Lewiston, Auburn to host Memorial Day Parade Ceremony Saturday

LEWISTON — After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the L&A Veterans Council will hold a Memorial Day parade on Saturday before the annual ceremony to honor U.S. service members who died while serving in the armed forces.

A wreath for the Royal Canadian Legion will be laid Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston in remembrance of the more than 100 Canadian veterans who are buried in Lewiston and the surrounding area. Photo submitted

The parade route begins Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at Simones’ hot dog stand on Chestnut Street. It will go down Lisbon Street, turn left on Main Street, cross the Longley Bridge to Auburn and back across the bridge to Veterans Memorial Park on Main Street in Lewiston.

Veterans groups and other organizations are expected to participate in the parade.

The ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park will begin after the parade. The guest speaker will be U.S. Senator Angus King, according to Jerry Dewitt, president of the L&Auburn Veterans Council.

Two new memorial pews will be dedicated: one to the Obie family and the other to the Daughters of the American Revolution. There are 33 memorial stones with more than 200 names each in the park, but a 34th stone won’t be ready until Veterans Day in November at the earliest, Dewitt said.

Captain Kevin Michaud, a retired Air Force veteran, will lay a wreath on behalf of the Royal Canadian Legion. The wreath will be used to remember the more than 100 Canadian veterans who are buried in and around Lewiston.

According to Dewitt, a special surprise exhibit from a local business will be on display over Memorial Day weekend.

The City of Auburn will dedicate two new veterans’ memorials at Mount Auburn Cemetery Friday beginning at 10 a.m. The new stones will recognize veterans from the invasion of Grenada to the Global War on Terror. The cemetery also has a memorial erected in 1946 by the Auburn Lions Club, which has been updated to honor Auburn’s Vietnam War veterans.

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