BELFAST, Maine — Veterans and Belfast-area residents observed Memorial Day on Monday with wreath-laying ceremonies and a parade to the downtown waterfront.
The observances began early Monday with brief ceremonies at the local VFW and American Legion halls. The veterans groups then were joined by members of the Belfast Area High School band for a parade beginning at the Renys parking lot.
Representatives from the VFW Randall-Collins Post 3108 and the Frank D. Hazeltine American Legion Post 43 then marched to Grove Cemetery. Wreaths were laid at three memorials in the cemetery: one for Civil War veterans, another for local residents killed during World War I and a third devoted to all veterans.
At each location, VFW quartermaster William Pollock read a prayer for those who gave their lives for the country, followed by a gun salute and the playing of taps by a trumpeter.
The parade group then made its way down Main Street past groups of onlookers as the band played patriotic music. The parade ended at the downtown waterfront, where a wreath was dropped into Belfast Harbor.
More than a dozen members of the veterans groups, their family members and several dozen members of the Belfast Area High School’s band participated in the ceremonies.