SOUTH PORTLAND — Memorial Day ceremonies and observances are planned this weekend in Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough and South Portland.
In South Portland, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion will sponsor two Memorial Day weekend events.
VFW Post 832 will place flags on the graves of veterans at five
cemeteries throughout the city on Saturday, May 23. Those interested in
helping should meet at the VFW, 50 Peary Terrace, at 9 a.m.
On Monday, May 25, the Memorial Day parade will start at 10:30 a.m.
in the parking lot of Southern Maine Community College. The parade will
move along Broadway to the roundabout on Ocean Street. A viewing stand
will be located in front of City Hall, 25 Cottage Road.
At noon, there will be a service and wreath-laying event at Bug Light Park, led by the VFW Color Guard.
The American Legion Libby Mitchell Post 76 in Scarborough is in charge of that town’s Memorial Day events, which feature services at local cemeteries and a parade.
Events will begin at 7:45 a.m. with a bus ride from Post Home on Libby Road to Black Point Cemetery, where the first service will be held at 8 a.m. From there, it will travel to Dunstan Memorial for an 8:30 a.m. service, Dunstan Cemetery for a service at 8:45 a.m., Blue Point Cemetery for a 9 a.m. service and then on to Scarborough High School at 9:30 a.m. to begin lining up for the parade behind the school.
At 10 a.m., the parade will begin, heading to the Maine Veterans Home, where the Kora Temple Highlanders will play. At 10:15 a.m., the parade will pause at the Veterans’ Monument for a service, with firing squad and color guard.
At 11 a.m., the parade will disband and the bus will return to Post 76 Home. There, at 11:45 a.m. they will raise the flag and, at noon, will hold an open house with refreshments.
Cape Elizabeth’s traditional parade and memorial services will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, with parade participants gathering on Fowler Road at 8:15 a.m.
The parade will begin at the intersection of Fowler and Old Ocean House roads, going north on Route 77 before turning onto Scott Dyer Road. The parade ends at the War Veteran’s Memorial, where a brief ceremony and laying of the wreath will be held. If the weather is bad Monday, that ceremony will be held in the high school cafeteria.
Following the ceremony, all are invited to an open house at the Town Center Fire Station.
Veterans and active duty personnel are invited to march, and any residents with family serving in the armed services can notify Jim Heubener at 767-1754 so they can be recognized. Other groups interested in marching should contact Heubener as soon as possible so they can be included.
This year’s parade marshal will be Lee Humiston, a Cape resident and Air Force veteran who served in the Vietnam War and is now director of the Maine Military Museum and Learning Center.
Sarah Trent can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 108 or firstname.lastname@example.org.