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Departed honored at Rockland Memorial Day ceremony

By Stephen Betts | May 25, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts The commander -- Shawn Driscoll, left; and the chaplain of the Winslow-Holbrook-Merritt post of the American Legion in Rockland salute the flag during a Memorial Day ceremony Monday, May 25.

Rockland — There was no parade and the crowds were smaller due to the COVID-19 concerns but the ultimates sacrifice made by men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces were honored at a scaled-back ceremony in Rockland.

Shawn Driscoll, commander of the Winslow-Holbrook-Merritt Post of the American Legion in Rockland, spoke about those sacrifices.

"They gave everything so that we can live in a state of freedom. I hope everyone holds that in reverence and respect," Driscoll said,

The Legion commander asked everyone to think about the sacrifices by people who were aboard ships or in bunkers one moment and gone the next.

He expressed hope that there could be an end to wars so no more lives have to be lost.

The Bay Winds North Wind Ensemble performed — although with smaller numbers. Ensemble Musical Director Marlene Hall said normally there would be more than 20 members performing but the group was pared down to six because of the COVID-19 concerns and restrictions.

Legion members fired off a gun salute and a wreath was placed on the monument at Chapman Park in Rockland.


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Comments (1)
Posted by: Jeff Sukeforth | May 25, 2020 12:59

Good on ya Post 1 for continuing to serve and providing this ceremony.  Post 30-Camden.

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