Portland Veterans Day events include parade, unveiling of memorial

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PORTLAND — A new memorial and the traditional parade highlight upcoming Veterans Day observations.

At the first event, at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, Gov. Paul LePage and first lady Ann LePage will help unveil the new Easter Seals Maine Heroes Wall on Commercial Street at the DiMillo’s Boardwalk.

The wall features tiles honoring veterans, etched by Yarmouth-based Get Etched. Tiles, which can include photographs, can be ordered online in different sizes and can include photographs. Half the proceeds from each tile sale will benefit military and veteran services provided by Easter Seals Maine.

On Wednesday, Nov. 11, the annual Veterans Day parade will begin at 10:30 a.m., following its customary route east on Congress Street from Longfellow Square to City Hall Plaza.

The parade is organized by the American Legion Harold Andrews Post No. 17, and will be followed by a ceremony outside City Hall.

The parade will also be accompanied by street closures at various times in the staging area and along the route. The street closures may also include parking bans.

There will be METRO bus service on Veterans Day.

Street closures will occur at these times and places:

From 9 a.m. to noon along Congress Street from Mellen to State streets; State Street from Cumberland Avenue to Congress Street, and Dow Street from Brackett to Congress streets.

From 10:15 a.m.-noon along Congress Street from State to Franklin streets; High Street from Spring to Deering streets; Forest Avenue from Congress Street to Cumberland Avenue; Casco Street from Shepley to Congress streets; Center Street from Free to Congress streets; Preble Street from Congress Street to Cumberland Avenue; Temple Street from Federal to Congress streets; Chestnut Street from Congress Street to Cumberland Avenue.

Congress Street from Temple to Pearl streets will also be closed from 10:15 a.m.-1 p.m. Vehicles will be allowed to turn right on to Congress Street from Chestnut Street to head west, and right on Congress Street from Market Street to head east.

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or dharry@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

On Tuesday, Nov. 10, the Easter Seals Heroes Wall will be unveiled on the DiMillo’s Boardwalk off Commercial Street. Gov. Paul LePage and first lady Ann LePage will attend the 1 p.m. ceremony.

Portland City Hall reporter for The Forecaster. Baltimore native, lived in Maine since 1989. A journalist since 2005, covering much of Cumberland and York counties. I joined The Forecaster in 2012.