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Memorial Day Parades in Central and Mid-Coast Maine

  • Albion: Parade will begin at 9 a.m. at the Besse Building.
  • Anson: Parade will start at 10 a.m. at the Anson School and continue across the bridge into Madison. Services will be held in Anson, Madison, East Madison and Starks. Cadets from NCB3 Battalion, US Naval Sea Cadet Corps will provide the color guard for all events.
  • Bingham: Ceremony in the Old Free Meeting House begins at 10 a.m. with a parade to follow.
  • Belfast: 8 a.m. VFW Post 3108, American Legion Post 43 and AMVETS Post 6829 will hold a short service at the World War II memorial located beside the American Legion, then go to the VFW and hold another short service for the memorial located there. 10 a.m., parade, down Main Street to the waterfront for a final service, stopping at Grove Cemetery along the way.
  • Brunswick-Topsham: Topsham Observance, 8:30 a.m.,Topsham Town Hall. Topsham Parade, 9:00 a.m., Main St. Topsham. Brunswick Parade, 10:15 a.m., Maine St. Brunswick. Brunswick Observance, 11:00 a.m., Gazebo, Brunswick Mall.
  • Bucksport: Parade begins at 4 p.m. at the American Legion Post on Elm Street. The parade will continue past the post office on Main Street and end at Veterans Park near the bridge to Verona Island where a brief ceremony will be held.
  • Camden: 8 a.m., Color guard formation, American Legion Hall, 91 Pearl St. 9 a.m., Wreath ceremony at the harbor with honor guard rifle salute, Camden Hills Regional High School band plays taps and Navy hymn, Camden Public Landing. 9:30 a.m., Parade (participants line up at Seventh Day Adventist Church on Camden Street), travel north on Route 1 with stops for taps at the Conway Monument, Village Green and Harbor Park, and then continue to Mt. View Cemetery for a brief ceremony. All veterans are welcome to walk during the parade. 5 p.m., Down East Singers’ annual Memorial Day concert, Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St.
  • China: Parade at 10 a.m. at the fire station.
  • Dexter: Memorial services honoring deceased veterans at the Veterans Memorial Park on Dam Street by the Legion and the VFW. The Memorial Day Address will be followed by musical selections by the Dexter Regional High School band. Local Scout groups, all veterans, active members of the armed forces and any organizations are especially invited to participate in the parade. The parade will assemble in the Municipal Parking Lot behind the Bangor Savings Bank and leave at 10 Main Street to Church Street to Dam Street to end at the Veterans Memorial Park. Following the memorial services at the Park the parade will re-assemble on Dam and Grove Streets and march back to the starting point at the parking lot. The Veterans of Foreign Wars will serve a lunch after the parade at the VFW home on Cedar Street.
  • Dover-Foxcroft: Parade starts at 10:00 a.m. at Dave’s World, moves to Monument Square for the memorial, then continue on the bridge with a wreath ceremony for those who passed away at sea. The Foxcroft Academy Marching Band will take part in the parade, along with other local businesses.
  • Fairfield: Parade begins at 11 a.m. at the Community Center, proceeds down Main Street, to Western Avenue, to Maplewood Cemetery. The event in hosted by Grover Hinckley American Legion and will feature Lawrence High School marching band and Fairfield/Benton Fire & Rescue.
  • Gardiner: Parade, 10:00 a.m. Brunswick Ave., Armory to Common
  • Litchfield: Parade starts at 9 a.m. Monday at Central Fire Station and ends at the Litchfield Plains Cemetery on Plains Road.
  • Monmouth/N. Monmouth: a Memorial service and ceremony at the North Monmouth War Monument beside the Mill Pond near the Tex-Tech Mill on North Main St. at 9:00 a.m. In past years a short parade was held in North Monmouth on Memorial Day, but this year the only parade will be held in the main Village of Monmouth. The Community Memorial Parade will commence from Cumston Hall at 10:00 a.m. and proceed down Main St. to the Museum, then back to the Veteran’s Memorial Monument across from the Police Department where another Memorial ceremony featuring music from the Monmouth Academy Band and local vocalists will be held. Prior to the Memorial Day activities the Monmouth Fire Department will be hosting a breakfast at the Central Fire Station on Main St. from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. to benefit our brave and dedicated Volunteer Firefighters.
  • Newport: Parade begins at 9 a.m. in Gilman Electric parking lot, located on Route 2/Main Street near the traffic lights. The parade will step off at 10 a.m. sharp, with the route planned for Main and Elm Streets. The Nokomis JROTC will lead the parade with National Colors. The Nokomis Regional High Senior and Junior Bands will provide the parade music. The parade will stop on the Donald Sidney Skidgel Memorial Bridge, where the National Anthem will be played. The parade will end at Newport American Legion Post 105 hall on North Street. Food and refreshments will be offered at no cost there after the parade.
  • Norridgewock: Parade starts at 9 a.m. at Osoola Park. A short program will be held.
  • Oakland: Parade begins at 10 a.m. at Messalonskee High School. Line up starts at 9:30am. The parade will leave MHS, proceed down Pleasant Street to Main Street to Church Street, ending at the Belgrade Road cemetery. The event will be capped off with a barbecue at Post 51.
  • Pittsfield: Parade will line up at 9 a.m. at the former Corner Cupboard parking lot on North Main Street, with the parade stepping off at 10 a.m. Warsaw Middle School Band will march and play during the parade. The group will stop on the bridge to throw a wreath in the water, honoring Navy sailors who have died. The parade will march down Main Street, with pauses planned at the Veterans Monument in Veterans Park and at the Civil War Statue, located at the Pittsfield Memorial Library. The Maine Central Institute Band will perform at that point. Continuing on to the Village Cemetery on Peltoma Avenue, a final ceremony will be held. Everyone who marches will meet at the Sebasticook Valley Elks Lodge at 26 Middle Street for refreshments after the parade.
  • Richmond: Members of the Richmond American Legion Post 132 plan to visit nine local cemeteries starting on Monday at 7:30 a.m. They put wreaths at monuments at all the monuments and wreath-laying at medal of honor winners in their respective cemeteries. The parade starts at 11 a.m. on Monday at Richmond Junior-Senior High School and heads down Main Street. It ends at waterfront park on the Kennebec River, with a ceremony following. A wreath will be put in the river.
  • Rockland: 10:30 a.m., Parade (participants assemble at Boston Financial at 9:30 a.m.), from Boston Financial parking lot, travel along Main Street stopping at Chapman Park for the ceremony and continuing to the intersection of routes 1 and 17. In addition to Master of Ceremonies Walker Hutchins and Marshal Rev. Linda Campbell, participating units include Maine State Police, Knox County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Coast Guard Color Guard color guards will join members of the U.S. Marine Corp, American Legion and Veterans of the Armed Services, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and the Bay Winds North Wind Ensemble. A fly over by the Owls Head Transportation Museum is slated to occur during the parade. All veterans, children on decorated bicycles and musicians are invited to join the parade.
  • Rockport: 11 a.m., Parade, from the post office in the village to Amesbury Cemetery, Pleasant Street.
    Searsmont: 9 a.m., Parade (participants gather at 8 a.m. at the community center), beginning at Appleton Ridge Road/Community Center on Route 131, proceeding to the bridge and then a wreath laying at the memorial at New England Road with a flag-raising ceremony. The parade then will continue through the town along Route 131 to the post office.
  • Searsport: 9 a.m., Parade leaves Dan Rich Public Safety Building and proceeds to the Civil War Monument across from Penobscot Marine Museum. After a brief ceremony, the parade will proceed to Mosman Park for a memorial ceremony.
  • Sidney: Parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Transfer Station Drive and end at the town office, where there will be a ceremony to rededicate the town’s memorial site, laying of the wreath, and an awards presentation. Paving bricks with Sidney veterans names inscribed will be on display. Following the memorial ceremonies, a community celebration with barbecue will be held.
  • Skowhegan: Parade will begin at 10 am. Veteran groups, little league teams, community bands, ATVs, classic cars, fire trucks and more will participate. Flags will be distributed prior to the event. Parade line-up begins at 9:15 a.m. on Dyer Street and U.S. Route 201, proceed south, intersecting with Water Street, proceed through downtown to Skowhegan Veterans Park where a ceremony will be held.
  • St. Albans: Parade and ceremony with parade music provided by the combined Sebasticook Valley Middle School and Somerset Valley Middle School marching bands kicking off at 10 a.m. at the Indian Stream Hardware parking lot, and proceed to the Cemetery Road for Taps and a Firing Squad. The parade will then travel up Main Street to the Monument for the laying of the wreath, Taps, Firing Squad and a prayer. To complete the route, the parade will march around St. Albans town square to their starting point.
  • Togus: Veterans and the general public are invited to the Togus National Veterans Cemetery. Local Veterans’ organizations, Maine National Guard and VA Maine HCS staff will participate in wreath laying ceremonies in both Togus cemeteries. Participants will meet in the Building 205 parking lot at 7:45 a.m.
  • Unity: Parade begins on School Street in the lot next to Downeast Credit Union at 9 a.m.
  • Waterville: Parade starts at 10 a.m. until noon. The parade route will be from the Hathaway parking lot, marching around the Levine’s building and up Main Street to Appleton Street, ending at Veterans’ Memorial Park.
  • Winthrop: Parade begins at 10 a.m. top of Main Street, Audette’s Hardware, Pump House Road. Ceremony middle of Main Street downtown, in the middle of the parade, in front of municipal parking on Main Street and continues to American Legion Hall Post 40 on Bowdoin Road.

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