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Memorial Day honored in Camden, Rockport, Lincolnville

By Susan Mustapich | May 25, 2020
Photo by: Paul Satkowski From left, Color Guard members Ben Hazen of Lincolnville, WWII Veteran Geoff Chapman, of Camden, John Hyssong, of Rockport and Gerry Grover, Rockland Legion Post 1, honor those fallen while serving in the United States Armed Services, at Amesbury Cemetery in Rockport, Memorial Day, May 25.

Local Post 30 American Legion members honored those fallen in military service in the U.S. Armed Forces May 25, with the placing of wreaths on memorials, rifle salutes and the playing of taps, in numerous locations in Camden, Rockport and Lincolnville.

Across the country, those who have succumbed to COVID-19 in the past few months were also recognized on this Memorial Day, with flags flown at half-staff.

The many ceremonies Post 30 members performed from 7 to 11 a.m. were held during a time when Memorial Day parades were canceled due to state limits on the numbers of people participating in public gatherings. The limits were set by Executive Order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Pictured are Jeff Sukeforth, left, of American Legion Post 30 (Camden) and Ray Lewis, District Commander, at the wreath laying ceremony at Camden Harbor May 25, for those lost at sea while serving in the U.S. Armed Services. (Photo by: Paul Satkowski)
Jeff Sukeforth, left, of American Legion Post 30 (Camden) and Ray Lewis, American Legion Maine District 6 Commander, raise their hands in salute May 25 at the Veterans Honor Roll on the Village Green in Camden. (Photo by: Paul Satkowski)
Rosie Gerry, of Lincolnville, honors those fallen in the U.S. Armed Services at ceremonies in Camden, Rockport and Lincolnville May 25 with the playing of taps. Gerry is a member of the American Legion Post 30 Color Guard, musician and popular band leader. (Photo by: Paul Satkowski)
Ray Lewis, American Legion District 6 Commander, left, and Jeff Sukeforth, Adjutant, Post 30 War Memorial (Camden) lay a wreath May 25 at the marker in Rockport for unknown soldiers who died serving in the U.S. Armed Services. (Photo by: Paul Satkowski)
Jeff Sukeforth, left, of American Legion Post 30 (Camden), lays a wreath at a memorial May 25. (Photo by: Paul Satkowski)
Memorial Day ceremonies took place at the Honor Roll in Lincolnville's Veterans Park May 25. (Photo by: Paul Satkowski)
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Comments (2)
Posted by: Steven D Bryant | May 26, 2020 17:30

Thank you to all who made this special day happen through very difficult times. Until the Covvid-19 I personally had not missed a Rockport celebration in 55yrs. From bike riding in parade with friends,  marching as a cub scout, coming home as a soldier/veteran, enjoying it each year as my children grew up , and last year finally getting a chance to sit with my grandchildren as well. The honored vets you see rhere and the one ones we especially remember makes the day a very special time. Last year I was fortunate enough to have Lowell Jones sit with us and tell of his special moments. I am hopeful that next year I will gather my family once again and enjoy this time honored tradition. And if I'm not then knowing that my family will be there honoring all the generations of our family who served proudly so that all our life's freedoms endure. Thank you Post 30 for your true love and dedication to this great country. Until next year, stay safe. And most of all Thank you to all our vets and especially our Gold Star families. God bless.

Posted by: Jeff Sukeforth | May 26, 2020 10:09

On behalf of War Memorial Post 30, everyone at the post would like to give a shout out to some other folks who made Memorial Day in Camden a special one indeed.

Camden Garden Club for coming together, albeit distanced and with masks, to clean and freshen up the War Memorial at the Village Green. The grounds and flowers were spectacular. Thank You!

Camden Lion's Club for again putting out all the flags lining our Main Street. They are a beautiful sight to behold. Thank You!

Boy Scouts for coming together in front of the Congregational Church with banners and flags. Your professionalism and salute to our fallen Veterans was noticed by many. Thank You!

Thank you to all these organizations, it is but one more reason why Camden is certainly a wonderful place to call home.

Jeff Sukeforth-Post 30 Legion-Camden

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