The Bristol Firemen’s Memorial will occur on Sunday, June 11, starting with a mass at 11:30 a.m. at Saint Mary’s Church.
The Bristol Firemen’s Memorial will occur on Sunday, June 11, starting with a mass at 11:30 a.m. at Saint Mary’s Church, where the Rhode Island Highlanders Pipe Band will perform Amazing Grace.
The participants will then gather at Church and High Streets at 1 p.m. to begin the parade, marching north on High Street to Franklin Street, to Hope Street, to Church Street, and then west on Church Street, culminating at Firefighter Park where the Memorial services will ensue.
Wreaths will be laid by the Hydraulion, Dreadnaught, Defiance, Ever Ready, Division of EMS and the Ladies Auxiliary, and speeches will be heard from a guest speaker and local officials.
The ceremony will also include this year’s Victoria “Vicki” Van Voast Memorial Award, which is issued to someone who exemplifies the true meaning and spirit of volunteerism and community involvement. The public is invited and encouraged to attend the event.
This year’s General Chairman is David Benevides, of Defiance Co. First Vice Chairman is James Russo, of Ever Ready; 2nd Vice Chairman is Richard Resenhausen, EMS; 3rd Vice Chairman is Robert Martin, of Hydraulion; 4th Vice Chairman is Richard Sanford, of Dreadnaught. Secretary/Treasurer is Paul Vollaro, and the Chaplin is Robert Holt.