SKOWHEGAN — The grand marshals for Monday’s Memorial Day parade in Skowhegan will be Air Force veteran Gerald LaCasse and his wife, Dot, a career nurse at Redington-Fairview General Hospital.

Gerald LaCasse served as a radio mechanic during World War II in the South Pacific. Dot LaCasse has been heavily involved with the Girl Scouts for more than 55 years. They have been married for 63 years, according to Cory King, executive director of the Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce.

“Gerald is a lifelong Red Sox fan and has passed his love for sports on to his own children and to many other children in the region,” King said. King said LaCasse also was involved with Little League baseball for more than 25 years.

Veterans, marching bands, floats and local organizations will parade through downtown Skowhegan starting at 10 a.m., with a short ceremony to follow at Veterans Park on Water Street,

Parade participants will line up on Dyer Street between 9:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Monday. Organizations interested in participating should meet there.

At 10 a.m., with a police escort, the parade will head south from Dyer Street onto Madison Avenue, heading into downtown. From there it will catch Water Street heading east past the Skowhegan Municipal Building and ending at Veterans Park.


The keynote address will be given by Army veteran Bob Washburn after the completion of the parade. Washburn served for six years around the globe before being injured while serving in Bosnia in 1996, according to King. He now works at VA Maine Healthcare Systems — Togus. He lives in Norridgewock with wife Amy and their four children, David, Libby, Abby and Ben.

During his address, Washburn will speak on what it means to be a veteran on Memorial Day.

“Veterans who have served are such a large part of this community,” King said. “It’s just nice to see all of the communities come together to support our veterans on Memorial Day.”

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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Twitter: @Doug_Harlow

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