Brewster Memorial Day Parade

Rain sent many home early - 15-mile back-up at Sagamore Bridge
The Brewster Veterans Honor Guard at the Memorial Day parade today. Pat Brooks photos.

Memorial Day on Cape Cod

Brewster parade was one of many

Many towns on the Cape held their annual Memorial Day parade and observance today, and we happened to catch the one in Brewster which began at noon at the Baptist Church and marched a mile along Route 6A.

There were similar observances at the John F. Kennedy Memorial, Ocean Street, Hyannis, the Provincetown Town Hall, Commercial Street, Provincetown and the Yarmouth Town Hall, 1146 Route 28, South Yarmouth to name a few.

Rain chased visitors home early

The weather forecasts for a beautiful sunny day turned out to be wrong, and that caused thousands of weekend visitors to try to beat the traffic by heading home early.

Unfortunately, too many decided to do the same thing, and this combined with an anti-Pilgrim Nuclear protest at the Christmas Tree parking lot at the Sagamore Bridge caused a fifteen mile back-up all the way to Exit 6 and Route 132 in West Barnstable.

Route 6A was as bad backing up half way through Sandwich and there was a five mile back-up at the Bourne Bridge and Route 28.

The protest, organized by Cape Downwinders, is publicizing the fact that the Pilgrim Nuclear power plant a few miles over the Sagamore Bridge in South Plymouth, does not have an evacuation plan for Cape Cod.

They say today's protest comes two months after Gov. Patrick wrote the Nuclear Regulatory Commission expressing his concerns about the lack of a "viable evacuation route" off of Cape Cod.

Brewster marches

Today parade in Brewster was lead by an Honor Guard of local veterans who invited everyone for hot dogs and fixins at the American Legion Hall afterwards.

Proving that if one honor guard is good, two is even better, the vets were followed shortly by a second honor guard made up of Brewster's "finest" followed closely by the town selectmen.

Nauset School Fife and Drum Corps was in attendance. Brewster is part of that school district.

And everyone ended up at the old Town Hall building (the Brewster Council on Aging) for the annual dedication and speech.


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