On Saturday, May 26, 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, St. Andrew’s Pipes & Drums, to open Memorial Day weekend. The free 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 28. All participants should be ready to assemble at The Lincoln County News parking lot, 116 Mills Road, Newcastle, at 10:30 a.m.
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 28 at the flagpole on the parade ground of the 1761 Pownalborough Court House.
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 though 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.
A dedication of veteran soldiers will take place on Monday, May 28 at 8:30 a.m. at Sand Hill Cemetery. David Greer will speak and Pastor Brian Ritchie will lead in prayer.
The Waldoboro Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony will take place on Monday, May 28, rain or shine, beginning promptly at 9 a.m.
Heading the parade will be Waldoboro Town Manager Julie Keizer, followed by Grand Marshal Robert Beck.
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.
Ray “Butch” Joslyn, who served in U.S. Navy intelligence during the Vietnam War, will speak at the Whitefield Historical Society’s annual Memorial Day program on Monday, May 28, upstairs above the Whitefield town office, at 36 Townhouse Road.
A flag-raising ceremony, a pledge of allegiance to the U.S. flag, and a singing of the national anthem will take place outside beforehand at the Veteran’s Memorial at 10 a.m. Following the ceremonies, Joslyn will speak.
Refreshments will be served after the program.