It is the day set aside to show gratitude and to honor the men and women who died for our freedoms.
Memorial Day ceremonies were held in Newagen, Southport, Boothbay Harbor, Boothbay, East Boothbay and Edgecomb. The attendance was very good, as was the turnout of marching veterans, at each location despite the light rain. The day of ceremonies began at 8:30 and ended at 1 p.m., followed by a cookout for parade participants and others at American Legion Post 36 in Boothbay.
Grand marshal was Hugh W. Howard III, Commander Naval Special Warfare Command. RADM Howard has command of over 10,000 members including 2,998 Sea, Air, Land operators, our Navy SEALS.
Pastor Richard Rego, Gerry Gamage, Rev. Peter Ilgenfritz, Deacon Bob Curtis, Alfred Roberts, Pastor Roger Ferrell and Joel Morley each gave addresses at the various ceremony sites. Each reminded the crowd about the meaning of Memorial Day – to never forget the sacrifices of our military men and women.
The Community Band, about 15 strong, provided music and “Taps” while the U.S. Marines from the Marine Reserve unit in Brunswick provided the firing detail. Local USCG station sailors provided the Color Guard. Participating in the parade this year were members of our USCG Auxiliary and Girl Scouts. The parade even had some floats.