On Saturday, May 27, starting at 2 p.m., traditional tunes of the British Isles will be performed on the parade grounds of Fort William Henry, at the Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site, by a kilted band from Ellsworth, to open Memorial Day weekend. The event will include commentary and a salute to those who have served the nation.
The Twin Villages Memorial Day parade will start at 11 a.m., Monday, May 29. All participants should be ready to assemble at The Lincoln County News parking lot, 116 Mills Road, Newcastle, at 10:30 a.m.
Any veteran who would like to march or ride in the parade is asked to contact American Legion members Stanley Wall (563-3014) or Roy Benner Sr. (563-3492).
The parade will follow the usual route from Mills Road to Main Street to the Damariscotta Baptist Church, with stops for memorial ceremonies at Newcastle’s Veterans Memorial Park and on the Twin Villages bridge.
Local organizations are welcome to participate, but the following restrictions apply: political, religious, fundraising, or promotional displays; offensive signs; alcohol; fireworks; and throwing of items from vehicles or floats are not allowed.
Anyone who operates a float must be over 18 years old and fully licensed and insured. Riders on floats must be in secure and safe positions. Walkers must be a safe distance from moving vehicles and animals must be under control at all times.
Ceremonies begin at 11 a.m., Monday, May 29 at the flagpole on the parade ground of the 1761 Pownalborough Courthouse.
After a call to order, those attending will proceed a few hundred yards to the courthouse cemetery. There, veterans of three wars will be remembered through spoken words and the placing of lilac blooms and white pine tassels upon the graves.
Afterward, everyone will return to the flagpole for the raising of the colors to full staff, followed by a gun salute given by the living historians.
On Monday, May 29, at 1 p.m., the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church will pay tribute to the servicemen and servicewomen who have died defending the United States and its values.
The sacrifice of the servicemen and servicewomen will be observed and commemorated by the ringing of the Paul Revere Bell. The event will also offer an opportunity to recognize the contributions of Matthew Cottrill and James Kavanagh, the founders of the church. Members of the public are invited to join in remembering those who have fought and died for this country.
The Waldoboro Memorial Day parade and ceremony will take place on Monday, May 29, rain or shine, beginning promptly at 9 a.m.
The parade will begin in the parking lot of the municipal building, cross over Route 1 and continue down Jefferson Street, turn right on Main Street, and go down the hill to the monument at Pine Street. Veterans from campaigns in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq are invited to participate and ride in decorated vehicles. Students are more than welcome to walk in the parade holding a flag donated by the American Legion.
Waldoboro: ice cream for vets
Total Victory Ice Cream, 65 Washington Road, will be dispensing free ice cream to all military personnel and veterans Friday-Monday this Memorial Day Weekend. It will be a family event with toys and friendly competitions for entertainment. The shop is open from 3-7 p.m.
A flag-raising will be held at Veterans Park at the town house at 10 a.m., followed by a program inside about World War I veterans from Whitefield.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, May 29, at the veterans monument in front of the municipal building at 9 a.m.