired from the United States Air Force after 36 years of service. A lifelong Malden resident, Colonel Cafarella came from a distinguished family, many of whom served in the military. For his service in WWII, Colonel Cafarella was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, and Air Medal with six Clusters along with many other military awards. Joe’s brother, Private First Class Felix A. Cafarella, U.S. Army died on March 23, 1945 in Germany as a result of wounds received in action a few days earlier.

At 10 AM the annual Memorial Day Parade will kick off at the corner of Salem, Ferry, and Main Streets and will proceed north on Main Street to Forest Street and into Forest Dale Cemetery.  There will be a short ceremony at Forest Dale Cemetery, then the parade will resume onto Pierce Street, turn right onto Salem Street and will end at the corner of Salem, Ferry, and Main Streets. The Grand Marshal for this year’s parade will be Malden resident Malcolm “Mac” Bennett, 90, a World War II U.S. Coast Guard veteran and a true public servant who served his country faithfully in the military and later as a police officer and a firefighter in the City of Malden. He also served as the Commander of VFW Post #639 in Malden multiple times.

In commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the United States entry into World War I, declaring war against Germany, at 1 PM the City of Malden and the Irish American Club will sponsor a ceremony to honor its men and women who served during WWI. We will remember those who made it home to Malden and the many others who paid the ultimate sacrifice like David Tartikoff and William Trafton at a ceremony at the WWI Monument located at the corner of Malden Street and the Fellsway at Devir Park.

Any person or group who would like to march or volunteer in the Memorial Day Parade should contact Meghan Drummey at or 781-974-2345.

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