SCARBOROUGH – As COVID-19 is no longer a pandemic and restrictions surrounding the disease have been lifted, the Libby-Mitchell No. 76, American Legion, is holding the Memorial Day Parade in the town of Scarborough for the first time since 2019.
Cancellations after two years Due to the coronavirus, Memorial Day in Scarborough will be marked with a parade followed by a service on Monday 30th May.
“As we all know, COVID-19 has taken a great toll on our everyday lives,” said Phil Ceaser, commander of American Legion Post No. 76. “That’s why we want this year’s Memorial Day Parade to be one that will be remembered by all.”
American Legion members will leave the American Legion home at 7:45 am to begin ceremonies at Black Point Cemetery, Dunstan Monument, Dunstan Cemetery, Blue Point Cemetery and Veteran’s Monument. A flag will be raised at the home of Post #76, followed by an open house with food and refreshments.
“We will place wreaths and flags at each of the ceremonies with a small contingent before the parade,” Ceaser said.
Those participating in the parade must gather at 9:30 am. The parade starts at 10:00 am. Participants begin behind Scarborough High School on the ramp leading to the right side of the school facing Route 114 and turn right onto Route 114 then proceeds to US Route 1 and turns right, passes the city offices and turns Turn left into the Maine Veterans’ Home. It stops in the parking lot in front of the worship building at the Legion Monument. The firing squad and color guard will continue to present the colors.
“The parade will culminate at the Maine Veterans’ Home,” Ceaser said. “This allows residents of the Veterans Home to participate in the parade. This allows us to pay tribute to those individuals who have served this country in the uniformed military services.”
Participating in the parade are members of the Scarborough Police Honor Guard, Post No. 76th Color Guard and Firing Squad, Legion of Honor, Scarborough High School Band, Scarborough Fire Department Honor Guard, Veterans in Vintage Cars, Boy Scout Groups, Service Groups and Fire Part Vehicles and Public Works Vehicles.
This year, Maj. Gen. John W. Libby, retired adjutant general of the Maine State National Guard, will deliver the keynote address at the Maine Veterans’ Home in Scarborough. The parade will have two Grand Marshalls this year; they are retired Police Commissioner Mike Thurlow and retired Police Commissioner Robbie Moulton.
For more information, contact Post #76 at 207-883-3902.