Parade, wreaths, speeches to mark Memorial Day

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PORTLAND — The annual Memorial Day parade will step off at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 25.

The parade, sponsored by Harold T. Andrews American Legion Post No. 17, will begin at Longfellow Square and proceed down Congress Street before ending at Monument Square.

Joe Rich, the parade coordinator for the Andrews Post, said there will be a presentation at Monument Square once the parade arrives. He said Legion member and master of ceremonies Ernie Shorey will speak, as will University of Southern Maine professor Herb Adams on the history of Memorial Day.

Mayor Michael Brennan will be there as well, and will also speak, Rich said.

Rich said wreaths will be laid in Monument Square, and, prior to the parade, at the John Ford statue at Gorham’s Corner (the intersection of York, Pleasant, Fore and Center streets), the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge, and at Harold T. Andrew’s grave in Evergreen Cemetery on Stevens Avenue.

Rich said the All City High School Band will be featured in the parade, along with several veteran’s organizations, and annual participants like the Boy Scouts.

Congress Street will be closed to traffic from approximately 10:15-11:30 a.m., according to City Hall spokeswoman Jessica Grondin.

Colin Ellis can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or Follow him on Twitter: @colinoellis.

Reporter covering the Portland Public School District as well as the town of Falmouth for The Forecaster. Can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or