Town continues twin Memorial Day ceremonies

By Sarah E. Reynolds | May 27, 2014
Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds A bagpiper leads the Memorial Day parade down Main Street in Lincolnville, followed by the Honor Guard.

Lincolnville — The rain that was predicted held off until evening Monday, May 26, bringing smiles to the faces of those lining Route 52 for the annual Memorial Day celebration, which contained the usual blend of solemnity and fun.

Starting from the new Lincolnville Community Library, the parade headed north on Route 52, with the Honor Guard pausing before the Lincolnville Honor Roll veterans memorial to pay tribute to the town's fallen with the laying of a wreath by World War II veteran Charles Loper. The parade turned onto Route 235 at the Petunia Pump and headed to Lincolnville Central School for a brief concluding ceremony with music by the Camden Rockport Regional High School Band and the Lincolnville Band and remarks by Fire Chief Ben Hazen, a staff sergeant in the Army Reserves. American Legion Post 30 Adjutant Ray Lewis was the master of ceremonies.

The Camden Hills Band played the national anthem and the Navy Hymn.

As there was last year, there was also a ceremony at Lincolnville Beach, with the Honor Guard firing a salute and Loper placing a wreath into Frohock Brook in memory of service members lost at sea.

The Honor Guard fires a salute in memory of fallen members of the military from Lincolnville during the Memorial Day parade Monday, May 26. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
World War II veteran Charles Loper, left, receives a salute from Ray Lewis, adjutant of American Legion Post 30, before placing a wreath at the Lincolnville Honor Roll on Memorial Day. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
World War II veterans, from left, Charles Loper, Bruce Richards and Al Woods take a Jeep ride in Lincolnville's Memorial Day parade Monday, May 26. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
A group of Brownies take part in the Lincolnville's Memorial Day parade. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
The Lincolnville Band was on hand for Memorial Day celebrations in its hometown Monday, May 26. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
Fire trucks from Lincolnville, Northport and Searsmont turned out for the parade down Main Street in honor of Memorial Day. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
Drummers in the Camden Hills Regional High School Band keep the marching beat in Lincolnville's Memorial Day parade. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
Antique vehicles, a common part of holiday parades in the Midcoast, played a part in Lincolnville's Memorial Day parade. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
Fire Chief and Army Reserves Staff Sgt. Ben Hazen speaks at Lincolnville's Memorial Day observance. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
Dawson Allen, front right, a seventh-grader at Lincolnville Central School, plays 'Taps' for Memorial Day ceremonies at Frohock Bridge in Lincolnville Beach as the Honor Guard stands at attention. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
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Sarah E. Reynolds is copy editor for the Courier Gazette and Camden Herald.
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Sarah E. Reynolds has been a reporter and writer for more than 20 years, winning awards from the Maine Press Association and other professional organizations. She loves to read, ride her ATV and play word games.

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