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This Memo­r­ial Day, Don’t For­get to Remember

Annual Memo­r­ial Day Parade and Ceremony

It is almost Memo­r­ial Day, a hol­i­day that has become syn­ony­mous with a long week­end, cook­outs, parades, and local fairs. While we spend time cel­e­brat­ing with friends and fam­ily, is impor­tant not to for­get the rea­son that we all come together on the last week­end in May. The Memo­r­ial Day Parade and cer­e­mony is ded­i­cated to the remem­brance of the men and women who sac­ri­ficed their lives in defense of this great nation. We take this moment to honor their lives and rec­og­nize the sac­ri­fice made in all national con­flicts of war from the Civil war to current.

Memo­r­ial Day began as Dec­o­ra­tion Day, born out of the Civil War as a way to remem­ber those who died in ser­vice to our coun­try. Offi­cially pro­claimed on May 5, 1868 by Gen­eral John Logan, “The 30th of May, 1868, is des­ig­nated for the pur­pose of strew­ing with flow­ers, or oth­er­wise dec­o­rat­ing the graves of com­rades who died in defense of their coun­try dur­ing the late rebel­lion, and whose bod­ies now lie in almost every city, vil­lage and ham­let church­yard in the land.”

Over one hun­dred years later, Con­gress approved the Uni­form Mon­day Hol­i­day Act in 1971, set­ting the day of remem­brance on the last Mon­day of May. Today, Memo­r­ial Day is cel­e­brated with an annual cer­e­mony at Arling­ton National Ceme­tery and local obser­vances around the nation.

Of the well over one mil­lion Amer­i­can vet­er­ans who lost their lives in ser­vice to their coun­try, Skowhe­gan vets make up hun­dreds of our com­mu­nity and many more in the area. These brave men and women made the ulti­mate sac­ri­fice serv­ing in con­flicts from the Civil War to the present day.

This Memo­r­ial Day week­end, We encour­age you to set some time aside to visit one of the numer­ous local memo­r­ial sites in your area to pay your respects and honor all of our fallen soldiers.

Please join us on: Memo­r­ial Day, Mon­day, May 29, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. – Parade starts at Smart and Edward Funeral Home, Madi­son Avenue Skowhe­gan and ends at the Vet­er­ans Memo­r­ial Park on Water Street, Skowhegan.

11:00 a.m. – Cer­e­mony at Memo­r­ial Park

The Parade is orga­nized by a net­work of local civic minded groups, orga­ni­za­tions, and individuals.

Pub­lic Info or to Reg­is­ter for the Parade: Skowhe­gan Area Cham­ber of Com­merce, 207.474.3621 or email­ing us This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Find more Infor­ma­tion here.

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