Memorial Day Weekend Events
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 events that will take place during Memorial Day weekend.
On Saturday, May, 26, 2018 at 10AM there will be a dedication of the CPL Ralph F. Kenty Memorial Square at Savin Street and Fellsmore Road. CPL Kenty was a former Malden Assistant City Clerk (1981-1987) who was injured when his helicopter crashed in Vietnam. He was the only survivor and made it back home but would later lose his leg and suffer 53 surgical procedures during his lifetime. Ralph faithfully served his country and his community and died too young at age 44 leaving two young daughters and a wife who died not long after he did. The girls were raised by their grandparents in Malden.
On Memorial Day, Monday, May 28th at 9AM, there will be a dedication of the Joseph F. Kinnon Memorial Square at Adams and West Streets. Joseph F. Kinnon was born in Malden on September 22, 1917 and was one of seven brothers who served in the military during World War II. On July 30, 1944, TEC5 Joseph F. Kinnon was killed in action in Normandy, France while serving as a medic with the 117th Infantry Regiment, Medical Detachment with the 30th Division with the U.S. Army. Joseph F. Kinnon was one of 239 Malden veterans who died in WWII.
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. This Year’s Grand Marshal will be Arnold W. “Arnie” Hammersley, 86, a lifelong resident of Malden who enlisted the U.S. Air Force on January 2, 1951 during the Korean War and was honorably discharged on December 22, 1954. Following his military service, Mr. Hammersley joined the Malden Fire Department in 1964 and retired with the rank of Captain in 1996. He has been married to his wife Midge for 61 years. They have three children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
This year the City of Malden is honored to host a group of 30 Irish veterans who are members of the Irish United Nations Veterans Association (IUNVA) who will be marching in the parade. These veterans have served all over the world and are assigned to the United Nations to support peace keeping missions.