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Local Memorial Day events scheduled

A flag flies from the grave of a Revolutionary War veteran.  [Description of event by Ray Hamilton] On May 17, the Ancient Ones Of Maine had a ceremony and placed a proper Revolutionary War flag holder on a grave in Canton, Maine. The grave belongs to Samuel Simmons. He is buried in his family cemetery beside Meadowview Road. As I placed the new marker I thanked Samuel for his service and then fifteen or so A/O members fired a volley from muskets and rifles. The barrage would have reminded Samuel of some of the battles he had fought in. Every flintlock went off together and the huge gray cloud hung over the cemetery momentarily and then a gust of wind moved the cloud off into the distance. As I stood in reverence I couldn't help but think how that cloud is a lot like our time here on earth.   The Ancient Ones of Maine are a pre-1840 living history group who formed in the early 1980's. They meet in Canton at least twice a year to live the history. Ray Hamilton is a member and writes a monthly blackpowder/hunting column for the Northwood's Sporting Journal. He can be found in Livermore.

[Description by Ray Hamilton] On May 17, the Ancient Ones Of Maine had a ceremony and placed a proper Revolutionary War flag holder on a grave in Canton, Maine. The grave belongs to Samuel Simmons. He is buried in his family cemetery beside Meadowview Road. As I placed the new marker I thanked Samuel for his service and then fifteen or so A/O members fired a volley from muskets and rifles. The barrage would have reminded Samuel of some of the battles he had fought in. Every flintlock went off together and the huge gray cloud hung over the cemetery momentarily and then a gust of wind moved the cloud off into the distance. As I stood in reverence I couldn't help but think how that cloud is a lot like our time here on earth.
The Ancient Ones of Maine are a pre-1840 living history group who formed in the early 1980's. They meet in Canton at least twice a year to live the history. Ray Hamilton is a member and writes a monthly blackpowder/hunting column for the Northwood's Sporting Journal. He can be found in Livermore.


A series of local events will celebrate Memorial Day Monday, with wreaths, flags and parades.

IN FARMINGTON:

All parade participants line up at 9:30 a.m. in front of Mallett School on Middle Street.

9 a.m. - Wreath laying ceremony at the World War 1 monument with color guard and prayer by Chaplain Langdon Adams.

9:30 a.m. - Services at the Post. Bernadette Harvel is guest speaker. Service to adjourn at 9:50 AM, followed by the parade.

10 a.m. - Parade begins. The parade route is as follows: all participants line up at the corner of Middle and High Streets. The lead element will take a right onto High Street, an immediate left on Academy Street, and continue to Main Street. They will turn right on Main Street north to Meeting House Park for additional wreath placements, then ahead to Anson Street. They will turn right on Anson, to the cemetery behind the old court house. A wreath laying and TAPS will take place, then continue on Anson to High Street. A right turn on High Street will lead back to the American Legion Post. There a lunch will be offered, and a car show in front of Mallett School.

IN JAY

Services will also be held at 6:30 a.m. at the VFW Post 3335 in Jay. Memorial Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. at Memco on Main Street in Jay.

IN WILTON:

There will be a small event in Monument Square, similar to the recent Veteran's Day events, beginning at 9 a.m. The event will feature a wreath made by Russell Black, Mark Sennick as a speaker and a prayer by Dr. David Smith.

 

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  1. People who haven't a clue what the American Flag represents should really attend this, too !!

    Flag Day Ceremony to be held on Sunday, June 9 at 11 a.m. at the Meetinghouse Park in Farmington. The eight American flags along with the MIA-POW flag will be displayed by the Western Maine Young Marines. The Emblem Club will be doing a flag folding ceremony along with leading us in singing our national anthem and America the Beautiful. The Farmington American Legion will be performing a symbolic flag burning. If anyone has any flags that need to be disposed of, please bring them with you. All are welcome, come and learn about our great country's flags. in case of rain, this ceremony will be held in the banquet room at the Farmington Elks Lodge on school street in West Farmington. Refreshments will be available after the ceremony at the Elks Lodge. For further information please call the Farmington Elks Lodge at 778-6761.

  2. why will you not post my question? I just want to know if there is a parade in Jay.

  3. never mind

  4. New Vineyard looks especially nice with all the flags up.

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