Ellsworth parade, road race highlight area Memorial Day activities



ELLSWORTH — A parade and road race will highlight Memorial Day activities in Ellsworth on Monday.

The first activity of the day will be the annual Main Street Memorial Mile.

Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. Monday at the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce building (163 High St.). Registration is $15 per runner or walker, with T-shirts for the first 75 participants.

Organizers report racers can “run in memory of someone that was special to you and write their name on your bib number.”

The race starts at 9. Sara Spencer will be singing the national anthem before the start of the race. The course goes along High Street, turns left onto Main Street and then left onto Water Street before ending in the R.F. Jordan & Sons parking lot.

A $200 prize will be offered to any runner who can best the mark of course record-holder Louie Luchini, who completed the course in a blistering 3 minutes and 53 seconds on Memorial Day in 2011.

Line-up for the city’s annual Memorial Day parade starts at 9:30 a.m. near the Moore Community Center on State Street. The parade starts at 10, heading down State Street to School Street, then to Main Street and the Union River Bridge, where a wreath-laying ceremony will take place.

After that, the parade heads back up State Street to the City Hall parking lot.

A wreath also will be placed at the Civil War memorial on Bridge Hill on Memorial Day.

Other area Memorial Day weekend events are as follows:

Bar Harbor

Veterans, family, friends and the community are invited to commemorate the men and women who have died while serving our country at a traditional Memorial Day ceremony in Bar Harbor.

The public is invited to join the American Legion, Coast Guard, Fire Department and local veterans on Monday, May 26, at 10 a.m. on the Bar Harbor Town Pier.

Prior to the ceremony, there will be music by the Gospel Gents. Guest speakers will include Tinker Bunker, sergeant at arms for American Legion Post 25, Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap and Paul Durost, 12th District commander, who will share their thoughts and memories.

The ceremony will conclude when a Coast Guard ship will lay a wreath overboard in remembrance of all who have died in service to the country.

The Emerson School Band will perform, as well as other musical guests.

Following the ceremony, there will be coffee and donuts before touring the Coast Guard ship.

In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held at the George Edwin Kirk American Legion Post 25 building at 70 Cottage St. in downtown Bar Harbor.

At 1 p.m., the Bar Harbor Garden Club will be having a memorial and tree dedication at the former Glooscap pullout at the head of Mount Desert Island on Route 3.

Blue Hill

On Memorial Day weekend, Peninsula Peace & Justice invites the community to participate in the Iraq War Dead Memorial on Main Street in downtown Blue Hill.

For the 10th successive year, this memorial will be established as a visible reminder of the human cost of war. The white flags that are planted represent the lives lost in the Iraq War, in Afghanistan and in other parts of the Middle East.

A sign in the field periodically updates the number of U.S. lives lost and acknowledges the loss of more than 1.5 million civilians.

The Field of Flags is located on Main Street, between the Blue Hill Library and the Blue Hill Congregational Church, on property owned by the family of Rufus Wanning, a longtime supporter of area peace organizations.

The event will take place on Saturday, May 24, from 10 a.m. to noon. Everyone is invited to participate in part or all of this action. The rain date is Sunday, May 25.

For more information, contact 326-4405.

Blue Hill’s Memorial Day parade will start at 10 a.m. Monday at the Duffy Wescott Post 85 American Legion Hall.

Veterans are invited to march or ride in the vehicles available. Children are invited to decorate their bicycles and join the procession.

The parade will proceed down Main Street to the Seaside Cemetery with a stop at the Mill Brook bridge to throw a wreath into the bay. There will be a short service and gun salute to honor those lost at sea.

Once at the cemetery, a prayer and gun salute will be conducted and “Taps” will be played at the Civil War monument.

Brooklin

Brooklin’s annual Memorial Day parade starts at 9 a.m.

It will travel from the school driveway to the town office, where there will be a brief service. Everyone is invited to participate.

Bucksport

The town of Bucksport’s Memorial Day parade will start at 4 p.m. at the American Legion Hall on Elm Street. Parade participants will begin to gather there at 3:30.

The parade will proceed down Elm Street, turning onto Franklin Street and then Mechanic Street before turning onto Main Street.

From the intersection of Mechanic and Main, the parade will proceed the length of Main Street, ending at the Veterans Memorial by the traffic light.

Castine

Castine’s Memorial Day parade will start at 10 a.m. on Court Street at the Court Street entrance to the cemetery. Parade participants will gather there at 9:45.

The parade will go through the cemetery. After observances there, it will proceed to the town common and from there to the town dock.

Cherryfield

Memorial Day exercises in Cherryfield have been scheduled for May 26 at 1 p.m. at the Charles Wakefield Memorial Bandstand.

In case of rain, the program will be held in the Legion Hall. A parade to Stewart Park will follow at 2 p.m. for a salute to the war dead at sea.

The parade marches next to the Civil War monument in the old Pine Grove Cemetery for the salute to the war dead on land. A free supper follows for all marchers, veterans and next of kin of deceased veterans.

Deer Isle

A Memorial Day observance will be held at the Mill Pond on Bridge Street at 10 a.m.

Franklin

A 5 a.m. sunrise ceremony at the flagpole in Bayview Cemetery on Route 182 will be followed by breakfast at the Franklin Veterans Club from 6:30 to 8:30. The breakfast is open to all at no charge, but contributions are welcome.

Parade line-up is at 9 a.m., with the parade getting under way at 9:30 and proceeding west to Memorial Square at the intersection of routes 182 and 200.

A 10 a.m. ceremony will be followed by lunch at the Veterans Club beginning at 11.

For more information or to participate in the parade and ceremonies, call Ed Jaworski at 565-3886.

Gouldsboro

The town of Gouldsboro will hold a Memorial Day service at 9 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial near the Prospect Harbor Women’s Club building.

The ceremony will be followed by refreshments.

Hancock

The town’s Memorial Day parade begins at 9:30 a.m. and will proceed from the Hancock Community Center to the Monument lot.

Lamoine

A Memorial Day ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial near the Town Hall.

Northeast Harbor

A parade sponsored by the Lurvey Wright American Legion Post starts at 10:30 a.m. at Mount Desert Elementary School in Northeast Harbor. The route continues down Main Street, into Memorial Park. There will be a brief ceremony in the Park.

A community cookout will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Village Green.

Southwest Harbor

Southwest Harbor American Legion Post 69 has scheduled its Memorial Day parade to begin with a 9 a.m. ceremony at the intersection of Main Street and the Seal Cove Road. From there a parade will travel down Main Street to Veteran’s Park in the center of town, where a veteran is to make a speech and Joe Marshall is to recite “In Flanders Fields” and the “Gettysburg Address.”

Afterward, refreshments will be available at the Legion Hall.

Surry

A ceremony will be held at the Surry Memorial Park at 1 p.m.

Waldo County

Memorial Day parades and observances will take place in:

• Searsport at 9 a.m. (beginning at the Searsport Police and Fire Departments building).

• Stockton Springs at 10:30 a.m. (beginning on the town’s Main Street).

Prospect at noon (beginning on Route 1A, near Prospect Center).

Winter Harbor

The town’s Memorial Day parade begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Winter Harbor IGA and will proceed to Memorial Park alongside the former town office.

The ceremony will include musical performances by local students, a wreath-laying and a talk by retired Marine Corps officer Aimee Lessard.

The Acadia Women’s Club will offer refreshments following the event at the Masonic Lodge on School Street.

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