BELGRADE

A Memorial Day ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at the Old Town House on Cemetery Road.
In case of rain, the ceremony will be held at Belgrade Central School.

DRESDEN

The Lincoln County Historical Association will hold its 59th annual Memorial Day observance at 11 a.m.  Monday at the 1761 Pownalborough Court House.

White’s Company, a local Revolutionary War Living History group, will give a salute. The Rev. Bruce Alexander of Dresden, assisted by White’s Company, will lead attendees to the Court House cemetery for a program to honor fallen soldiers. This will be followed by a raising of the colors and gun salute.

Following the ceremony, visitors are encouraged to take free tours of the Court House, picnic on the grounds and walk on the nature trail along the Kennebec River.

For more information, visit http://www.lincolncountyhistory.org.

FAYETTE

Memorial Day services on Monday include:

• An honor guard and firing squad at 6:30 a.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3335.

• Prayers and wreath laying services at the AmVets at 7 a.m. at the Livermore Falls Memorial Bridge; by the American Legion at 7:20 a.m. at the Livermore Veterans Memorial; and by the Veterans of Foreign Wars at 7:45 a.m. at the Jay Prisoners of War/Missing In Action Bridge.

• A program given by John and Gail Dube at 8:15 a.m. at Jay Hill Cemetery.

• A parade down Main Street in Jay will begin at 10 a.m.

Along the parade route, there will be services at the Chisholm Square World War II War Memorial, with a prayer and wreath laying by Knights of Columbus and guest speaker Sen. John Patrick; at Richardson Cemetery; Grand Army of the Republic Monument; Livermore Falls Geneva Hodgkins Park; and the Fire Police Emergency Medical Services Monument. The Regional School Unit 73 band will play the National Anthem and Taps.

There will services at 12:15 p.m. at Fayette Memorial and at 1:30 p.m. at Leeds Memorial in Leeds Center, corner of Route 106 and Church Road.

The theme of this year’s parade is to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War.

GARDINER

The Smith Wiley American Legion Post 4 will host a Memorial Day parade on Monday.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the Armory, traveling on Brunswick Avenue to the Common, where a ceremony will be held.

Other activities that day include a Stride into Summer 5K sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club on the Kennebec River Rail Trail. It will begin at 8 a.m. on the waterfront.

HALLOWELL

Goodrich-Caldwell American Legion Post 6 will sponsor its Memorial Day parade and ceremonies on Monday.

The parade will begin at 9:45 a.m. in front of the Legion Hall on Second Street. Marchers will travel to Temple Street, proceeding on Water Street to the city cemetery for services at the Civil War monument and at the World War I and II veterans’ memorials in Legion Park.

Taking part in services are 1st Vice Cmdr. Jerry Stewart; the Revs. Thomas DeRaps and Peter Inchcombe; Mayor Charlotte Warren; the Hall-Dale High School band; Earle Shettleworth; Maine State Select Honor Guard; singers Joan Morgan and Nancy McGinnis; Cmdr. Peter DeRaps; Philip Watkins; Comrade Chaplain Ernest DeRaps; and comrades Arthur Moore, Don Nichols and Ernest McPherson.

LITCHFIELD

Members of American Legion, William R. Bold Post 181, and the post’s ladies auxiliary will conduct Memorial Day activities on Monday, beginning with a parade at 9 a.m. at the Central Fire Station to the monument area of the Litchfield Plains Cemetery.

Memorial and recognition activities will follow the parade. The program will conclude at 10:15 a.m.
William Christopoulos will guest speak. In case of rain, activities will take place at the Carrie Ricker School gymnasium.

MONMOUTH

American Legion Post 204 will host a Memorial Day parade and ceremony on Monday.

The parade will begin at the North Monmouth Community Church at 9 a.m. and proceed to the Veterans’ Monument for a brief ceremony.

The parade will reconvene at Cumston Hall in Monmouth at 10:30 a.m. immediately following the ceremony, traveling down Main Street to the veterans’ monument for services, which will include songs by local musicians, a memorial rifle and musket salute, and a brief message from a local speaker.

Chairs will be provided at the monument for veterans who are unable to march in the parade.

All military members and veterans as well as members of the American Legion and other veterans’ fraternal organizations from the Monmouth area are welcome to participate in the parade, in a uniform if available.

For more information, call Cmdr. Richard Burnham at 933-2630.

RICHMOND

A Memorial Day parade will start at 11 a.m. Monday at Richmond High School.

The parade will travel on Main Street to waterfront park, where a ceremony will take place honoring veterans. A color guard and American Legion members will also visit eight different cemeteries in town, to place flags on veterans’ graves.

SIDNEY

The town’s second annual Memorial Day parade, celebration and picnic will takes place on Monday.

A parade, led by a bagpiper, will begin at 10 a.m. at the Transfer Station and travel up Middle Road to the Town Office. Local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, veterans and the All American Dance School will participate.

There will be a ceremony with Major General Bill Libby awarding service medals and certificates to veterans. A wreath will be laid. Spirit of America awards will be presented and a cookout lunch will be available.

The Sidney Historical Society will hold an open house and showcase the newly renovated grange. Commemorative bricks for the Town Memorial will be for sale.

SOMERVILLE

American Legion Post 205 will conduct a Memorial Day service at 8:30 a.m. Monday at Sand Hill Cemetery, Sand Hill Road.

TOGUS

A Memorial Day observance at Togus National Cemetery will be offered on Monday.

Local veterans’ organizations, Maine National Guard and VA Maine Healthcare System staff will participate in wreath laying ceremonies in both Togus cemeteries. Participants will meet at 7:45 a.m. in the Building 205 parking lot.

All are welcome.

VASSALBORO

A Memorial Day parade will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the Winslow/Vassalboro line on Route 32.

The parade will follow a three-mile route south on Route 32/Main Street through East Vassalboro, just past China Lake.

Following the parade, there will be a recital the Pledge of Allegiance and a rendition of “You’re A Grand Old Flag.”

Parade participants in decorated cars, bikes, floats, or tractors are welcome. For more information, call Linda at 873-2108.

WHITEFIELD

The Whitefield Historical Society on Townhouse Road will offer its annual Memorial Day observance at 10 a.m. Monday.

The program — “The Civil War, 1863” — continues a Civil War sesquicentennial theme with letters written in 1862-63 between Whitefield soldier Christopher Erskine, of the 19th Maine Regiment, and wife Abigail. Erskine fought at Gettysburg.

There will be a flag ceremony, historical readings, songs and refreshments. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

WINTHROP

The Alfred W. Maxwell Jr. American Legion Unit 40 Ladies Auxiliary will hold a balloon launch to honor veterans at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Norcross Point.

The launch will follow a Memorial Day parade. Each balloon contains the name of a veteran, which will also be displayed on ribbons at Norcross Point.

All are welcome.

AUGUSTA

The Children’s Discovery Museum will hold a charity yard sale from 8 to 11 a.m. Monday in the parking lot of the museum, 171 Capitol St.

All proceeds will benefit children’s charities. There will be toys, clothes, household items, baked goods and lemonade.

For more information, call 622-2209.

Old Fort Western will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday for tours, demonstrations, activities and more.
Interactive experiences will include 18th-century gardening, processing archeological artifacts, daily life in a 19th-century tenement and a visit from the James Howard Company.

Admission is free. For more information, call 626-2385 or visit www.oldfortwestern.org.

CLOSINGS

Several local centers will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

These include:

• The Belgrade Community Center for All Seasons.

• William S. Cohen Community Center in Hallowell.

• Litchfield Senior Center at the Litchfield Academy Community Building.

• The Senior Cafe at Maranacook Middle School in Readfield.

• Golden Oldies Center, 314 Front St., Richmond.

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