Ray Lane (left), a Surry resident and Korean War veteran who died March 7, was a regular fixture at Ellsworth VFW Post 109’s Memorial Day ceremonies, including this one last year. Ellsworth’s Memorial Day parade steps off at 10 a.m. Monday, May 27, and will be followed by ceremonies on the Union River Bridge and City Hall lawn. FILE PHOTO

Memorial Day events planned

ELLSWORTH — Communities throughout the area will observe Memorial Day with parades and other ceremonies on Monday, May 27.

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 there will be a wreath-laying 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.

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


Addison’s Memorial Day activities begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 27, at the Mayhew Library on Water Street.

A procession will then head to the town landing for a ceremony tossing a wreath into the water. The ceremony will be led by VFW Post 11553 of Harrington.

After that, the group will proceed to Church Hill Cemetery for a flag-raising, speakers and bagpipes. A bus will be available for those who don’t want to walk.

Refreshments will be served afterward at the Town Hall.

Bar Harbor

The Bar Harbor Garden Club will be holding a Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 27, at 11 a.m. at the Blue Star Memorial Marker.

The marker is located 1/3 of a mile from the head of Mount Desert Island on Route 3. The public, especially veterans, are invited and encouraged to attend.

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.


There will be a Memorial Day parade that starts at 4 p.m. at the American Legion Hall on Elm Street.

The parade will start lining up at 3:30 in the area where Elm Street meets Summer Street by the ballfield.

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 by bridge.

A service will be held at the end of the parade. Wreaths will be laid on the memorial and in the Penobscot River.


A Memorial Day observance is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Cherryfield American Legion Post 8, located at 8 Main St.

Following the ceremony, there will be a procession to Stewart Park and then to the Pine Grove Cemetery.

Refreshments will be served at the American Legion hall after the event.


Memorial Day activities in Franklin on Monday, May 27, will begin with a flagpole service at 6 a.m. at Bayview Cemetery.

A parade is scheduled for 10:30 from the Franklin Veterans Club to the Memorial Park, followed by a service at 11 at the park.

That will be followed by a community block party and potluck at the Veterans Club at 11:30.

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


The Gouldsboro Memorial Day parade begins at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 27, at Fisher Field and will march down Main Street, Prospect Harbor to the Woman’s Club, where a Memorial Day ceremony will be held.

In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside the building.

Pets are welcome, as are floats, riding your bicycle or motorcycle or driving a vehicle. Patriotic color decorations are encouraged.

The guest speaker will be Linda Lajoie, founder of the Silhouette Project. This project strives to increase awareness of the veteran suicide epidemic.

Parade lineup is at 8 a.m. at Fisher Field.

For questions or parade participation information, call 963-7423.


A Memorial Day parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. It will begin at the Hancock Woman’s Club, across from the post office. Line-up is at 9:30.

The parade will go down Route 1 to the gazebo where, afterward, there will be a speaker and small ceremony.


A ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Lamoine’s Veterans Memorial.

Taking part in the ceremony will be Charles “Linwood” Brann, a Korean War veteran who just went on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.


A ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at Sumner Park. Pastor Norm Bamford will lead the ceremony and procession to the bridge for the prayer and release of the wreath into Taunton Bay. Bruce Munger will lead a sing-along of patriotic music at the gazebo. Andrea St. George Jones will read a poem. Coffee, hot chocolate and cookies will be served.


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.

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