It was the perfect holiday for a Memorial Day parade.
On "this beautiful day," Belmont residents came out in force to participate or just watch the annual parade and the yearly ceremony that takes place at the Belmont Cemetery to honor those residents who either served and/or gave their lives in service to the nation.
With an escort from vets on motorcycles, local veterans, squads from the town's Police and Fire departments, DPW trucks, Girl and Boy scouts, military vehicles, local officials and the combined Belmont High and Chenery Middle schools marching bands set off from Cushing Square when the church bells from the United Methodist Church struck 11.
The streets were lined with many residents, several who brought their children, to wave and enjoy the movable scene filled with marching tunes and candy thrown by the Girl Scouts.
The tone of the day turned somber at the cemetery as the names of all those from Belmont who died defending the nation were read.
"Memorial Days has certainly become a day of picnics, barbecues and parades. But above all else it is a day to pause from our busy lives to reflect and remember," said Mark Paolillo, chairman of the Belmont Board of Selectmen.
"I believe that those who have fallen if they could whisper in our ear they would say, 'that they do not seek glory or to have trumpets blown or a gun salute. they only want to remember them and to thank them for the life they gave to preserve what we cherish above all else, our freedom," he said.