Veterans Day observances around Waldo County, state

Nov 09, 2018

As Veterans Day this year falls on a Sunday, some communities plan events on Friday or Monday, the "observed" day, when banks, federal buildings and town offices will be closed.

In Belfast and most of Waldo County, most observances — including the city's annual Veterans Day Parade — will take place on the actual day, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m., honoring the tradition of recognizing veterans on the "11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month."

This year's parade has a new feature. In addition to contingents representing Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and Disabled American Veterans, as well as Boy and Girl Scouts, classic cars from the group "Reny's Cruise In" will provide transportation for veterans who wish to participate in the parade but are unable to walk or march.

The Belfast parade will step off at 11 a.m from Belfast Area High School, turn right down Waldo Avenue, then left on Main Street, and proceed to the waterfront, where a brief ceremony will be held.

VFW organizers are urging people to attend. "We would like to see as many spectators as possible to salute our community's veterans," they said in a press release.

For more information about Reny's Cruise In, visit the group's Facebook page.

Searsport events begin Friday

Searsport Elementary students (K through fifth grade) will hold their annual Veterans Day Recognition Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 9. All veterans are invited to attend the event, which begins at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and pastries in the cafeteria, followed by the ceremony at 9 a.m. Students will sing songs and read poems to honor local heroes.

Also on Nov. 9 there will be a beef stew dinner at the First Congregational Church in Searsport, starting at 5 p.m. Veterans eat free; the price for other adults is $8.

On Monday, Nov. 12, Anglers Restaurant will offer veterans up to $15 off their entrees at all three Anglers locations in Searsport, Hampden and Newport.

Dinner Saturday in Brooks

Veterans of Jackson and Brooks will hold a spaghetti supper Saturday, Nov. 10, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Varney Community Building on Route 137 in Brooks. Free will donations are requested at the door. Anyone having any damaged or unusable flags may bring them for a future flag burning ceremony.

Stockton Springs

Members of American Legion Post 157 will lead a memorial service Sunday, Nov. 11, beginning at 11 a.m., at downtown Veterans Park. All are welcome.


Freedom Recreation Committee will hold its annual Veterans Day observance Sunday, Nov. 11, starting with the tolling of the Freedom Congregational Church bells at 11 a.m. Pastor Paul Flynn will lead off with a prayer, Tyler C. Hadyniak will be master of ceremonies, and a group from the Chordsmen will sing.

Following the ceremony, refreshments will be served in the church hall, which is ADA accessible through the back door.


The Auxiliary of Northport Memorial VFW Post 6131, 780 Atlantic Highway, is hosting a Veterans Day dinner of roast turkey with all the fixings, plus live music and a bake sale, on Sunday at the Post Home.

Doors open at noon; serving starts at 1 p.m. The dinner is free for all veterans and their families; $8 for other adults and $5 for children under 12. For more information, call Betty at 323-6921 or email rfarrisandbfarris95@yahoo.com.

Around the state

Communities across Maine also will host parades, ceremonies, and other events to commemorate the service and sacrifices of our veterans. The Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services will be out supporting and participating in many of these events.

The following is a list of Veterans Day and other veteran-related events of interest:

Friday, Nov. 9

Veterans Luncheon, hosted by Rotary Club of Portland at the Holiday Inn by the Bay at noon. For more information, contact Portland Rotary, 899-6342, or portlandrotary@maine.rr.com.

Sunday, Nov. 11

Maine Veteran Mentors Pig Roast at the Waterville Elks Lodge 905, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Vietnam Veterans Recognition Ceremony at American Legion Post 2 in Augusta at 1 p.m.

WWI Memorial Dedication at the Southern Maine Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Springvale at 11 a.m.

Maine State Museum celebrates the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. A special program will begin at 11 a.m. with World War I re-enactors demonstrating military drills and inspections. Capt. Jonathan Bratten, historian of the Maine National Guard, and Maj. Gen. Douglas Farnham, Maine’s adjutant general, will give remarks, followed by a ceremonial wreath-laying. Admission is free.

The events of the day will celebrate all Maine veterans who, as a result of recent legislation, will have ongoing free admission to the Maine State Museum.

Monday, Nov. 12

Veterans Day Ceremony at Togus VA Medical Center at 8 a.m.

Friday, Nov. 16

Maine in WWI Symposium at the Michael Klahr Center on the University of Maine at Augusta Campus from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The seminar is free and will examine Maine’s participation in World War I. To register, call 621-3530 or visit https://hhrcmaine.org/wwiseminar/.

Speakers include: CPT Jonathan D. Bratten, command historian, Maine Army National Guard; Donald Zillman, author and Godfrey Professor, Maine School of Law; Earle G. Shettleworth Jr., state historian; Donald Soctomah, tribal historian, Passamaquoddy Nation; Professor Jeff Sychterz, University of Maine at Augusta/Bangor; visual artist Brenda Bettenson; and David Greenham, associate director, HHRC.

Friday, Nov. 30

Maine Arts Commission Veteran Recognition Ceremony at the State House (Hall of Flags) from 1 to 3 p.m.


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