In keeping with tradition, Gov. Paul LePage has directed all American and state of Maine flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to noon on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28.

On Memorial Day, the flag should be flown at half-staff from sunrise until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff until sunset, in honor of those who gave their lives in service to our country.

The following observances are planned around Waldo County this Memorial Day weekend:

Belfast

On Friday, May 25, Tarratine Tribe 13 and Osceola Council 47, IORM, of Belfast, host their 7th annual free Veterans Appreciation Dinner at Redmen Hall, 153 Main St. Social hour begins at 4 p.m. with a supper of spaghetti, meatballs, salads and desserts at 5 p.m. Entertainment (Belfast Voices) begins at 6 p.m. Girls Scouts will do the cooking, and Boy Scouts will serve.

On Saturday, May 26, 9 a.m., flag placement, Grove Cemetery, Belfast. Volunteers are needed to join the Belfast Veterans of Foreign Wars post to place American flags on all veteran graves. Volunteers will gather at the cemetery garage. VFW members will pass out poppies at Reny's and Belfast Co-op.

On Sunday, May 27, 10 a.m., Faith Temple Church, 193 Lincolnville Ave. (Route 52), Belfast, next to Troy Howard Middle School. Special service to remember and honor the men and women who served in the U.S. military and paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Belfast VFW Color Guard will participate.

On Monday, May 28:

8 a.m. – Service in front of Frank D. Hazeltine American Legion Post 43 memorial, 143 Church St., Belfast.

8:30 a.m. – Service in front of Randall Collins Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3108 memorial, 34 Field St., Belfast.

9 a.m. Service in Pine Grove Cemetery (three memorials).

9:40 a.m. Line up in Renys parking lot for parade.

9:55 a.m. Parade blessing.

10 a.m. Parade begins, ending at waterfront with final memorial service on the boat landing with a statement of proclamation, prayer by Faith Temple Church Pastor Michael Horton, honoring the VFW and Legion commanders, a wreath-laying ceremony, 21-gun salute and the playing of "Taps."

Brooks

Memorial Day begins with a free breakfast for all veterans at the Varney Building from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. At 9 a.m., American Legion Grant-Staples Post 183 begins the first of four ceremonies honoring service men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, placing a flower at the memorial stone in front of the First Congregational Church and playing "Taps." The group then will place a flower in the river, honoring Navy dead, followed by similar ceremonies at the Fire Department and behind Town Hall; the Legionnaires next depart for Jackson.

Jackson

The American Legion's Memorial Day ceremonies continue at about 9:30 a.m. at the Jackson Veterans Memorial in front of the Town Office. Coffee and baked goods will be served in the adjacent library, where military artifacts and memorabilia will be on display. The Legionnaires then move on to Monroe.

Monroe

Monroe Lions Club will hold its annual Memorial Day parade at 11 a.m. from the Monroe School to Gesner Park on Route 139. American Legion Post 183 of Brooks will participate, placing flowers in the river along the parade route.

Festivities to follow in the park include a chicken barbecue with homemade French fries, homemade pies and ice cream. There will be children's games and more. Tables for crafts can be rented. This event is held rain or shine. For more info, call Mario at 525-4445 or David at 525-4431.

Searsport

The Memorial Day parade, organized by American Legion Jerry W. Dobbins Post 157, will start at 9 a.m. Monday at the Public Safety Building and will go down Water Street to Mosman Park. Parade participants will form up at the Fire Station by 8:30 a.m. At Mosman Park there will be remarks, a prayer, a wreath-laying by Boy Scouts and the playing of "Taps."

Stockton Springs

The Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 28, will start at Just Barb's and go downtown, beginning at 10 a.m. This parade is organized by American Legion Jerry W. Dobbins Post 157. The observance includes placing a wreath in the stream on Cape Jellison. If anyone is interested in participating in the parade, please email jayswhitesr@gmail.com.

Prospect

The Memorial Day parade will be held Monday, May 28, at noon. Following the parade at the Veterans Memorial will be remarks by Rep. Karl Ward, R-Dedham; a presentation of the memorial wreath; and a prayer lead by the Rev. Helen Shaw. There will be a barbecue at the Fire House; donations are welcome. To participate in the parade, contact Linda Gamble, 567-3615.

Searsmont

The annual Memorial Day parade begins at 9 a.m. from the Community Building to the post office. Roads along the parade route — Route 131 (Main Street), Woodman’s Mill Rood, New England Road, Moody Mountain Road, and Muzzy Ridge Road — will be closed at their intersections with Main Street at 8:30 a.m. Drivers are asked to use alternate routes.

Unity

Friday, May 25, is National Poppy Day, and members of Belfast Veterans of Foreign Wars will be in Unity giving out the Red Buddy Poppy.

Benjamin Berry Post 50 American Legion and Auxiliary of Unity will be holding a Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 28, at 9 a.m. The parade will start at the Town Office on School Street and proceed to Pond Cemetery and back to the Town Office. All are welcome to attend.

Winterport

The Memorial Day parade will start at Leroy Smith School at 11 a.m., make a stop at the Winterport Memorial Library and continue to Oak Hill Cementery where Sen. Michael Thibodeau, R-Waldo, will speak. The Boy Scouts will help with the color guard. Others in the parade are the Hampden Academy band, Girl Scouts and Little Leaguers.

Rockland

On Sunday, May 27, members of Belfast VFW will be handing out poppies at Shaw's supermarket.

Thomaston

On Saturday, May 26, 11 a.m., "Boots on the Ground" event at Knox Museum, featuring a special talk by author, entrepreneur and decorated Vietnam veteran Charles W. Newhall III from his book “Fearful Odds, A Memoir of Vietnam and its Aftermath." Free admission, lunch, music and tours. Seating will be outside under a tent at Montpellier, 30 High St., Thomaston. For more information, please visit knoxmuseum.org

Sunday, May 27 at 2 p.m., citizens will gather at the graveside of Elder Samuel Baker in the Village Cemetery, Dublin Road, South Thomaston, and pay their long-overdue respect for his patriotic service as a chaplain during the War of 1812 and his contributions as a 19th century theologian and utopian. The Wessaweskeag Historical Society, in association with the Randall Collins Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3108 of Belfast and the Elder Samuel Baker Circle, have coordinated this community event.

Sunday afternoon’s ceremony will consist of a eulogy and a short talk about chaplaincy during War of 1812, the decoration of the chaplain’s grave with a wreath and appropriate veterans marker. Belfast VFW Post 3108 will have an honor guard, a rifle squad for a 21-gun salute, and a bugler to play "Taps." Afterward, the public is invited to enjoy refreshment and fellowship at the nearby Historical Society museum-meeting room.

For additional information, the public is invited to call Charles Jacobs of the Elder Samuel Baker Circle at 594-2637.