Memorial Day ceremonies honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military will take place May 31 in Camden, Rockport, Lincolnville and Appleton.

Ceremonies, led by members of the local War Memorial Post 30 American Legion, will take place beginning at 9 a.m. in Camden, 10 a.m. in Rockport and 11 a.m. in Lincolnville.

The Post 30 Color Guard, representing the branches of the U.S. military, will stop at Camden Harbor, monuments and cemeteries, for prayers, wreath laying and rifle salutes.

"Memorial Day is a day in which everyone comes together for the remembrance of our Military men and women who sacrificed everything for us," Jeff Sukeforth, American Legion Post 30 Adjutant said.

There have been 567,079 U.S. military deaths resulting from being killed in action in all the wars and conflicts, according to the Congressional Research Service.

In Camden, 539 of those men and women are laid to rest in Mountain View Cemetery and the Oak Hill Cemeteries. There are 429 military veterans buried at Mountain View and 105 veterans at Oak Hill, according to Sukeforth. There is a U.S. flag marking every grave that the Legion is aware of, he said.

Although COVID-19 restrictions were partially lifted, there was not enough time to put together a formal parade in remembrance of the day, according to Sukeforth. Legion members will be transported by van to the various locations.

Sukeforth hopes people will come out and attend some of the events and join with the Legion to remember our many men and women who sacrificed so much for their town, city, state and nation. The times of the events below are approximate.

At each stop in Camden, Rockport and Lincolnville, there will be a prayer, wreath laying, the playing of Taps and a rifle volley, unless otherwise noted.


9 a.m. — Public Landing at Camden Harbor

9:10 a.m. — Travel to Conway Boulder (wreath laying and Taps)

9:20 a.m. — Color Guard march on Elm Street to the Village Green for ceremonies at the Veterans Honor Roll monument

9:30 a.m. — Color Guard march from the Village Green up Main Street to the Civil War and Spanish American War Memorials in Harbor Park

9:45 a.m. — Mountain View Cemetery, at flag


10 a.m. — Rockport War Memorial (prayer, wreath laying, Taps)

10:10 a.m. — Goose River Bridge

10:20 a.m. — Amesbury Cemetery


11 a.m. — Lincolnville Veterans Park

11:30 a.m. — Lincolnville Beach at Frohock Bridge

For more information, call Jeff Sukeforth at 236-3310.


10 a.m. — Miller Yard in Burkettville

11 a.m. — Pine Grove Cemetery

1 p.m. — Pine Grove Cemetery, special Veteran’s service

Those attending the Pine Grove services will meet at Gushee’s Corner and walk to the cemetery. In case of rain, Pine Grove services will be held at the Appleton Historical Society Meeting House.