Parade celebrates Memorial Day in Rockport

By Dwight Collins | May 26, 2014
Photo by: Dwight Collins Members of the American Legion Color Guard stand at attention during the firing of the 21-gun salute May 26 near the cross of the unknown dead 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.

Rockport Police lead a parade through Rockport Village May 26 for Memorial Day. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
Members of the Camden Hills Regional High School Band march through Rockport Village during the Memorial Day Parade May 26. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
Independent candidate for the state house of representatives Owen Casas and his family wave to the crowd during the Memorial Day Parade in Rockport. Casas is running to serve the towns of Camden, Rockport and Islesboro against incumbent Joan Welsh. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
Marine LeRoy Peasley salutes the crowd during the Rockport Memorial Day Parade May 26. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
Rockport Assistant Fire Chief John Wickenden drives Engine 3 during the Memorial Day Parade May 26 in Rockport. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
Andy Swift, of Hope, drives Rockport's antique fire engine during the Memorial Day Parade May 26. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
Rockport Select Board member Tracy Lee Murphy rides in one of the town's fire trucks during the Memorial Day Parade May 26. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
Dave Smith, of Hope, takes a picture of someone taking his picture during the Memorial Day Parade in Rockport May 26. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
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