March 16, 2010

Towns plan ceremonies and parades to mark Memorial Day

— All observances are Monday unless otherwise noted.

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Staff Photo by John Ewing, Monday, May 21, 2001: American flags in Limerick's Tibbetts Memorial Park serve as a reminder of the approaching Memorial Day holiday. In the background is the Limerick Congregational Church.

AUGUSTA: An observance will be held at Togus National Cemetery. Participants will meet at the Building 205 parking lot at 7:45 a.m. and proceed to the west section of the cemetery for an 8 a.m. start, followed by the parade of colors, wreath-laying ceremonies, the firing of musketry and the playing of taps. The Military Funeral Honors Team, comprised of members of the Maine National Guard, will officiate.

BATH: Memorial observances will begin at 8 a.m. at Oakgrove Cemetery off Congress Avenue, and be followed by a wreath-laying ceremony on the waterfront at 9:30 a.m. and a parade beginning at 10:30 a.m. from the American Legion Smith-Tobey Post No. 21. The procession will continue along Congress Avenue, down Lincoln, Center and Front streets, and on to the Bath Library Park for additional ceremonies. The Sixth Annual ''We Remember'' service honoring soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan will begin at noon, with the reading of the names of fallen soldiers. This year a flagpole will be erected commemorating their service.

BERWICK: A parade will begin at 11 a.m. at the Town Hall at Sullivan Square and will continue to Lord's Cemetery at Berwick and Saw Mill Hill Roads for ceremonies.

BIDDEFORD/SACO: A parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Eastman Park, Main and Beach streets, Saco, and proceed to the Veterans' Memorial Bridge for a ceremony honoring service members lost at sea, up Main Street in Biddeford to Jefferson Street, and ending at Veterans Memorial Park at Pool and Alfred streets for additional ceremonies.

BRUNSWICK: Observances will begin with an 8:45 a.m. memorial service at the Topsham Monument, followed by a parade at 9 a.m. that will proceed down Main Street to the Frank Woods Bridge for a water ceremony and continue to the Brunswick Gazebo and a post-parade program at 10:30 to 10:45 a.m., followed by a final memorial and wreath-laying service at the Brunswick Memorial.

CAPE ELIZABETH: A parade will begin at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Fowler and Old Ocean House roads and will finish at the War Veteran's Memorial, where a brief ceremony and wreath-laying will take place. Those participating in the parade should meet at 8:15 a.m. at Fowler Road.

ELIOT: A parade will begin at 9 a.m. at Eliot Elementary School on State Road and proceed to Mt. Pleasant and Brooks cemeteries for ceremonies. Guest speaker is Lawrence Aielio, and the Marshwood High School Marching Band will perform.

GORHAM: A wreath-laying ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. at Little Falls. A parade will form at 10 a.m. at Village School on Robie Street. The parade will start at 11 a.m. and include a wreath-laying and a ceremony at the Eastern Cemetery on Main Street.

HARRISON: A parade will form at 9 a.m. at the United Parish Congregational Church in Harrison. A 10:30 a.m. service will be held at the church with a presentation of medals and guest speaker Jeremy Wentworth. Ice cream will be served to children after the service.

LEWISTON/AUBURN: A parade will start at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Kennedy Park in Lewiston, crossing into Auburn on Main Street past Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, circling the city plaza and returning to the park for additional ceremonies and speeches by mayors John Jenkins and Larry Gilbert and congressmen Tom Allen and Michael Michaud.

KENNEBUNK: Parade participants will gather at Town Hall for a band concert at 1:30 p.m., followed by a parade at 2 p.m. The procession will continue down Main Street to the bridge and on to war monuments for additional ceremonies.

KENNEBUNKPORT: A parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Temple Street at Dock Square and proceed to Cape Porpoise for additional ceremonies.

KITTERY: A parade will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at American Medical Response (formerly Kittery Fire Station) on Walker Street, proceeding down Wentworth Street and Shapleigh Road for a service at Orchard Grove Cemetery.

NAPLES: The American Legion will host a ceremony at 10 a.m. at the village green. Afterward, a parade will leave for the World War I monument and then the town pier.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH: A parade will begin at 1 p.m. at the Old Orchard Beach Police and Fire Station on Saco Avenue and proceed to Town Hall, right on Main Street and down First Street to Veterans Memorial Park for additional ceremonies, including a rifle salute and the playing of taps. Guest speakers include Sen. Susan Collins.

PORTLAND: A parade will leave at 10:30 a.m. from Longfellow Square and proceed to Monument Square for a ceremony.

RICHMOND: A parade will begin at 11 a.m. in front of Richmond High School on Main Street and proceed to Waterfront Park (formerly Fort Richmond Park).

SANFORD-SPRINGVALE: A water ceremony will be held at 9:45 a.m. at Number One Pond, followed by a 10 a.m. parade at the Sanford National Guard Armory, William Oscar Emery Drive, traveling to Gowen Park, left on Main Street and ending at Central Park with additional ceremonies.

SCARBOROUGH: Services will be held at 8 a.m. at Black Point Cemetery, at 8:30 a.m. at Dunstan Memorial, at 8:45 a.m. at Dunstan Cemetery, and at 9 a.m. at Blue Point Cemetery. A parade will form behind Scarborough High School at 9:30 a.m. and will proceed to the Veteran's Monument for the duration of the service, which will start at 10:15 a.m.

SOUTH BERWICK: A parade will begin at 11 a.m. at Central School on Main Street and proceed to the Memorial Monument on Route 4 for additional ceremonies.

SOUTH PORTLAND: VFW Post 832 will meet at the post, 50 Perry Terrace, at 9 a.m. Saturday with a rain date of Sunday. On Memorial Day, the VFW will depart from its post at 8 a.m. to lay wreaths at monuments. At 9:30 a.m., a parade will form at the Southern Maine Community College parking lot; at 10:30 a.m., the parade will proceed to Legion Square. At noon, a wreath-laying ceremony will be held at the South Portland public boat landing.

WATERBORO: A parade will begin at 9 a.m. at Pearl and South streets and proceed down West Road for additional ceremonies at the cemetery and Massabesic High School, located directly across the street.

WELLS/OGUNQUIT: A parade will start at Wells High School at 9 a.m. and march to Wells Corner, then to Ocean View Cemetery. The parade will re-form in Ogunquit at Bourne Lane and march at 11 a.m. It will proceed north on Shore Road to Ogunquit Square and to Ogunquit River Bridge for a remembrance ceremony and decoration of the Fireman's Memorial, then will return to Veterans Park for musical performances.

WESTBROOK: American Legion posts 62 and 197 will lead a ceremony for deceased veterans at 8 a.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery. Parade participants are asked to meet at 9:30 a.m. at Legion Post 62. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and proceed up Longfellow and Main streets to Riverbank Park, where the ceremony will begin, including a recitation of the Gettysburg Address. All veterans are welcome to march in the parade, and there will be a flatbed truck provided for those who can't walk.

WINDHAM: A parade will start at 9:15 a.m., proceeding from School Street down Route 202 to Windham High School, where a memorial service will begin at 10 a.m.

YORK: A parade will begin at 9 a.m. at St. Christopher Church on Route 1A, featuring stops for ceremonies at war memorials and cemeteries along the way, ending at First Parish Church Cemetery.

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