Memorial Day ceremonies set in Westbrook, Gorham

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WESTBROOK — The gravestones of more than 1,500 veterans across the city have been adorned with American flags in advance of Monday’s Memorial Day holiday and community leaders are getting the final details settled for the city’s annual Memorial Day parade down Main Street.

Members of the Stephen W. Manchester American Legion Post 62 on Dunn Street earlier this month placed flags on gravestones of veterans interned at Woodlawn Cemetery on Stroudwater Street.

Phil Spiller, a member of the American Legion Post 62, said the American Legion Post 197, located on Conant Street,  honored veterans at St. Hyacinth Cemetery on Stroudwater Street with flags and the Westbrook Public Services department placed flags on the gravestones of veterans buried at Saccarappa Cemetery off Church Street and other smaller cemeteries throughout the city. If a veteran’s grave was missed, residents can contact Westbrook Public Services at 854-0660.

Spiller said all military veterans dating back to the Civil War were honored “whether they took part in any type of military operation, or not.”

The Westbrook community is scheduled together to pay their respects to veterans at the city’s annual Memorial Day parade Monday, May 28. The parade is set to begin on Longfellow Street at 10 a.m., with staging beginning an hour prior, and conclude at Riverbank Park, where a ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. Col. Haze McDougal, will serve as the 2018 Memorial Day Grand Marshal. Prior to the parade, a ceremony will be held at 8 a.m. at Veteran’s Rest in Woodlawn Cemetery. 

In Gorham, the Memorial Day parade, organized by the town’s recreation department, will form at 10 a.m. at the Village School, step off at 11 a.m. and continue along South Street for a wreath-laying ceremony at Phinney Park. The parade will then turn on to Main Street for a ceremony at Eastern cemetery and ending back at Village School. 

Units and individuals interested in participating should register with the department at 222-1630. Office coordinator and programmer Gail Platts said it is not to late for individuals to take part in the event.

Michael Kelley can be reached at 781-3661 x 125 or mkelley@keepmecurrent.com or on Twitter @mkelleynews.

In preparation for Memorial Day, members of Westbrook’s Stephen W Manchester American Legion Post 62 adorned the headstones of military veterans buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Members of the Stephen W. Manchester American Legion Post 62 placed more than ore than 1,500 flags alongside the gravestones of veterans buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Westbrook.

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