Originally published in The Weekly Packet, May 22, 2014
Peninsula towns to host Memorial Day activities throughout the weekend
by Faith DeAmbrose
With a history of observance dating back to 1866, the United States has set aside time to remember those who served this country, and more specifically those who lost their lives, on land and at sea. This year on Memorial Day, May 26, three Peninsula towns will hold their own observances; all are invited to attend and participate.
Duffy-Wescott Post 85 American Legion invites everyone to the Memorial Day parade on Main Street at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 26. Assembly of Scouts and community groups is at 9:30 a.m.
The observance will begin with the firing of the cannon at the Legion Hall. Veterans are invited to march or ride in the vehicles available. Children are invited to decorate their bicycles and join the procession.
The parade continues to the Mill Brook Bridge where a short service and gun salute will be given in honor of those lost at sea.
The parade then moves to the Seaside Cemetery where a prayer and gun salute will be conducted. Refreshments will be served at the American Legion Hall following the return march.
Attendees are encouraged to maintain proper etiquette as the flags pass, which includes removing hats and placing hands over hearts.
For questions or to volunteer, call Reggie Nevells at 266-9959.
On Monday morning before the parade, starting at 6:30 a.m., the Ida Berry Masonic Lodge in Blue Hill will host a breakfast at the Odd Fellows/Masons Hall on Main Street. Donations will be accepted and will benefit the Masons’ annual scholarship fund.
Blue Hill, Field of Flags
Peninsula Peace & Justice invites the community to participate in planting the Iraq War Dead Memorial Field on Main Street in downtown Blue Hill on Saturday, May 24, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
On Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, the town of Brooklin will host its annual observance and parade beginning at 9 a.m. The parade will travel from the Brooklin School driveway on Bay Road (Route 175) the short distance to the cemetery where there will be a brief service. Everyone is invited to participate in the observance.
In Surry the Memorial Day observance will be held Monday, May 26, at 1 p.m. at Memorial Park, located in the downtown village center at the corner of Main Street and North Bend Road.