Waldo County towns celebrate Memorial Day
Despite some wet weather in the morning, hundreds of Mainers came out to celebrate Memorial Day around Waldo County.
Residents of Searsmont were also celebrating the town's bicentennial on top of its usual Memorial Day festivities. It held a parade at 9 a.m. that made its way from South Main Street to North Main Street.
The parade lasted for nearly one hour and drew hundreds of spectators. Fire departments from around the county came to participate. Candy thrown from the trucks had children scampering through the puddles to collect the sweets.
The parade made its way through Searsmont, pausing briefly for a prayer and laying of a wreath in remembrance of those who died while serving in the armed forces. The parade included antique tractors, local Girl Scout troops and Uncle Same even made an appearance.
The Belfast parade began after the rain at 10 a.m. in the Renys Plaza parking lot, proceeded down Route 3 to the Pine Grove Cemetery where memorial ceremonies were held at each flag post, and continued down Main Street to the flag post at the waterfront where a final ceremony was held.
Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts participated in the parade along with a wide variety of vehicles, from an antique fire truck to four wheelers. The parade drew a modest crowd along Main Street and in the cemetery, and lasted about one and a half hours.
In Searsport, the soggy weather made for a relatively light crowd, but those who turned out watched the festivities while under the cover of umbrellas, raincoats and hooded sweatshirts.
Local veterans led the parade procession, and also had representation from the area Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, as well as emergency crews from Searsport and neighboring towns, including Stockton Springs and Prospect.