Saturday, May 24, will offer wonderful opportunities to learn more about, and honor the Mainers who served in, the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery in the Civil War. More than 600 soldiers of the 900-member regiment fell during the charge against part of a Confederate unit on June 18, 1864, at Petersburg, Virginia.

A ranger and historian from Petersburg National Battlefield, Ann Blumenschine, will join Civil War authors Ned Smith and Diane Smith of Holden for a program at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St. Enter by the children’s entrance, which has an elevator.

Later in the day, members of the community and descendants of the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery will read the names of those killed at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at Mount Hope Cemetery off State Street and Mount Hope Avenue in Bangor. They also will read letters written by the soldiers and families.

The program at the library is part of Reverberations, a nationwide Civil War sesquicentennial commemoration which is a project of the National Park Service, connecting three national parks in Virginia and eight communities around the country, including Bangor. The purpose of the program is to illustrate the impact the Civil War had on communities throughout the United States.

For information about the events, contact Ned and Diane Smith at 843-5063 or

For information on books written by Ned Smith and Diane Smith, check URSUS at

The Penobscot County Genealogical Society and the University of Maine Fogler Library will sponsor a tour of Fogler Library on the UMaine campus 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, beginning in Special Collections on the third floor at Fogler Library, which is right across from the Memorial Union on campus in Orono. All are welcome. You need to stop and get a parking pass at 81 Rangeley Road. For information, email Elizabeth Stevens at Bangor Public Library,

The Bangor Memorial Day Parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 26, at the junction of State and Exchange streets.

Volunteers from Cole Land Transportation Museum will be available beginning at 9 a.m. that day at the undercover entrance to The First Bank at 145 Exchange St. to apply the 2014 reflective sticker to walking sticks of World War II, Korean War and Global War on Terror veterans and military personnel who bring them before marching or riding Cyr buses in the parade.

The parade will go up Main Street to Davenport Park at the corner of Main and Cedar streets.

Walking sticks are available to Maine veterans who served in one of the four war eras for free. Those eligible should bring proof of ID and their DD-214 or military IDs between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. any day to Cole Land Transportation Museum at 405 Perry Road.

The museum will sponsor its annual Memorial Day Program again this year, beginning at noon on Perry Road. The Brewer High School band will provide patriotic music and band boosters will sell hot dogs, hamburgers, soda and whoopie pies.

Veterans attending with their walking stick will receive free hot dog or hamburger and soda. Children attending the program 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 James D. Settele, military assistant to the secretary of defense from 2001 to 2003. Retired from the U.S. Navy, Settele is director of the School of Policy and International Affairs at the University of Maine.

Activities will conclude by 2 p.m., and those attending may visit the museum free after the program.

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Roxanne Moore Saucier

Family Ties columnist