CAMDEN — Memorial Day in the Midcoast honors the legacy of those who served in conflicts, as well as those who stayed to keep our communities strong. Parades, cemetery services and small gatherings will take place throughout the region. The schedules are presented here.
The War Memorial Post 30 of the American Legion in Camden is proud to participate again this year in the Memorial Day ceremonies on May 27 in Camden, Rockport and Lincolnville.
Any member of the armed services currently serving, or veterans of all wars and conflicts are invited to participate in the ceremonies to remember all of our military brothers and sisters who have gone on before us, those who served our great country and those who sacrificed everything for us.
The itinerary for this year’s Memorial Day celebrations is the following:
9 a.m. - Camden Public Landing Ceremony with wreath and rifle salute. Representative Vicki Doudera will speak and the wreath ceremony will honor all Naval and Merchant Marine units from several wars and conflicts. The Camden Hills Regional High School band will play and perform “Taps.” At the end of the harbor ceremony, all participants will assemble with other units at Route 1 and Camden Streets.
9:30 a.m. - Camden Memorial Day parade. Forms at Route 1 and Camden Streets. Stops will be made at the Conway Monument, Village Green War Memorial “Wall of Names,” Harbor Park Civil War Statue and Mountain View Cemetery Memorial and flag pole for wreath laying and rifle salutes.
10:15 a.m. (approximately) - Arrive at Mountain View Cemetery for ceremony.
The City of Rockland will observe Memorial Day on Monday, May 27, at 10:30 a.m., with a ceremony and parade.
Units participating in the parade will assemble at the Rockland Public Landing at 9:30 a.m. The parade will stop at Chapman Park for the Memorial Day Ceremony.
Any members of the Armed Service currently serving or Veterans of all wars and conflicts are invited to participate, as well as walkers or bicycles wishing to honor the day, are asked to assemble at 9:30 a.m., at the Rockland Public Landing.
After the ceremonies at Chapman Park, the parade will travel down Main Street to the Intersection of Route 1 and Route 17.
The Camden Hills marching band, led by Nancy Rowe, will perform at the Rockville Cemetery at 8 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 and at 8:15 a.m. at the West Rockport Cemetery.
11 a.m. - Town of Rockport Parade forms at the Rockport Post Office.
11:45 a.m. - Lunch for Legion members, Camden Hills Regional High School band and veterans at the Rockport Masonic Center.
1 p.m. - Lincolnville Parade. All parade units will assemble at the Lincolnville Central School, marching through town to the Lincolnville War Memorial Honor Roll for a ceremony with wreath laying and rifle salute.
2 p.m. - Lincolnville Beach ceremony at Frohock Bridge.
The ceremonies will conclude after the event in Lincolnville. If there is inclement weather and the above events cannot be held, the Camden-Rockport ceremony will be held at the Strom auditorium at Camden Hills Regional High School at 11 a.m. The Lincolnville ceremony will be held at the Lincolnville Central School at 1 p.m.
For any veterans who wish to participate but cannot walk in the parades, please call Jeff Sukeforth at 691-2270 to arrange to ride in a car. Those who have questions concerning any of the Memorial Day events should also call Sukeforth.