Memorial Day Events Scheduled Throughout Area



ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Memorial Day parade, which is organized by VFW Post 109, starts at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 30. Desert Storm veteran Roger Cook will be the grand marshal.

Lou Tonero, VFW Post 109 quartermaster, said participants will line up at 9 a.m. at the former Bryant E. Moore School on State Street.

“Anybody is welcome to come to it and be in it,” Tonero said.

The parade will travel from State Street to School Street to Main Street to the Union River bridge, where a ceremony will be held before the parade marches back up State Street to City Hall for another service, Tonero said.

The Ellsworth Area Color Guard, which is comprised of VFW and American Legion Post 63 members, will hold a Civil War memorial service on Bridge Hill after the parade.

Several other parades and observances are scheduled throughout the area this weekend.

The following is a partial list of events:

Blue Hill

The firing of the cannon will mark the start of Memorial Day parade at 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, at the American Legion Hall on Main Street in Blue Hill.

The parade will continue down Main Street to the Mill Brook bridge, where a brief service and gun salute will given in honor of veterans who were lost at sea.

The parade then moves to Seaside Cemetery for a prayer and gun salute. The parade will then return to the Legion Hall, where refreshments will be served.

The Ira Berry Lodge of Masons will host a public breakfast at their lodge on Main Street beginning at 6:30 a.m. and running until the start of the parade. Suggested donations will support the lodge’s scholarship fund.

Also on Memorial Day weekend, members of Peninsula Peace & Justice will re-create the Iraq War Dead Memorial on Main Street in Blue Hill.

Since 2005, this memorial has been established as a remembrance of the lives lost in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The field, which is located on the property of Rufus Wanning, is planted with white flags, each representing one U.S. soldier killed.

A sign in the field reads: “In This Place We Remember Those Lives Lost in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq.” The number of U.S. lives lost is updated periodically. The memorial also represents more than 1.3 million civilians.

Over 6,000 flags will be planted in May, including 49 Dirigo flags representing Maine soldiers killed since the invasion of Afghanistan in 2011.

The field is located between the Blue Hill Library and the Blue Hill Congregational Church. The event will take place on Saturday, May 28, from 10 a.m. to noon. Everyone is invited to participate. A rain date is planned for Sunday, May 29.

For more information, call 326-4405.

Brooklin

The town’s annual Memorial Day and parade begins at 9 a.m. with a parade starting from the Brooklin School driveway at Route 175 and traveling a short distance to the cemetery for a memorial service.

Bucksport

Bucksport’s Memorial Day parade will begin at 4 p.m. Monday. The parade will start at the American Legion Hall on Elm Street and travel east on Main Street, ending at the Veterans Memorial on the waterfront.

Following a prayer, veterans will place a wreath on the memorial and cast another in to the river. There will be a firing squad and music.

Evangel Baptist Church in Bucksport will host a free patriotic program Friday, May 27, at 6 p.m. at the church.

There will be music, poetry and acknowledgment of all branches of service. The event is sponsored by Evangel Baptist Academy.

Castine

Memorial Day observances and a parade will begin Monday, May 30, at 10 a.m. at the Court Street Cemetery. The three local churches will toll their bells in unison at 9:50 a.m., followed by a prayer.

The parade will proceed to the town common, where a prayer will be read, followed by a reading of the Gettysburg Address. From there, the parade continues to the town dock for a prayer and remarks in memory of those lost at sea will be shared.

Cherryfield

Memorial Day exercises have been scheduled in Cherryfield on Monday, May 30.

The program is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Charles Wakefield Memorial Bandstand. In case of rain, the program will be held at the Narraguagus Post 8 American Legion Hall. A parade to Stewart Park to salute the war dead at sea follows at 2 p.m.

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.

The secretary of defense invites all veterans to wear their ribbons and medals, their uniforms or caps and to render the military salute when the colors are being presented and when “Taps” is played.

Franklin

The annual parade will begin at the Trading Post at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at Memorial Park.

The Sumner Memorial High School band will play at the 10 a.m. ceremony.

The public is invited for coffee and doughnuts at the Veterans Club following the ceremony.

Gouldsboro

The annual parade will begin at Fisher Field at 9 a.m. and conclude at the town office, where there will be a brief ceremony at the veterans monument.

The public is invited for refreshments at the Prospect Harbor Women’s Club following the ceremony.

Hancock

State Rep. Richard Malaby (R-Hancock) will be the speaker at the annual Memorial Day Parade in Hancock Monday.

The parade will begin at the Hancock Women’s Club at 9:30 a.m. and end at the gazebo on the town green, where Malaby will speak. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will place wreaths on the veterans’ monuments.

The Hancock Women’s Club will host its annual open house at the community club house on Route 1 immediately following the parade.

Members may drop off their finger foods and baked goods after 8:30 a.m., when setup will occur.

All members of the community, as well as parade participants, are invited to come for refreshments following the parade and ceremonies in the park.

Stonington

Memorial Day observances organized by the American Legion Rodney Stinson Post 102 will be held Monday, May 30, beginning at 10 a.m. at the memorial in front of Camden National Bank.

The ceremony will mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, as a collection of letters written by and about men from the island towns of Deer Isle and Stonington who fought in the war will be read.

A reception for veterans and their families will be held at the Odd Fellows hall following the ceremony.

Sullivan

A short service honoring veterans will be held at Sumner Park at 10 a.m.

Surry

An observance will be held Monday, May 30, at 1 p.m. at Memorial Park in the village center. Former selectman and local historian Wilbur Saunders will read the Gettysburg Address and Harold Casey will read General Logan’s order establishing Memorial Day. They will be followed by a speaker from the American Legion.

Winter Harbor

Dr. Ben Newman will be the speaker at the annual Memorial Day parade in Winter Harbor.

The parade will begin at the Winter Harbor IGA parking lot at 10:30 a.m. and end at the veterans monument on Harbor Road.

The Acadian Women’s Club will serve refreshments following the ceremony at the Masonic Hall on School Street.

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