Gracelawn Memorial Park to hold memorial program


AUBURN — Gracelawn Memorial Park will hold its annual Memorial Day program at 12:15 p.m. Monday, May 31.

The program will include a flag-raising ceremony. The U.S. flag will be raised, accompanied by a bugle solo of “Taps” by Roger Renaud and cannon fire provided by VFW Post 1603 of Auburn.

The Maine flag, the POW/MIA flag and the flag of each branch of the armed services will be raised, accompanied by the appropriate anthem for each branch. In addition, a flag of heroes and a flag of honor commemorating victims of Sept. 11 will be raised.

The U.S. flag will be raised by Cory McCollette, a veteran of the U.S. Army who completed two tours of duty in Iraq. The POW/MIA flag will be raised by Philip Roy, an Army veteran of World War II who spent six months in a German POW camp.

This year’s vocal performers will be Kathy Haley and Shawna Bean who will lead the singing of the anthems. University of Maine theatre major Adam Blais will sing “The Star Spangled Banner.” Retired Auburn Fire Chief Wayne Werts and members of the Auburn Police Department will also participate.

The hour-long program will conclude with a group singing of “God Bless America.” The public is invited.