All veterans are invited to participate in the Maine Lobster Festival parade as its grand marshals Saturday, Aug. 3, in Rockland.

Parking is available in the Hannaford parking lot, 75 Maverick St., and at Winslow-Holbrook-Merritt American Legion Post 1, 335 Limerock St. The Hannaford lot is closest to Frederick Street, where veterans will assemble at 8 a.m.; transportation to Frederick Street will be provided for those who park at the post.

There will be several trailers, floats and air-conditioned vans for veterans to sit and ride in or on. Or you can march along the parade route with other veterans or family members.

Any and all veterans, from any branch of service, are invited to join in the parade. You do not have to be a member of the American Legion, VFW, or any other organization. If you served in any branch at any time, you are welcome to join in the parade.

Please note that all local streets will begin shutting down around 9 a.m. for the parade.

Wreaths Across America also will be participating in the parade.

Following the parade, the post will host veterans from Honor Flight Maine and other traveling dignitaries at a barbecue lunch from noon to 2:30 p.m. Shuttle drivers, cook assistants, servers and set up-take down help is needed.

For more information about parade participation, or to volunteer to help with the luncheon, please call Post 1 at 594-2901, Russ Wolfertz at 596-3221, Bob Rugar at 602-9990 or Dave Sulin at 975-3670.

Fundraiser in Belfast

Also on Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sons of the American Legion Post 43 is holding an "old-fashioned chicken barbecue" at Belfast City Park. There will be members of the Belfast Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and Disabled American Veterans on hand.

This is a fundraiser to help build the "relief fund" used to help veterans in need get through the winter (helping with oil, groceries, whatever the need may be). The event is open to the public, and the veterans' groups are asking everyone to join them. Suggested donation is $10/plate.

There will also be an auction that have been generously donated by local business helping with this effort.

Wreaths Across America exhibit to visit Belfast

The Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit will spend some time in Belfast. The trailer will be parked on Monday, Aug. 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rob's True Value Hardware Store, 96 Searsport Ave.

The exhibit represents the "teach" pillar of the Wreaths Across America mission, sharing information about our veterans and those who serve our country, and how every one can play a part in remembering and honoring them.

Inside the 48-foot trailer, visitors can explore, honor our fallen veterans and learn more about Wreaths Across America.

Wreaths Across America takes great pride in its mission to remember, honor and teach. The Mobile Education Exhibit helps to teach, not only the next generations, but all local community members, about the services and sacrifices of our nation’s military.

Joy Asuncion is a retired U.S. Navy veteran, an Honor Flight Maine board member, a Maine Troop Greeter and the Maine State Ambassador for the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Washington, D.C. She can be reached at 207-930-5640 or