The Waldoboro Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony will take place Monday, May 28, rain or shine, beginning promptly at 9 a.m., with the parade lineup at 8 a.m. at the Waldoboro town municipal parking lot.
The parade will cross over Route 1 and follow 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, Desert Storm, and the Afghanistan and Iraq wars are invited to participate and ride in decorated vehicles.
Heading the parade will be Waldoboro Town Manager Julie Keizer, followed by Grand Marshal Robert Beck and his wife, Judy; Alva Moody; the Lincoln County Color Guard; the Waldoboro American Legion Color Guard; the Firing Squad; fire department marchers; Boy Scouts; Girl Scouts; baseball Little Leagues; vintage cars and trucks; emergency vehicles; and fire trucks.
The Medomak Valley High School Band, directed by Peter Stewart, will also march in the parade playing select songs and “Taps” at the monument.
This year’s speaker will be Post No. 149 Commander Jeremey Miller, a Gulf War Navy veteran.
The ceremony invocation will be given by Minister of Music Tim Connelly, of the Word of Life Church in Waldoboro. Connelly will also sing the national anthem and “God Bless America” at the conclusion of the ceremony.
Decorated wreaths will be placed at the municipal building monument, the American Legion hall, and the Pine Street memorial. Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Donna Wallace will carry a ceremonial wreath to toss into the Medomak River.
Students are invited to march in the parade with decorated bicycles, scooters, or wagons in a red, white, and blue theme, or if students would like to walk in the parade holding a flag donated by the American Legion, they are welcome to do so.
Special thanks go to area businesses for their donations to help make this a very special parade.