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    1945: Standing at attention while the parade marches by are John and Barbara Jane Gardner and Harold Wheeler who came all the way from 88 Pillsbury St., South Portland, to see the parade.

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    1951: Parade spectators perch next to Civic Theater marquee that was on the first floor of 477 Congress St., now known as the Time and Temperature Building.

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    1938: Massed military and patriotic organizations at the Soldier's and Sailor's Monument in Monument Square following the Memorial Day parade. As many as 20,000 people watched the parade in Portland.

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    1956: Brownies marching behind a small drum majorette and pursued by drums in the Memorial Day parade.

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    1942: Portland turned out by the thousands to see the Memorial Day parade which included this motorized military unit.

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    1956: Wreath-laying ceremony and the Soldier's and Sailor's Monument.

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    1948: Weston L. Davis, a veteran, marches with his granddaughter, Barbara Ann Peavey along with William W. Ruby, a Spanish War veteran, in the Memorial Day parade, on Congress Street. Mechanics Hall is in the background at right.

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    1938: Junior Auxiliary of the Stewart P. Morrill Post, American Legion marches on Memorial Day in South Portland.

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    1938: Children hold flags at a Memorial Day parade. The exact location in Maine is unknown.

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    1956: Gathering for Memorial Day speeches in front of City Hall.

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    1941: Portland's last four surviving Civil War veterans pose at the foot of the monument before the flags of the Boy Scouts color guard. Left to right are: Oliver N. Leavitt, 97, Dr. Bertrand Dunn, 98, Charles H. Emmons, 99 and James I. Johnson, 99 honored their comrades who gave their lives for the Union.

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    1942: The South Portland High School band on Cottage Road were some of the 500 marchers who participated in the five-hour ceremonies.

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    1955: Marching on Ocean Street in South Portland with Mill Creek Park on the right.

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    1939: Memorial Day parade halts at Portland City Hall for ceremonies. Colonial Theater, 422 Congress St., at background right.

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    1961: Boy decorating bicycle for the Memorial Day parade.

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    1951: Sacred Heart Church Drum and Bugle Corps on Congress Street.

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    1957: South Portland Memorial Day parade on Ocean Street in Knightville with Canal Bank and Innes Photo on the right.

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    1940: Memorial Day procession on street.

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    1956: Patriots young and old in South Portland shown in this damaged photograph.

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    1940: Memorial Day observance on Monument Square, high angle view from south, with Novick Building in background.

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    1956: Saluting the flag on Congress Street.

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    1940: High-angle view of Main Street, Westbrook, near Brackett Street. Memorial Day parade.

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    1956: Dressed in their best on what wasn't a hot Memorial Day, in Monument Square.

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    1957: High-angle view of Monument Square, during Memorial Day observance, viewed from southwest.

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    1940: Horace J. Whelton, Jr marched with veterans of the First World War He is wearing a small size edition of the uniform of the Ralph D. Caldwell Post, American Legion, the post with which he is marching.

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    1965: Memorial Day parade on Congress Street.

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    1956: Watching the parade on Congress Street.

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    1940: Memorial Day observance at City Hall Plaza.

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    1941: Men and women of the GAR societies mount the steps of the Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument with the rest of the parade at attention to place wreaths on the shrine of Portland’s Civil War dead.

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    1941: The Catholic Action Crusaders of St. Hyacinthe Church, Westbrook, march along Main Street in Westbrook’s annual Memorial Day parade.

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    1951: Spectators on Congress Street at the edge of Monument Square.

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    1941: Bath’s Battery D of the 240th Regiment, Coast Artillery, in the federal service, wheels as the line of march reaches a street corner.

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    1941: Memorial plaque and boulder being unveiled in Ralph Ulmer Square in memory of Spanish War Veterans in Rockland on Memorial Day. At left is Christine Roberts, 6, center, Ruth Roberts, 9, who placed the wreath, and right, Gilbert Kirk, 6, who aided Christine in the unveiling. In background and to sides are veterans of different wars. The Roberts children’s grandfather was a Spanish War veteran.

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    1941: Memorial Day parade, at Congress Square, viewed from west. Walgreen's Drug Store, at left. H.H. Hay at right.

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    1942: Soldiers in Bath marching south on Oak Grove Avenue towards Lincoln Street with a passel little boys on Memorial Day.

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    1942: A bird’s eye view of military units, bands and civilians at City Hall Plaza listening to the Memorial Day address of Under Secretary of War Robert P. Patterson..

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    1942: A contingent of the 240th Coast Artillery adds a military touch to the South Portland Memorial Day services.

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    1944: George W. Jones, 94, of Oxford, national commander-in-chief of the GAR and honorary marshal of the parade sits next to his unidentified 'driver.' In the back seat is Henry Towle of Portland, a past commander-in-chief of Shepley Camp, Sons of Union Veterans.

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    1944: Full view of Monument Square on Memorial Day, taken from Novick Building with a view of Middle Street from Western Union to Center Street.

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    1944: At Woodlawn Cemetery, Cumberland Mills, Edwin W. Richardson, Jr., 5, son of Lt. Col. Edwin W. Richardson, a member of the Third Battalion, 141st Infantry, places a basket of flowers on the grave of his great-great-grandfather, George L. Stevens, who served in the Civil War with the 30th Regiment, Maine Volunteers, and was killed at Baton Rouge, La. in 1864. Lt. Col. Richardson holds the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in Italy and the Silver Star for his part in the drive to bridge the Rapido River.

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