The following is a partial list of upcoming Memorial Day observances and events in central Maine:


VA Maine Memorial Day Observance: VA Maine will be conducting the annual Memorial Day Observance in the Togus National Cemetery. The observance will begin at 8 a.m. Monday in the East Cemetery and then proceed to the West Cemetery. Those who wish to participate should meet in the Building 205 Parking Lot at 7:45 a.m.


A Memorial Day parade will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the Community Center, 61 Water St. The parade will proceed to Main Street, to Western Avenue, to Maplewood Cemetery and ending at Monument Park.

The event will feature the Lawrence High School Marching Band and Fairfield/Benton Fire & Rescue.

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Stanley and Deborah Short, of Pittsfield, place flowers and American flags at the gravesite of Debra’s father and veteran Neil Hapworth at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery in Waterville on Thursday. Area cemeteries were busy this week with families sprucing up grave sites for Memorial Day next Monday. Staff photo by David Leaming

The American Legion Roderick-Crosby Post 28 will hold its annual services and parade on Monday starting with a wreath Laying ceremony at 9 a.m. at the WWI Monument on upper Main Street with Color Guard. Services will follow at 9:30 a.m. and a Memorial Day parade at 10 a.m. with wreaths placed at Meetinghouse Park and Courthouse Cemetery.


A Memorial Day parade will start at 10 a.m. Monday at the Armory and will proceed down Brunswick Avenue, ending with a ceremony at the Commons.


Parade participants can gather at the Goodrich-Caldwell American Legion Post 6 hall, 114 Second St., between 9:15 and 9:30 a.m. From there, the parade will form at the train trestle on East Water Street, then proceed north to the City Cemetery, stopping at the Civil War Monument.

Participants can assemble at 10:30 a.m. at the Civil War Monument, where there will be opening remarks, an invocation and a wreath placement. The parade will proceed to the Legion Park.

A service will then be held at the Hallowell Waterfront, on Winthrop Street.


A Memorial Day parade will start at 10 a.m. Monday at Garret Schenck School in Anson. Line up will begin at 9 a.m.

A ceremony at the Anson Veterans Monument in front of the Anson Town Office and at the Madison Library are both planned. A luncheon for parade participates will be served by the American Legion Auxiliary following the parade.

Another Memorial Day ceremony is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at the Joseph Quirion Monument in East Madison, and at 2 p.m. at the Starks Community Center.


A volunteer puts flag on a grave in the Togus National Cemetery on Friday. Staff photo by Joe Phelan

The Memorial Day parade is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Monday starting at Oosoola Park and proceeding to the Veterans Memorial. All veterans and groups are welcome to march.


The Memorial Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. Monday starting at Sidney Town Hall, 2986 Middle Road.

The Messalonskee High School Band and the Kennebec Valley Chordsmen singers will perform. Col. Michael Pooler will be the emcee and the Boy Scouts will sponsor a barbecue after the ceremony.


The Skowhegan Memorial Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. Monday. The parade lineup will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Dyer Street. Participants are asked to show up at 9:15 a.m.

The parade will begin at the intersection of Dyer Street and Madison Avenue and will turn left heading south toward downtown Skowhegan. The parade will then take a left onto Water Street and travel through the downtown ending at Skowhegan Veterans Park, where a short ceremony will take place.

Additional event parking and float parking is available at the Catholic Church just past the park on Water Street. Traffic will be stopped for the parade on the corresponding streets during the parade.

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Parade starts at 10 a.m. at the old Marden’s warehouse parking lot Water Street and proceeds up to Main Street downtown, turning up Appleton Street to the park. A ceremony will follow in Castonguay Square.


A Memorial Day parade will begin at 11 a.m. Monday starting at the Wayne Community Church, 22 Old Winthrop Road. The parade will proceed down Main Street to Pond Road and back to the Veterans Memorial Stone on Pocasset Lake, where a wreath laying ceremony will take place. Parade participants will then proceed to the Veterans Memorial Park, where the formal program will continue. If it rains, services will be at the Ladd Center.

Transportation will be provided for any veterans who need a ride to the parade. Those interested in giving veterans a ride can call David Ault at 685-4578.


A parade will start at 2 p.m. from the Town Hall to the library, followed by wreath laying at monuments, remarks and patriotic music, and then a parade back to town hall.


The Wilton Memorial Day event takes place on Sunday, with a 1 p.m. Memorial observation at the Monument in downtown and a wreath placed on a monument. A procession will follow from the monument to Wilton Lion’s Club on Main Street.

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