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UPDATED May 25: The Town of Arlington has announced the schedule for this year's Memorial Day ceremony, to start at 9 a.m. Monday, May 27, at Town Hall, 730 Mass. Ave.

On the same day, the Mystic Valley Lodge welcomes the officers of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge for their annual honoring of those buried in the Prince Hall Mystic Arlington Cemetery at 52 Gardner St., East Arlington. Hall was a famed abolitionist, orator, educator and African-American leader who lived more than 200 years ago.

The town website says events are to start with a community gathering of remembrance in the Town Hall auditorium on the first floor; doors are scheduled to open at 8:30 a.m. After the ceremony, guests are invited to head to the nearby Old Burying Ground, adjacent to First Parish Unitarian-Universalist Church at Mass. Ave. and Pleasant Street, for a decoration of memorial sites at 10 a.m. 

A procession to Mount Pleasant Cemetery is scheduled to follow. Volunteers earlier this month helped to place flags on the graves of veterans, joined by Veterans Services Director Col. Philip McGovern.

Alan Jones, presiding master of Mystic Valley Lodge A.F. & A.M., reported that those involved start the day at Prince Hall's grave at the Copp's Hill Burying Ground in the North End and then come to the Arlington cemetery between 11 and 11:30, depending on traffic.

"It's a short but moving ceremony," Jones told YourArlington.

Read more about the Prince Hall Cemetery here >>

“On Memorial Day we remember those who have passed away, especially those who died serving the United States of America in armed conflict. It is a very solemn occasion," wrote McGovern in a recent email. "Every year the people of Arlington gather to remember them with sorrow for all they lost, gratitude for the lives they lived and [to] resolve to build on their legacy – a nation, as President Lincoln put it, ‘conceived in liberty,’ dedicated to equality, with ‘government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

A full schedule of Memorial Day events can be read below:

Memorial Day schedule:

  • 9 to 9:45 a.m. – Community gathering of remembrance at the Robbins Memorial Town Hall Auditorium (Doors open at 8:30 a.m.);

  • 9:45 to 10 a.m. – All attending are to be invited to move across the Town Hall Garden to the Old Burying Ground adjacent to the Whittemore Robbins House;

  • 10 to 10:15 a.m. - Decoration of memorial sites at the Old Burying Ground;

  • 10:15 to 10:25 a.m. – All attending are to be invited to assemble in the driveway between the Library and the First Parish of Arlington and join in procession to Mount Pleasant Cemetery;

  • 10:30 to 10:50 a.m. – Procession steps off and moves down Massachusetts Avenue, up Medford Street, then in through the third gate of Mount Pleasant Cemetery; and

  • 10:50 to noon – Procession through and decoration of memorial sites at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.


May 22, 2023: Memorial Day ceremonies at Town Hall; Chunglo honored

This news announcement was published Tuesday, May 7, 2024, based on information from the Town of Arlington; updated May 8, with additional information; and updated for time/day references the evening of May 11. It was updated most recently May  24 and Ma 25, to add Prince Hall information.