RUMFORD – A World War II tank, a couple of command vehicles from the same era, and several other military vehicles will be among the vehicles in the Memorial Day parade set for 10 a.m. on Monday, May 29.
American Legion Commander Bob Richardson said the vehicles are being borrowed from Larry Costa, owner of World Wide Language Resources in downtown Rumford.
Besides the unique vehicles, the fire department, Snowshoe Club, Boy Scouts and Women’s Auxiliary of the Legion will take part in the parade, along with veterans from several wars.
The parade kicks off from the former Agway parking lot, then proceeds across Memorial Bridge to the rotary where former state Sen. Norman Ferguson will deliver the address. From there, participants will be transported to the Mexico Plaza where the parade will reform and march to the Mexico Greens where another service will be held.
An open house with a display of Legion memorabilia and military artifacts will be held at the American Legion on Congress Street after the parade. Everyone is invited to attend.
In Bethel, a parade begins at Kelly’s Auto Parts on Mechanic Street at 11 a.m. It will proceed to the Churchill Memorial at the corner of Main and Mechanic streets where a brief ceremony will take place, then continue on to the Bethel Commons where a surprise speaker will lead the commemoration.
Participants will include the Mahoosuc Music Makers, a quartet from the Sweet Adelines, and Boy and Girl Scouts. Following the service, the children who took part in the parade and the adults who helped decorate veterans’ graves are invited to the American Legion Hall on Vernon Street for snacks and drinks.
The Dixfield American Legion and anyone else who chooses to participate will gather at 9 a.m. at the Greenwood Cemetery on Weld Street to raise and lower the flag in remembrance of fallen service people and to lay a cross at the war memorial. The Dirigo High School Band is expected to perform.
Following a brief ceremony, participants will drive to the Peru/Mexico Bridge where they will be joined by members of the Peru American Legion. Flowers will be tossed into the Androscoggin River from the bridge in memory of service people who died at sea.
On the Sunday prior to Memorial Day, a Memorial Day church service takes place at 10 a.m. at the Dixfield Congregational Church.