Parades, ceremonies, to mark Memorial Day in Mid-Coast

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Mid-Coast communities will celebrate Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, with parades and other events.

Brunswick and Topsham are teaming up with their annual joint parade. The theme is “Remembering D-Day, June 6, 1944,” and units will begin forming at Monument Place in Topsham at 7 a.m.

Main Street will close to traffic at 8 a.m., and marchers will start to line up at Monument Place at 8:15 a.m., where an observance will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Antique cars will leave at 9 a.m. as the parade heads to Brunswick. An observance will be held on the bridge leading over the Androscoggin River, before the parade proceeds to Senter Place. It ends at Fitch Place at 11 a.m., with a Brunswick observance.

Veterans will also be laying a wreath before 8 a.m. at the Joshua Chamberlain statue in Brunswick.

In Bath, donuts and coffee will be offered at American Legion Post 21, 200 Congress Ave., from 6-7 a.m. At 8 a.m., the Sons of the Union Vets will gather at the Civil War Monument in Oak Grove Cemetery, and there will be a wreath ceremony at Waterfront Park at 9:30 a.m.

The parade will assemble at the American Legion Hall at 10 a.m., and begin marching at 10:30 a.m., proceeding from Congress Avenue to Lincoln Street, and then to Centre Street, where a wreath will be laid at a soldier’s monument. The parade continues to Front and Linden streets, and concludes at Library Park, where a memorial service will take place.

In Harpswell, a wreath-tossing ceremony will occur at Ewing Narrows Bridge at 10:30. A parade will start at the intersection of Lookout Point Road and Harpswell Neck Road at 11 a.m. It will proceed through the center of town before concluding at the intersection of Harpswell Neck Road and the northern terminus of Allen Point Road.

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.