FIRST SGT. RYAN HAYES of the U.S. Marine Corps furls the flag at the conclusion of a Veterans Day ceremony at the P3 Park at Brunswick Landing in this 2014 file photo. Veterans Day observances will be held throughout the Midcoast on Friday.

FIRST SGT. RYAN HAYES of the U.S. Marine Corps furls the flag at the conclusion of a Veterans Day ceremony at the P3 Park at Brunswick Landing in this 2014 file photo. Veterans Day observances will be held throughout the Midcoast on Friday.

HARPSWELL

Midcoast Veterans Day commemorations are set for Friday. Veterans Day honors the service of all U.S. military veterans. It is a federal holiday; banks, schools and post offices will be closed.

The date is in keeping with the first marking of the armistice, or truce, between the Allied European nations and the U.S. against Germany’s military forces and leaders. The agreement to stop the fighting after four years of war came on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month of 1918.

Brunswick

Veterans’ Day Weekend at Chamberlain Museum, Friday through Sunday, Nov. 11- 13. Veterans and active military and their families visit free. Special Joshua Chamberlain collection items will be on display and refreshments served. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The museum is located at the corner of Maine and Potter streets.

Veterans Weekend Jazz Fest is Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. at the George T. Files Post 20 Brunswick American Legion at 1 Columbus Drive in Brunswick. The concert is free and open to all.

Bath

On Friday, there will be a small ceremony at the Mid Coast Veterans Memorial at 11 a.m., hosted by the Pitman Morrison Post 7738 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Bath. The memorial is located at the south end boat launch on Washington Street in Bath. Call (207) 632- 5953 for more information.

The American Legion Smith-Tobey Post 21 of Bath will also be hosting a brief service at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday at the legion plot at the Oak Grove Cemetery. Those unfamiliar with the area can meet at the Post at 200 Congress Ave prior to that and follow others down. Food and refreshments will be provided afterwords. Call (207) 443-9804 for more information.

Freeport

A Veterans Day concert will start at 6 p.m. at the First Parish Church located at 40 Main St., in Freeport. Admission is free. Music is by the Regional School Unit 5 Middle School Chamber Choir, Cul De Sax, Pine Tree Coastal Winds and Greater Freeport Community Chorus. The event is sponsored by the American Legion Post 83 and First Parish Church.

Harpswell

The John Leo Murray Jr. American Legion Post 171 of Harpswell will be hosting a ceremony at the Harpswell Center across from the Elijah Kellogg Church at 11 a.m. Refreshments will be provided at the Centennial Hall following the ceremony.

Lisbon

American Legion Post 158 will serve chili all day to veterans and their families at the legion post at 10 Webster St.. The post is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Richmond

The annual Veterans Day parade will start at Richmond High School at 11 a.m. and is a rain or shine event. The school band, Boy Scouts and a Civil War reenactment group will participate. A World War II Jeep will haul a trailer carrying any veterans who may not be able to walk but who want to participate. All participants should be at the high school by 10:30 a.m. The parade will travel down Main Street (Route 197) and back to the school. Afterward, for parade participants only there will be a light snack offered at the American Legion Post 132 hall on Carding Machine Road.

Southard House Museum is holding a Free Veterans’ Day Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The gallery will feature a photo exhibit of local veterans from the Civil War to present. The museum is located at 75 Main St., on the corner of Main and Hathorn streets. There will be refreshments.

Woolwich

The town of Woolwich will be hosting a ceremony at the Nequasset Meeting House, across from the Town Office, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday to honor all veterans.


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