Falmouth300 celebration adds to Memorial Day weekend events

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FALMOUTH — Freeport, Yarmouth, North Yarmouth, Cumberland and Falmouth will honor and recognize the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28.

Falmouth will also hold the first of three Falmouth300 “signature” events this weekend.

The Falmouth Fest & Old Home Days will be held 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday, May 26 at Community Park, off Winn Road. The festival will include musical entertainment, food, living history demonstrations, old-fashioned games and contests, exhibits, displays, vendors and more.

In addition, on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, American Legion Post 164 will sponsor a parade at 10 a.m. from the post on Depot Road to Pine Grove Cemetery on Foreside Road.

Units marching in the parade will include color guards from the Legion and the Fire Department, along with representatives of Boy Scout Troop 93, town and school leaders, the middle and high school bands, the Lions Club and more.

Following the parade, the Falmouth Fire Department will hold an open house at its Foreside Fire Station, noon-2 p.m., with the goal of recruiting more members for the local call company.

Freeport’s parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the corner of Main and Holbrook streets. It will include bands from the high School, middle school and Mast Landing School, along with singers from Mast Landing School, local Scouts, members of the Little League, youth football players, police and fire personnel and an American Legion auxiliary vehicle.

Council Chairwoman Sarah Tracy will lead the ceremony with opening remarks, followed by House Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport.

Yarmouth’s ceremony will be hosted by American Legion Post 91. A parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Yarmouth High School’s West Elm Street entrance and end at the Memorial Green in front of Town Hall. Among those to march in the parade will be school bands, Scouts, and fire and police personnel.

In North Yarmouth on Memorial Day, the U.S. flag and POW/MIA flags at the North Yarmouth Memorial Park will be lowered to half staff, and military service flags will be raised. All flags will be raised to full staff at noon.

Cumberland continues its 91-year tradition with its rain-or-shine Memorial Day Celebration. A fun run for children 12 and younger kicks things off at 8 a.m. on the Greely High School track, 303 Main St. A community band performance will be held on the school’s front lawn from 8-8:30 a.m., after which a 5K Run & Remember Race will begin in front of the school.

Registration can be in person, by mail at the Cumberland Recreation Department, 290 Tuttle Road, or online at running4free.com. Registration the day of the race takes place in the Greely High gym between 7-8 a.m.

A parade will proceed up Main Street at 10 a.m., culminating at 10:30 a.m. at the veterans memorial at Moss Side Cemetery, with guest speaker Peter Bingham Sr., who is a veteran and town councilor.

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