The following is a list of parades and other Memorial Day observances that are taking place in communities around Waldo County this year, compiled from material provided to VillageSoup/The Republican Journal:

Saturday, May 29

Parade in Unity

The Memorial Day parade in Unity will start at 9 a.m.

Sunday, May 30

Tribute to military personnel

All military men and women, past and present, are invited to a Memorial Day tribute at the Searsport Full Gospel Church at 10:30 a.m. There will be songs, real-life stories, prayers and videos; and after the tribute, a meal will be served at the Lions Club on Prospect Street in Searsport.

Monday, May 31


American Legion Post #43 and VFW Post #3108 will hold a Memorial Day parade at 10 a.m. The parade will start at Renys parking lot and proceed to Grove Cemetery for ceremonies. It will then head down Main Street to the city boat landing for additional ceremonies. Everyone is welcome to participate in the parade, organizers say.


The American Legion Grant Staples Post #183 invites everyone to share in its Memorial Day ceremonies, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Brooks Congregational Church and then moving to the veterans memorial at the Town Hall.


Lincolnville Center’s Memorial Day parade will be held starting at 1:30 p.m. Participants, including veterans (in uniform, if it still fits) should gather at the fire station at 1 p.m. The parade proceeds through the Center with a stop at the war memorials for the laying of a wreath and a gun salute, then continues to the school for a short ceremony and speech.


The Monroe Lions Club will hold a parade at 11 a.m., going from the Monroe School to Gesner Park. Following the parade there will be a chicken barbecue with homemade french fries, flowers for sale and homemade pies. There will also be children’s games. This event is held rain or shine. FMI, please contact Mike at 525-6621 or David at 525-4431.


The town’s Memorial Day observance will be held at the veterans memorial in the village at 8 a.m. Organizers say they would be honored to have any veterans from Morrill and the surrounding area join them. The ceremony will be followed with light refreshments at the Community Center.


The Memorial Day parade will be lining up down by Ray Webb’s barn at 11:30 a.m. and the parade will start at noon. The Bucksport Middle School Band will be marching, along with the Legionnaires from Jerry Dobbins American Legion Post #157 from Sandy Point, and will furnish the bugler for “Taps.” Master of ceremonies will be Calvin Cooper, opening prayer will be given by the Rev. Sybille Norris of The Redeeming Love Church here in town, State Rep. Veronica Magnan will give a short address and the Legionnaries will escort widows of veterans, Lurlene Webb and Vivian Smart, to place the wreath on the memorial. There will be a short military service, followed by a 21-gun salute and “Taps,” which will end the service.


Organizers invite people to “honor the heroes who fought for our freedom” by taking part in the town’s parade. Lineup is at 8 a.m., and the parade starts at 9 a.m. The parade will assemble and start at the Community Building, and proceed on Route 131 only, ending at the Post Office. Route 131 from Appleton Ridge Road to Moody Mountain Road will be closed to all traffic, including Woodmans Mill Road and New England Road from Pond Road to Route 131, starting at 8:45 a.m. until the parade ends.


The Memorial Day parade will leave the Dan Rich Public Safety Building at 9 a.m. and march to Mosman Park.

Stockton Springs

Those participating in the town’s parade will assemble at 10:15 a.m. on Main Street between Just Barb’s and Harris Road. Members from the Stockton Springs American Legion Jerry W. Dobbins Post #157 will lead the parade. All veterans are welcome to march with the Legionnaires and be recognized for their service to our country and for their enduring patriotic spirit. A Memorial Day program will follow in the town’s Memorial Park, as well as a brief ceremony on Cape Jellison in memory of those lost at sea.


The American Legion post will conduct Memorial Day services with a parade, wreath-laying and reading of the names of veterans who died in past wars. Phil Higgins, commander of the Legion’s Argonne Post 138, said the post and auxiliary will begin the parade at 11 a.m. at the Smith School. The procession will travel to the Winterport Memorial Library for the laying of the commemorative wreath. The parade will then continue to Oak Hill Cemetery, where the public will gather at the cemetery’s veterans memorial.

A member of the Legion post will read the names of veterans who died in wars, starting with the Spanish American War. Other marchers in the parade include the Hampden Academy Band and members of the Maine Army National Guard unit from Belfast. Argonne Post will provide the color guard and the rifle squad. State Rep. Michael Thibodeau will be the speaker during the cemetery ceremony.