Parade celebrates Memorial Day in Rockport
Rockport — A cloudy start to Memorial Day activities gave way to blue skies and sunshine just in time for the start of the Rockport parade May 26.
Units from the American Legion Post in Camden, Rockport fire and police departments, Boy and Girl Scouts, Rockport Garden Club, Lincolnville Band, Camden Hills Regional High School Band and an array of vintage cars and other groups passed through the village and across Goose River Bridge to the Amesbury Cemetery where respects were paid to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in preserving our freedoms. Stops were made along the way at the library and at the bridge to lay a wreath.
“Edna St. Vincent Millay wrote the world stands out on either side,” Ralph Miller said at Amesbury Cemetery. “No wider than the heart is wide. Above the world is stretched to the sky; no higher than the soul is high.”
He continued. “From Amesbury Hill we stretch to the sky, we look across the hill at the lives of souls who once lived in Rockport and to those this cross are unknown but still remembered who died in service to their country and those known to us with flags marking their graves. We stand here in honor of those faithful men and women -- our ancestors -- the builders of our community. May we live so that this town may be a better place.
A moment of silence and the traditional 21-gun salute was followed by a haunting rendition of “Taps” played by trumpeters of Camden Hills Regional High School Band.
Dwight Collins is a reporter/photographer for The Camden Herald.
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