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Memorial parade and ceremony set for May 26

The Lewiston and Auburn Veterans Council will hold their annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony on Saturday, May 26.

The parade will line up at Kennedy Park in Lewiston at 8:30 a.m. and will start at 9:30. The route will follow Chestnut Street, Lisbon Street, Main Street, cross Longley Bridge, circle the Auburn Plaza, and return over Longley Bridge to end at Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston for the ceremony.

At the ceremony will be U.S. Congressmen Michael Michaud, a representative from U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Mayors of Lewiston and Auburn, a representative from the Army National Guard, the Chairman of the L & A Veterans Council Raymond Boulet and others. The council is still anticipating that U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe will be present.

The ceremony will start with the National Anthem and Invocation, followed by the placing of the wreath, rifle or canon shots, “Taps” by Roger Renaud, speeches by the dignitaries in attendance, songs by the “Just Us” group accompanied by Nel Meservier on the keyboard, and a reading of the names of the Post members who passed away during the last year by the veterans post chaplains.

The ceremony on Saturday will end with the unveiling of the 23rd stone bearing 216 names and the logo of the U.S. Army National Guard, followed by a rendition of “God Bless America.”

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