Memorial Day Weekend Events in Lewiston-Auburn

The community will begin the holiday weekend at 9 a.m. Saturday with the opening of the Field of Honor display at Simard-Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston. People will be invited to look at the display’s 400 flags, walk through the rows and purchase a flag if they wish. The display is scheduled to be open until 6 p.m. Saturday, from 9 a.m.. until 7 p.m. Sunday, and from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Monday, Memorial Day.

Saturday’s events will continue with a parade at 9:30 a.m., run by the L&A Veterans Council. It will start at Kennedy Park in Lewiston, proceed down Chestnut Street, along Lisbon Street to Main Street and across the Longley Bridge to Auburn. Once there, it will loop through Great Falls Plaza, go past the Androscoggin County Courthouse and back down Court Street before settling in Lewiston at Veterans Memorial Park. Among the parade’s attractions will be a military Jeep that will be added to the park. It will be driven by and donated by Dolard Gendron of Lewiston.

At approximately 10:30 a.m. Saturday, members of the L&A Veterans Council will unveil its 21st stone tablet listing 219 names of local veterans at Veterans Memorial Park. It will be followed by the official unveiling and dedication of the park’s monument to the Unknown Soldier. The ceremony will include a wreath laying by brothers Arthur and Joe Paradis. Joe Paradis of Lewiston personally funded the monument and donated it to the park.

At approximately noon on Saturday, the Field of Honor at Simard-Payne Memorial Park will be dedicated in a short ceremony. Gov. Paul LePage is scheduled to attend along with local leaders.