River Valley towns to mark Memorial Day

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RUMFORD — Many communities in the River Valley will observe Memorial Day on Monday with remembrances of those who have fallen in defense of the country.

The largest of the events is the Rumford-Mexico parade and ceremonies sponsored by the Napoleon Ouellette American Legion Post 24 in Rumford.

The Rumford-Mexico Parade will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, rain or shine, at the American Legion Post parking lot across from the Rumford Rite Aid. It will go through Rumford and Mexico for roughly 3 miles before stopping at the Mexico Greens for a service.

Andover will hold its Memorial Day ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday on the Town Common, according to Tina Farrington of the Town Office. The event, sponsored and organized by the Andover Knights of Pythias, will include a memorial service led by Pastor Jane Rich, the Rev. Justin Thacker and Pastor Ken Wagstaff, a speech and a dedication of a new Civil War plaque by Stephen Hall at the Civil War Memorial, and musical group The Robinsons singing “God Bless America.”

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Peru and Dixfield Memorial Day ceremonies, sponsored and organized by the Swasey-Torrey American Legion Post 100, will begin at 8:30 a.m at the Canton Cemetery, Oscar Hebert, post vice commander, said.

The Canton memorial service will be followed with one at the Dixfield Cemetery at 9 a.m. The Memorial Day observance will close with a tossing of a wreath into the Androscoggin River from the Dixfield-Peru Bridge.

State Rep. Sheryl Briggs, D-Mexico, will deliver the keynote address. In addition, the Dirigo High School Marching Band will participate, Hebert said.

                                 dfayen@sunjournal.com

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