ROCKLAND, Maine — Citizens turned out in large numbers as Rockland honored its war dead on Memorial Day.
State Rep. Edward Mazurek, D-Rockland, addressed the crowd of a few hundred who attended a ceremony at Chapman Park, and later at Winslow-Holbrook Park on the opposite corner of the intersection of Park and Main streets. Hundreds more lined Main Street for the annual parade.
Mazurek expressed gratitude toward those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
“They made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can gather here today as a free people,” he said.
Rockland Poet Laureate Carol Bachofner read “New England Dead” by Isaac McLellan.
Branches of all the military participated in the Rockland ceremony including members of the Rockland Coast Guard station.
The formal dedication of the Winslow-Holbrook Veterans Memorial Park followed at the opposite corner of the intersection of Park and Main streets. The park is named after two Rockland men who died in World War I.