New Gloucester’s Memorial Day parade draws a crowd


NEW GLOUCESTER — Hundreds waved flags and saluted marchers who walked a 2-mile stretch of Routes 100/231 on a warm, sunny Memorial Day observance Monday.

New Gloucester firefighter George Carman was one of those who marched in his department’s color guard along the route from the AMVET Post 6 Hall to Memorial School. Last year Carman, who received a double lung transplant this winter, was driven through the parade event due to declining health.

Gwen Hunnewell Jordan, a Gold Star mother, laid a wreath along the route to commemorate the loss of loved ones who served their country in wars past and present. She lost her twin brother during war.

At a solemn ceremony at Memorial School, hundreds listened to the musical offerings from the Gray-New Gloucester high and middle school bands.

Civil War re-enactors representing the 15th Alabama, Company C, shot volleys during the ceremony.

The Rev. Linda K. Gard gave opening and closing prayers asking for healing and peace ahead, remembering the sacrifices made by those who serve in the military.

World War II veteran Ray Sylvester, wearing his military uniform, laid a wreath below the flagpole at the school, then saluted as taps was played.

State Rep. Ellie Espling, R-New Gloucester, gave a keynote speech talking about honor, commitment and sacrifice by soldiers serving this country at times of war.