Memorial Day events: Rockland, St. George, Thomaston, Union, Waldoboro, Warren

May 25, 2012
Children throw flowers into the river in Warren on Memorial Day 2011 to remember those lost at sea.

Rockland

The city of Rockland will observe Memorial Day on Monday, May 28 at 10:30 a.m. with a ceremony and parade.

Units participating in the parade will assemble at Boston Financial at 9:30 a.m. The parade will travel along Main Street stopping at Chapman Park for the Memorial Day Ceremony. Units participating in the ceremony and the parade include: Master of Ceremonies Walker Hutchins, Rep. Ed Mazurek, units from the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps League, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Maine State Police, American Legion, veterans of the Armed Services, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Rockland’s Poet Laureate Carol Bachofner, and the Bay Winds North Wind Ensemble. The Parade Committee invites all veterans, children on decorated bicycles, and musicians to join the parade line-up.

Girl Scout Troop 2117 will be collecting cell phones for soldiers. The girls will collect used cell phones for soldiers along the parade route.

Musicians wishing to participate in the parade with Bay Winds North are asked to call Marlene Hall at 594-8047.

The parade will travel down Main Street to the intersection of Route 1 and Route 17.

Immediately following the ceremony, the public is encouraged to cross the street for a short dedication ceremony for the granite monument at Winslow-Holbrook Park, honoring the only two soldiers from Rockland to die in World War I. Mayor Brian Harden will speak and an invocation will be offered. Ferraiolo Construction donated the piece of granite, and Bob Williams of Brooks Monuments attached the plaque.

St. George

The St. George Memorial Day parade will begin at 9 a.m. in Tenants Harbor.

Thomaston

The American Legion parade will begin at 11 a.m. on May 28 at the American Legion Hall located at 37 Star St.

Union

Memorial Day in the town of Union, at 11:30 a.m. on the Common, will include wreath laying by the Boy Scouts, musical selections by the MVHS Band, and services by a local pastor.

Waldoboro

The Memorial Day parade on May 28 will start at 9 a.m. at the town office. It will cross Route 1, proceed down Jefferson Street, then turn down Main Street. The parade will stop at the monument near Pine Street.

The Waldoboro Fire Department Auxiliary will host a pancake breakfast on Memorial Day before the town’s parade. Pancakes, eggs, bacon and sausage are on the menu. Breakfast will be served 7 to 8:30 a.m. Monday, May 28 at the Waldoboro Fire Station, 1600 Atlantic Highway. Donations are $7 for adults and $3 for children and students.

Warren

The Memorial Day observance will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the veterans monument at Main Street and Western Road. The Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts will march from there down to the bridge where they will throw flowers in the river to honor the veterans lost at sea. The Rev. Wayne Woodman will say a few words at the event.

The program also includes: Gettysburg Address: Nicholas Deshesne and Tyler Field, Boy Scouts Troop 254, and Johnathon Luce, Warren Community School student; Memorial Day speaker: Vern Bradeen, Scoutmaster of Troop 254; Memorial Day poem: Shelly Nichols, Cubmaster of Pack 254; music selections by Sybil Wentworth, music director, Warren Community School; monument decoration by a Warren resident; National Anthem by Wentworth; flag raising: Boy Scouts from Troop 254; and Taps: Nicholas Deshesne, Boy Scout Troop 254, Johnathon Luce, Warren Community School student, and Wentworth. In case of rain, ceremonies will be held at the fire station.

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