Small, yet patriotic Memorial Day parade in Waldoboro

By Beth A. Birmingham | May 27, 2019
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Retired Air ForceLt. Col. Donna Wallace, commander of the Waldoboro American Legion, Charles C. Lilly Post 149, is the guest speaker at Waldoboro's annual Memorial Day Parade and ceremony May 27.

Waldoboro — Despite sunshine and clear skies, only a few patriotic parade fans came out to the annual Memorial Day remembrance in Waldoboro May 27.

The parade formed at the municipal building on Route 1 and headed down Jefferson Street, through town and down Main Street to the monument at Pine Street.

Led by the Waldoboro Police Department, Grand Marshals Al O'Donnell and Bob Beck waved to onlookers as they made their way to the monument, followed by the Lincoln County Color Guard, the Waldoboro American Legion Color Guard, the Medomak Valley High School Band, and a myriad of scout groups and fire trucks.

Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Donna Wallace, commander of the Waldoboro American Legion, Charles C. Lilly Post 149, was the event's guest speaker.

Wallace noted that all soldiers serve and sacrifice for their country united, mentioning a post on social media by one veteran prior to the 2018 election that stated, "No matter Republican or Democrat, united we stand and divided we fall. God bless America."

"Politics are irrelevant to a family that hears the words 'We regret to inform you ...,'" Wallace stated in her address.

Beck, of Nobleboro, is a Korean Conflict veteran from the 1951-1953 era and O'Donnell is chaplain of the Post 149 American Legion as well as a Korean Conflict veteran from 1955-1958.

The invocation prayer was given by Minister of Music Tim Connelly of the Word of Life Church in Waldoboro. The Tolley Sisters from Waldoboro sang the national anthem and "God Bless America" at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Decorated wreaths were placed at the municipal building monument, American Legion Hall and the Pine Street memorial. Army veteran Carol Brazier, a Post 149 member, tossed a ceremonial wreath into the Medomak River, followed by the playing of "Taps."

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached by calling 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@villagesoup.com.

Small, yet patriotic Memorial Day parade in Waldoboro
Grand Marshals Al O'Donnell, left, and Bob Beck, veterans of the Korean War, pose prior to the Memorial Day addresses in Waldoboro May 27. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
The Medomak Valley High School band plays as it winds its way through town during Memorial Day festivities May 27. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
The Tolley Sisters of Waldoboro, center, sing the national anthem. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Waldoboro residents show their patriotism during the town's Memorial Day ceremony May 27. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Army veteran Carol Brazier, a Post 149 member, tosses a ceremonial wreath into the Medomak River followed by the playing of "Taps." (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Behind the scene. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Minister of Music Tim Connelly of the Word of Life Church in Waldoboro gives the invocation prayer at the Memorial Day gathering in Waldoboro May 27. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Miss Poppy Isabelle Montgomery waves as she makes her way through Waldoboro at the Memorial Day ceremony May 27. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
A table for one commemorates veterans who remain POW/MIA. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Resident Bruce Krause shows his patriotism May 27 in Waldoboro, even wearing a pair of socks similar to ones owned by President George H. W. Bush that were given to him by his daughter. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Kaiden Reed smiles as he is called to the podium for a special presentation during the Memorial Day ceremony in Waldoboro May 27. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
From left, Ezekial Turner, Adayla Gregory and Aramae Gregory pose with their flags following the Memorial Day ceremony in Waldoboro May 27. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Boy Scouts honor veterans May 27 during the singing of the national anthem in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Jeanette Achorn, left, and Sue Murray of Waldoboro show off their patriotism during the Memorial Day Parade May 27. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
The Welt House on Pine Street in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
The annual Memorial Day Parade proceeds down Main Street to the Pine Street monument May 27 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
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