A scene from Ellsworth's 2016 Memorial Day observance. FILE PHOTO

Memorial Day events scheduled around area



ELLSWORTH — Communities throughout the area will observe Memorial Day with parades and other ceremonies on Monday, May 29.

In Ellsworth, lineup for the parade will be at 9:30 a.m. at the Gen. Bryant E. Moore Community Center on State Street.

The parade steps off at 10, heading down State Street briefly and then down School Street to Main Street.

The parade will go down Main Street to the Union River Bridge, where a wreath will be thrown into the water in memory of those sailors and Marines who died at sea.

From there the parade will go up State Street to City Hall, where a ceremony will take place on the lawn. Any civic groups or other organizations wishing to honor those who have served are welcome to take part in the parade, according to organizers.

There is also a smaller ceremony at the Civil War memorial on Bridge Hill after that, though it is separate from the parade because parking is so limited there.

The following is a list of other Memorial Day activities scheduled throughout the area:

Blue Hill

The Blue Hill Memorial Day observance begins at 10 a.m. by the American Legion Hall.

From the hall, the parade will proceed down Main Street, stopping at the bridge for a brief ceremony. From there, the parade will go to the Seaside Cemetery.

Bucksport

There will also be a Memorial Day parade that starts at 4 p.m. on May 29. The parade will start lining up at 3:30 in the area where Elm Street meets Summer Street. Veterans carrying flags will lead the parade as it proceeds down Elm Street and onto Main Street before concluding at the veterans memorial on the waterfront.

A service will be held at the end of the parade. Wreaths will be laid on the memorial and in the Penobscot River, and there will be a playing of “Taps.”

Cherryfield

Memorial Day activities in Cherryfield will be held at the Band Stand and the American Legion Hall.

There will be a program with patriotic music at 1 p.m. featuring the Cherryfield Town Band and the Gettysburg Address will be recited, carrying on a 125-year-old tradition.

A parade at 2 p.m. will march down Main Street to Stewart Park, where flowers will be spread in the river for those lost at sea. The parade will continue to the Civil War monument in Pine Grove Cemetery, where a wreath will be placed to honor those killed in land battles or war zones.

For more information, call Peter Duston at 546-7559 or 460-2499.

Franklin

The Franklin Veterans Club has several events scheduled for Memorial Day.

There will be a sunrise ceremony at the cemetery at 6 a.m., followed by a light breakfast at the club at 7 (admission by donation).

At 9 a.m., there will be a parade to Memorial Park in Franklin, followed by a memorial ceremony. That will be followed by a spaghetti lunch at 11 a.m. at the veterans club.

Donations will be accepted for the lunch for the Flags Over Franklin fundraiser.

For more information, call 565-2977 or visit www.franklinveteransclub.com.

Gouldsboro

The town of Gouldsboro will conduct its annual Memorial Day Parade in Prospect Harbor on Monday, May 29, at 9 a.m. The parade line-up begins earlier at Fisher Field at 8.

The parade will feature a color guard and will start at Fisher Field and finish in front of the Veterans Memorial.

The guest speaker is Shawn Goodwin of the Maine Veterans Project. Goodwin is a veterans advocate and inspires services to veterans such as suicide prevention and other health issues. Sumner Memorial High School vocalists will perform, and a wreath-laying ceremony will follow.

Refreshments will follow at the Prospect Harbor Women’s Club building after the parade. In case of rain, the ceremony will be conducted inside the Prospect Harbor Women’s Club building.

Hancock

The Memorial Day parade will start at 9:30 a.m. and will proceed from there to the gazebo on the Town Green. There will be a brief ceremony at the gazebo. Route 1 will be blocked off temporarily starting at 9 a.m.

Stonington

A Memorial Day observance will be held at the Stonington Opera House at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 29.

Surry

There will be a Memorial Day observance at the Surry Memorial Park at 1 p.m. The park is located at the junction of the Surry Road and the North Bend Road.

Winter Harbor

The Memorial Day parade will begin at 10 a.m. in the Winter Harbor Food Service parking lot on Main Street and will proceed to Veterans Memorial Park on Harbor Street.

There will be refreshments served at the Masonic Hall at the conclusion of the ceremony. Any veterans or active military are invited to walk or ride in the parade.