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    1938: Massed military and patriotic organizations at the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in Monument Square following the Memorial Day parade. As many as 20,000 people watched the parade in Portland.

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    1938: Junior Auxiliary of the Stewart P. Morrill Post, American Legion marches on Memorial Day in South Portland.

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    1938: Children holding flags at a Memorial Day parade. The exact location in Maine is unknown.

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    1939: Memorial Day parade halts at Portland City Hall for ceremonies. Colonial Theater, 422 Congress St., at background right.

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    1939: In celebration of Memorial Day, the color guard of Deering High School marches on Congress Street followed by Drum Major Walter Sullivan and the school band. Marching beside the band, clad in white is the band’s director, James Gaudreau. The band is in front of Motley Block, Owen Moore Department Store and Mechanics Hall.

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    1940: Memorial Day Parade, Main Street, Westbrook.

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    1940: Memorial Day procession on street.

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    1940: Memorial Day observance on Monument Square, high angle view from south, with Novick Building in background.

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    1940: High-angle view of Main Street, Westbrook, near Brackett Street. Memorial Day parade.

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    1940: Marching jauntily between lines of now flat-footed veterans of the war of 20 years ago is Horace J. Whelton, Jr. of 379 1/2 Congress St. The lad, smartly in step, is wearing a small size edition of the uniform of the Ralph D. Caldwell Post, American Legion, the post with which he is marching.

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    1940: Memorial Day observance at City Hall Plaza.

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    1941: Portland's last four surviving Civil War veterans pose at the foot of the monument before the flags of the Boy Scouts color guard. Left to right are: Oliver N. Leavitt, 97, Dr. Bertrand Dunn, 98, Charles H. Emmons, 99 and James I. Johnson, 99 honored their comrades who gave their lives for the Union.

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    1941: Men and women of the GAR societies mount the steps of the Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument with the rest of the parade at attention to place wreaths on the shrine of Portland’s Civil War dead.

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    1941: The Catholic Action Crusaders of St. Hyacinthe Church, Westbrook, march along Main Street in Westbrook’s annual Memorial Day parade.

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    1941: Memorial Day ceremony at Deering High School courtyard, viewed from roof of Deering High School. Stevens Avenue in background, with Oakhust Dairy delivery truck.

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    1941: Bath’s own Battery D of the 240th Regiment, Coast Artillery, now in the federal service, wheels as the line of march reaches a street corner.

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    1941: Memorial plaque and boulder being unveiled in Ralph Ulmer Square in memory of Spanish War Veterans in Rockland on Memorial Day. At left is Christine Roberts, 6, center, Ruth Roberts, 9, who placed the wreath, and right, Gilbert Kirk, 6, who aided Christine in the unveiling. In background and to sides are veterans of different wars. The Roberts children’s grandfather was a Spanish War veteran.

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    1941: Memorial Day parade, at Congress Square, viewed from west. Walgreen's Drug Store, at left. H.H. Hay at right.

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    1942: Soldiers in Bath marching south on Oak Grove Avenue towards Lincoln Street with a passel little boys on Memorial Day.

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    1942: A bird’s eye view of military units, bands and civilians at City Hall Plaza listening to the Memorial Day address of Under Secretary of War Robert P. Patterson..

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    1942: In top form, the South Portland High School band blares forth martial music on Cottage Road for the 500 marchers who participated in the five-hour ceremonies.

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    1942: A contingent of the 240th Coast Artillery adds a military touch to the South Portland Memorial Day services.

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    1942: Portland turned out by the thousands to see the Memorial Day parade. This motorized unit gives an idea of what a modern army looks like on the move.

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    1944: George W. Jones, 94, of Oxford, national commander-in-chief of the GAR and honorary marshal of the parade sits next to his unidentified 'driver.' In the back seat is Henry Towle of Portland, a past commander-in-chief of Shepley Camp, Sons of Union Veterans.

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    1944: Full view of Monument Square on Memorial Day, taken from Novick Building with a view of Middle Street from Western Union to Center Street.

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    1944: At Woodlawn Cemetery, Cumberland Mills, Edwin W. Richardson, Jr., 5, son of Lt. Col. Edwin W. Richardson, a member of the Third Battalion, 141st Infantry, places a basket of flowers on the grave of his great-great-grandfather, George L. Stevens, who served in the Civil War with the 30th Regiment, Maine Volunteers, and was killed at Baton Rouge, La. in 1864. Lt. Col. Richardson holds the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in Italy and the Silver Star for his part in the drive to bridge the Rapido River.

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    1944: Thousands of Portland citizens applauded George H. Jones, 94, of Oxford who was the honorary marshal of the parade as he and his natty driver, Stella Zajac, WAC, jolted down Congress Street from Longfellow Square to Monument Square. Jones cheerfully waved a gnarled hand in acknowledgment.

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    1945: Standing at attention while the parade marches by are John and Barbara Jane Gardner and Harold Wheeler who came all the way from 88 Pillsbury St., South Portland, to see the parade.

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    1948: Weston L. Davis, a veteran, marches with his granddaughter, Barbara Ann Peavey along with William W. Ruby, a Spanish War veteran, in the Memorial Day parade, on Congress Street. Mechanics Hall is in the background at right.

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