NEW GLOUCESTER – Hundreds lined a two-mile parade route along Routes 100 and 231 on Memorial Day to honor soldiers who gave their lives and service to America.
The morning ceremony gave pause to remember and honor soldiers in all wars who gave their lives to the cause of freedom for America, said Helen Taylor, AMVET Post 6 Auxiliary member. “It’s nice to see the streets lined with flags. Keep the servicemen and women in your prayers to keep them safe,” she said.
“Let us pause on this day of memorial for a moment of silence, calling to our minds those who have served and fallen for the cause of peace,” said the Rev. Linda Gard of the First Congregational Church of New Gloucester.
“As we remember those whose lives have been lost in wars, let us also be mindful of those who survive with lives forever changed by what they gave endured,” she said.
Gwen Hunnewell Jordan, a Gold Star mother, laid a wreath at a marker at the intersection of Routes 100 and 231.
The parade route marchers included AMVET Post 135 color guard, the AMVET Post 6 Auxiliary; Post 86 of the American Legion of Gray, New Gloucester Fire Department vehicles, Boy and Girl Scout troops, the Bible Believing Church in New Gloucester and the 15th Alabama Company G and bands from Gray New Gloucester High and Middle schools.
A parade of motorcycles and two horseback riders along with children riding bicycles also joined the parade, along with members of the New Gloucester Democratic and Republican parties and local politicians.
The Gray-New Gloucester Lions Club passed out candy to bystanders while marching along the route.
“I know a lot of soldiers from Gray and New Gloucester have gone overseas to fight for freedom. Let’s keep them in our prayers,” said Dee Rogers of AMVET Post 6.
“Let us salute courage and bravery,” said AMVET Post 6 Commander Ray Cyr.