Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2023 will occur on Monday, May 29

Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.

Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the season. Glorious spring days on the Mid-coast of Maine are what we look forward to each season. Sparkling water, a cool sea breeze and everything is going green. It’s a magical time to be here in Maine, and a quiet one shared by those in the know.

Old-fashioned Memorial Days observances are the kind of things we hold on to and what keeps bringing you back once more.

All veterans are invited to join the parade, with the veteran detachment once again being led by USMC Barry Sherman.

Please join us in honoring our fallen brothers and sisters. You can join the parade at any of the locations or for the whole parade. 

There will be a breakfast for the Marine Firing Squad, the Color Guard, and their guests at the Legion Hall in the Industrial Park at 7:15.

The veterans will be marching rain or shine. The band and other participants will make their decision to participate independently.

Summary, times approximate:
8:15: Parade participants assemble at Newagen, march off promptly at 8:30.

9:15: West Southport – Parade “march off”

10:35: Boothbay Harbor – Parade “march off” and follow on to Whale Park

11:15: Boothbay Common – Parade “march off”

11:45: East Boothbay – Parade “march off”

All individuals and businesses are encouraged to fly their flags for the Memorial Day Weekend. Remember, the flags are to be at half-mast until noon on Monday.


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