Ceremonies and parades marked area observances of Memorial Day, which honors the men and women who have given their lives in service to our country.

In Belfast, representatives of the local American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts organized observances at their respective headquarters and at Grove Cemetery. Later, they led a parade that included veterans, local Scout troops, a marching band from Belfast Area High School and others from Renys Plaza to the public landing at the foot of Main Street.

Residents lined East Main Street in Searsport for the town's Memorial Day parade, which kicked off at 9 a.m. Veterans, firefighters, Scout troops, the Searsport district school band and others made their way along East Main Street before gathering in Mosman Park for a brief ceremony.

The road through downtown Liberty was packed with spectators, who cheered as children on decorated bicycles, motorcyclists, ATV riders, fire trucks, antique cars, local Scouts and a few business-sponsored floats passed by. The procession began at 11 a.m. at Walker Elementary School and ended just after it passed Liberty Tool Co.

The following information about Memorial Day events in Prospect was provided by Barbara Tilley: "A large crowd of people started gathering on Main Street in Prospect around 11 a.m. to watch the parade, which began at noon. American Legion of Jerry W. Dobbins Post 174 of Sandy Point, Stockton, Prospect and Legionnaires from Bucksport proudly led with the American flag followed by Legionnaires who could not march, then a yellow convertible driven by Fred Swift with veteran’s widow Vivian Smart. Carley Scanlon of Bucksport twirled her baton before the Bucksport Middle School Band providing the marching music followed by kids walking and driving their bikes. A special treat of 11 small cars and trucks driven by Shriners, David Applebee, Todd Bridges, Sheldon Heath, Billy Holyoke, Dale Jordan, Erik Lauritsen, Greg Lawson, Kevin Mengo, Ted Russell, Josh Shute and Chuck Wood weaved in and around the parade, much to the delight of all. Elwin and Gloria Boynton had a touching patriotic float of crosses and flags, fire trucks from Stockton Springs, Searsport, Frankfort, West Frankfort, Bucksport, Orland and Prospect were cheered by many and then two Stockton Springs/Prospect ambulances and one utility truck followed.

"The American Flag was raised at the Maple Grove Cemetery by Ron Provencher Sr. and his sons Max and Bo while the Legionnaires stood at attention and paid their respects.

"Everyone gathered at the memorial in the center of town for a service honoring the veterans of the past and today and to the memories of loved ones. Of course, it did not start out well as the speaker system decided not to work so people had to talk real loud. The service was started by Chaplain Hollis Bagley with a prayer then a patriotic song by the band. Guest speaker state Rep. Karl Ward, R-Dedham, gave a very nice explanation of Memorial Day and why it is celebrated. After his speech, Legionnaire Hollis Bagley assisted Vivian Smart in placing the wreath on the monument. The Legionnaires service followed led by Commander Langden Chandler and then ended the service. Many thanks to all the participants and also to all that attended.

"The Prospect Community Club had a lunch for the Legionnaires in the dining room and the fire department had a barbecue of hot dogs and hamburgers by the fire station.

"The Marsh School held an open house 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A few people dropped in to see how the school has been improved and to relieve old memories."