Memorial Day events planned in several area towns
FREEPORT — Memorial Day events will include parades, music and guest speakers in Freeport, Yarmouth, Falmouth, Cumberland and Chebeague Island on Monday, May 30.
Freeport's parade will begin at the high school, 30 Holbrook St., at 9:30 a.m. and will travel north on Main Street to School Street. At 10 a.m., a Memorial Ceremony will take place at the Bow Street Park.
Town Council Chairman James Cassida will introduce the ceremony and Rep. David Webster, D-Freeport, will speak. Music will be provided by various Regional School Unit 5 bands and choirs. In case of rain, the program will be held in the Freeport High School auditorium at 10 a.m.
There will be a special Memorial Day ceremony at 1 p.m. at the Chebeague Island United Methodist Church at 1 p.m. After the service, residents will decorate veteran's graves and enjoy live music.
In Falmouth, the Memorial Day parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the American Legion, 65 Depot Road. The parade will travel to Foreside Road and continue along Route 88 to Pine Grove Park, where a ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m.
The guest speaker will be U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and refreshments will be served on the lawn of St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 43 Foreside Road.
Events in Yarmouth begin at 7 a.m., with flags at the Village Green being flown at half staff until noon. Wreaths will be placed at the Log Cabin, North Yarmouth Academy, the Royal River park and at Ledge, Riverside and Hillside cemeteries.
A parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Yarmouth High School and travel from West Elm Street to Main Street to the Memorial Green for a ceremony at 10:45 a.m.
In Cumberland, the Memorial Day parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the Mabel I. Wilson School.
The Greely High School band and local Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops will march down Tuttle Road and Main Street, where they will gather at the William Merrill Memorial monument for a flag-raising and wreath-placing ceremony. The parade will then continue on to Moss Side Cemetery and return to the Gyger Gymnasium.
There are no scheduled events for Memorial Day in North Yarmouth.