Mid-Coast communities plan Memorial Day events

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BATH — Mid-Coast communities are paying homage to the soldiers who gave their lives for this country in a variety of Memorial Day activities on Monday, May 30.

Members of American Legion Post 21 in Bath will assemble at their 200 Congress Ave. headquarters from 6-7 a.m. and then proceed to Oak Grove Cemetery.

Auxiliary Unit 21 will perform a service at 8:15 a.m., followed by one by the Sons of the American Legion at 8:30 a.m. and by Post 21 at 8:45 a.m. Another service is planned at Waterfront Park at 9:30 a.m.

A Memorial Day parade will assemble in the Legion parking lot at 10 a.m. and begin at 10:30 a.m. It will proceed along Lincoln, Centre and Front streets, and conclude at Library Park. A wreath-laying service will occur at the park, and refreshments will be available to the public at the post home after noon.

In Topsham, a Memorial Day ceremony by American Legion Post 202 will be held in front of the municipal building, 100 Main St. at 8 a.m. A parade will start outside Mt. Ararat High School at 8:30 a.m., and will proceed down Main Street, over the Green Bridge, where a gun salute will occur. The parade then will lead into Brunswick and conclude with ceremonies at the town mall.

In Harpswell, American Legion Post 171 will throw a wreath off the Ewing Narrows Bridge at 10:30 a.m. in memory of those who have served. The Memorial Day program begins at 11 a.m., and an ensuing parade begins at Lookout Point Road and concludes at the north end of Allen Point Road.

Refreshments will be served at the Grange Hall at 529 Harpswell Neck Road (Route 123) after the ceremony. The Ladies of the Kellogg Church will sell cookies before and after the event.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. 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.