Prayer services will be held at 12 Catholic cemeteries in Aroostook County over Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27, as follows: 11:30 a.m. May 26, St. Mark’s Cemetery, Ashland; 9:30 a.m. May 27, Old Holy Rosary Cemetery, Caribou; 10 a.m. May 27, New Holy Rosary Cemetery, Caribou; noon May 26, St. Denis Cemetery, Fort Fairfield; after 6 p.m. Mass May 26, Old St. Mary’s Cemetery, Houlton; 9 a.m. May 27, St. Mary’s Cemetery, Houlton; after 10:30 a.m. Mass May 26, St. Agnes Cemetery, Island Falls; noon May 26, St. Louis Cemetery, Limestone; 6:30 p.m. May 25, Sacred Heart Cemetery, North Caribou; 10 a.m. May 26, Our Lady of the Lake Cemetery, Portage; 9 a.m. May 27, St. Mary’s Cemetery, Presque Isle; 5 p.m. May 26, St. Theresa’s Cemetery, Stockholm; 1 p.m. May 27, at Northern Maine Veterans Cemetery, Caribou.
BANGOR — For 18 years, the walking stick program at Cole Land Transportation Museum has inspired hundreds of veterans to participate in Bangor’s annual parades. What started out as a gift for only World War II veterans has now put Maine-made maple walking sticks in the hands of more than 8,300 veterans statewide.
Volunteers continue to distribute the walking sticks to Maine veterans at the museum, and those with the sticks who take part in the Memorial Day Parade will receive a reflective red-white-and-blue sticker for their sticks before the parade begins at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 27, on Exchange Street. Streets affected by the parade route will be closed beginning at 10 a.m.
World War II veterans have received stickers for their walking sticks every year, said museum founder Galen Cole, and that small gift has remained popular. He said he hopes that the addition of a separate sticker for the rest of the veterans — Korean War, Vietnam War and Global War on Terror — will keep them turning out for the parade and swell the ranks of marching veterans.
Maine veterans who have walking sticks and will participate in the parade are invited to bring their walking sticks beginning at 9 a.m. May 27 to the undercover entrance to The First bank at 145 Exchange St. to receive their special sticker from Cole museum volunteers.
Cyr buses will be available for veterans to ride in the parade if they are unable to walk the half-mile route. The buses also will bring participating veterans back to Exchange Street after the parade.
The parade route is as follows: Departs from York and Exchange streets and travels across Harlow Street to Central Street, down Central Street to Main Street , through the intersection at Union Street and ends at Davenport Park (Cedar Street). A brief memorial service will take place in the park.
Walking sticks are available free to Maine veterans who served in one of the four war eras. Those eligible should bring proof of ID and their DD-214 or military ID 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily to Cole Land Transportation Museum at 405 Perry Road in Bangor.
The museum will sponsor its annual Memorial Day program beginning at noon on Perry Road. The Bangor High School Band will play patriotic music, and band boosters will sell hot dogs, hamburgers, soda and whoopie pies.
Veterans attending with their walking stick will receive a free hot dog or hamburger and soda. Children attending the program at the museum will receive a free keepsake American flag with base.
Those who bring lawn chairs will receive upfront seating for the 1 p.m. program featuring Maine’s adjutant general, Brig. Gen. James D. Campbell.
Activities will conclude by 2 p.m., Cole said, and those attending may visit the museum free after the program.
Bangor International Airport will hold a short memorial service at 10 a.m. Friday, May 24, on the first floor of the domestic building for the Troop Greeters who have died in the past year, followed by the unveiling of the new sign at the Troop Greeter Appreciation Pavilion and Garden.
Light refreshments at American Legion Hall, 200 Congress Ave., 7 a.m May 27.; services at Oak Grove Cemetery, 8 a.m.; ceremony at Waterfront Park, 9:30 a.m.; parade begins at 10:30 a.m. at American Legion Hall, goes along Centre and Front streets, and finishes at Library Park at the corner of Front and Summer streets around 11:30 a.m.
Observance begins at Monument Place, Topsham, 8:30 a.m. May 27; parade leaves at 9 a.m., heading to Brunswick, where it ends with another observance.
Parade begins at Route 77 intersection with Old Ocean House and Fowler roads, 9 a.m. May 27; parade route is north on Route 77 to Scott Dyer Road and concludes with a ceremony at the War Veterans Memorial. Parade will be held unless “it is pouring rain.”
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In a continuation of the partnership that began last year, Wreaths Across America is working with media communications students at Hancock County Technical Center to honor America’s heroes. “A Night of Students Honoring Veterans” will be held at 7 p.m. May 24 at The Grand in Ellsworth. The celebration, with special words from first lady Ann LePage, is the culmination of a documentary project based on students’ experiences participating in last year’s convoy from the Pine Tree State to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. WAA’s mission is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies and events at Arlington, and more than 800 other locations across America and overseas.
The 148th Memorial Day Observance will be held in Dennysville beginning at 8:30 a.m. Monday, May 27, at the Dennysville-Edmunds Congregational Church with a short service including patriotic songs, reading of Revolutionary War veterans’ names, story of a veteran and prayer.
The parade will form in the churchyard and proceed to the Dennysville Cemetery with stops at the monument and at the Upper Bridge. At various points on the journey, wreaths will be laid, patriotic songs sung and veterans’ names read. A bus will be provided for those who wish to ride the route from the church to the cemetery. Refreshments at the parish hall.
Memorial services will be held Monday, May 27, at Veterans Memorial Park on Dam Street near the Legion and the VFW. Town Manager Linda-Jean Briggs will deliver the memorial address. Musical selections by the Dexter Regional High School band will follow the memorial ceremony.
Local Scout groups, all veterans, active members of the armed forces and any organizations are especially invited to participate in the parade. Vehicles are welcome in the parade for those unable to march. Several convertibles will be available for anyone wishing to honor our veterans by riding in the parade.
The parade will assemble in the municipal parking lot behind Bangor Savings Bank and leave at 10 a.m. entering Lower Main Street, proceed to Main Street to the traffic light; turn onto Church Street and march to Dam Street and Veterans Memorial Park for memorial service. The parade then will reassemble on Dam and Grove streets and march back to the municipal parking lot.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars will serve a lunch after the parade at the VFW home on Cedar Street. Call Rodney Giles at 924-3589.
Parade starts at the American Legion Post, 65 Depot Road, at 10 a.m. May 27 and proceeds to Pine Grove Park on Foreside Road. Performances by the Falmouth Middle School and Falmouth High School bands and choruses. Refreshments will be served on the lawn of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.
Martin-Klein American Legion Post 133 Memorial Mass will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at St. Louis Church in Fort Kent. Veterans are asked to assemble at 3:30 p.m. behind the church. American Legion Post 133 will conduct Memorial Day Services on Sunday, May 26. Veterans who want to participate should assemble at 7 a.m. at the Fort Kent Legion Post, and participants will depart by 8 a.m. to perform ceremonies at Daigle, Wallagrass and Soldier Pond cemeteries, followed by military honors at the Soldier Pond Bridge. The Legion Post will sponsor a Memorial Day parade at 1 p.m. May 26. More than 10 organizations, including the 836th Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadet Marching Band, plan to participate. Parade participants should assemble by noon at the Northern Maine Medical Center parking lot. The parade will proceed down East Main Street to Daigle Oil filling station and then south on Pleasant Street with a pause at the two monuments across from the Fort Kent Library and the cemetery. The parade will end at Fort Kent Community High School. Refreshments will be available at the American Legion Post after the parade. Vehicles and parade floats will be available to veterans who cannot walk. Call Irvin Roy at 834-5862.
The public is invited to a service to honor veterans at 8 a.m. Monday, May 27, at the Veteran’s Memorial in Garland. Area veterans, as well as those serving in the military, are urged to attend.
Observances begin with wreath-tossing ceremony at Ewing Narrows Bridge, 10 a.m. May 27; parade begins at 11 a.m. on Lookout Point Road.
A Memorial Day ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, May 27, at the Veteran’s Memorial located on Route 1A between the town office and Holden Elementary School.
Lee Graham American Legion Post 97 will hold services for Memorial Day, May 27, with participation by Knights of Columbus Council 5524 of Lincoln/Howland and members of the Maine National Guard, on the following schedule: 8 a.m. Seboeis Plantation; 8:30 a.m. West Enfield; 8:50 a.m. Passadumkeag; 9:10 a.m. Gould’s Ridge; 9:40 a.m. Lowell; 10:05 a.m. Enfield; 10:25 a.m. Dodlin Road; 10:45 a.m. Edinburg; 11 a.m. Howland. All units and dignitaries participating in the parade will meet at 11:30 a.m. at the Howland Town Park with a parade to start at 11:45 a.m. Post 97 Auxiliary will serve breakfast from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. for all participating in the Memorial Day honors to the cemeteries.
Monroe Lions Club will sponsor a parade at 11 a.m. Memorial Day, May 27, which will travel from Monroe School to Gesner Park, Route 139.
There will be a chicken barbecue, homemade french fries, flowers for sale and homemade pies, among other items.
There will be games for the children. Rain or shine. Call 525-6621 or 525-4431.
Parade starts at Longfellow Square at 10:30 a.m. May 27 and heads down Congress Street to Monument Square, where a memorial ceremony will take place.
Lineup for Memorial Day parade will be at 11:30 a.m. a mile south on Route 1A near Webb’s red barn. Parade starts at noon, proceeds to Maple Grove Cemetery, and ends at the Veteran’s Memorial in the center of town where a ceremony will be held. Call 567-3267.
ROCKPORT, Maine — The annual Rockport Memorial Day Parade will be held at 11 a.m. May 27, starting at the village post office.
Parade begins at 10 a.m. May 27 at Scarborough High School, and follows Route 114 to U.S. Route 1, south to Manson Libby Road; ceremony at American Legion Libby-Mitchell Post No. 76, 11 a.m.
Memorial Day parade will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, May 27, beginning at Appleton Ridge Road and the community center on Route 131 and proceeding to the bridge for a wreath laying, and to the memorial at the corner of New England Road and Route 131 for a flag-raising ceremony, a few words from First Selectman Bruce Brierley and singing of the national anthem. Veterans spanning many decades will hold the seats of honor on the viewing platform. The parade then will continue through the town along Route 131 to the post office. Veterans are invited to join the marching, riding or on the viewing stand. Participants should arrive at the community center by 8 a.m. Something for everyone: antique cars, firetrucks, floats, cows, goats, horses. Call 342-5411.
Memorial Day parade, with grand marshal Kirby Hight, will begin at 10 a.m. May 27, followed by a short ceremony at Skowhegan Veterans Park on Water Street. Rain or shine. Parade lineup begins at 9:30 a.m. on Dyer Street. Groups should arrive by 9:15 a.m. The parade route will begin at the intersection of Dyer Street and Madison Avenue (Route 201) and turn left toward downtown Skowhegan, where it will take a left onto Water Street, travel through downtown, ending at Skowhegan Veterans Park. Additional event parking and float parking is available at the Catholic church just past the park on Water Street. Traffic will be stopped for the parade on the corresponding streets. There will be a ceremony after the parade. Groups that want to participate in the parade should call Skowhegan Area Chamber at 474-3621.
Parade begins at Southern Maine Community College, 10:30 a.m. May 27, and follows Broadway west to Service Monument in Mill Creek Park for a memorial ceremony.
Boots on the Ground, honoring veterans and active military personnel and their families, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25, on the grounds of Montpelier. Retired Lt. Col. Peter W. Ogden, Maine state director of Veterans Affairs, will give the keynote address. Free. Those wishing to march in the parade should arrive by 10:30 a.m. and check in with American Legion District 6 Cmdr. Ronald A. Rainfrette, who serves as master of ceremonies. Flag-raising, wreath-laying, music. Lunch follows. Rain or shine. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 354-8062.
The Forecaster contributed to this story.