Cumberland, Falmouth, Freeport, Yarmouth parades to mark Memorial Day

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FALMOUTH — People in the towns just north of Portland will be hard pressed to not notice it’s Memorial Day on Monday, May 25.

Falmouth will host a parade, organized by the town’s American Legion Memorial Post 164, which starts at 65 Depot Road post at 10 a.m. It then heads to Foreside Road, and moves south to Pine Grove Park for ceremonies and singing that include performances by the middle and high school bands and choruses, Deborah Bonville Libby, and brothers James and William Wegener.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church will provide refreshments, and the Rev. Nathan Ferrell of St. Mary’s will offer an invocation.

Three wreathes will be laid, at the World War I monument on Foreside Road, the World War II monument in Pine Grove Park, and at the Civil War memorial in Pine Grove Cemetery.

Cumberland’s parade, which includes veterans and community groups, will start at the Mabel I. Wilson School on Tuttle Road and end at the veterans monument on Main Street.

An annual “Fun Run” race will also start at the Greely track at 8 a.m., with a 5K race starting at 8:30 a.m. A community band will additionally start playing at 7:30 a.m. at the Greely High School entrance.

Yarmouth’s Memorial Day parade, put on by American Legion Post 91, will leave Yarmouth High School, 286 West Elm St., at 10 a.m. The procession will end up at Memorial Green, where a ceremony will be held at 11 a.m.

Freeport starts the day at 8 a.m. with its downtown “Main Street Mile” event. The town’s parade follows at 9:30 a.m., forming at Freeport High School at 30 Holbrook St. The parade, which will feature police officers, the fire crew, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, school bands from Mast Landing School and the middle and high schools, and other community organizations, will head down Main Street and turn onto School Street.

The parade will then turn right onto Park Street before ending at the park on Bow Street for a 10 a.m. ceremony. Town Council Chairwoman Melanie Sachs and state Rep. Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, are scheduled to speak.

A Memorial Day sidewalk sale will also take place at Freeport Village Station and the surrounding area. The list of participants can be found at

On Chebeague Island, a service will be held at the Methodist church at 1 p.m., followed by an ice cream social at the Parish Hall.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.