LIVERMORE FALLS/JAY — On April 19 eight area citizens gathered at George Bunten Post 10 to discuss the upcoming Memorial Day programs.

A concern was voiced over the lack of power at the Chisholm Square monument to power a PA system or a light on the flagpole. The power that lights the monument goes off when the sun comes up. The group has been told that there should be a light on the American flag and a power source available for events soon.

Once again discussed was participation in the parade by area veterans. The group has been offered a flat bed trailer for all veterans to ride on down the parade route. All area veterans are asked to meet at Memco in Jay between 9 and 9:30 on Memorial Day, May 28.

Discussion was held on laying wreaths before, during and after the parade. More plans will be finalized at the next meeting.

Discussion was held on participation awards and ribbons for all who participate and groups who place a float or group in the parade. Money that the Memorial Day Committee has can only be used for flags and grave markers on veterans’ graves. The committee will discuss this further at the next meeting.

A WWII veteran has accepted the invitation to be parade marshal. The name and information on the marshal will be announced to the public soon. The marshal is keeping with the theme for this year’s parade, “World War II Veterans We Thank You.”

The committee is still looking for WWII or newer military equipment to be in the parade. Contact members as soon as possible for planning purposes.

Still needed are volunteers for floats and participation in the parade. Volunteers are needed to help set up the trailer for the veterans to ride on.

Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, 4H, ATV clubs, sport groups, school groups, church groups, businesses and any other group that would like to participate is welcome.  Contact the committee at the numbers below.

The committee asks all participants to remember that the Memorial Day parade is a day to honor and remember heroes. They instruct all fire-police-EMS to not run horns or sirens during the parade unless a true emergency.

They also ask that all floats and participants honor WWII veterans and music, song and dance reflect that theme.

Businesses are invited to sponsor an award given to the best unit participating. Schools could use the program as public service as they honor WWII veterans locally. How about putting together a float for town officials or area legislators to ride on? Any new piece of equipment, antique car or business truck could pull a float, carry a group or just ride through the parade route.

The next Memorial Day Committee meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at American Legion Post 10, 17 Reynolds Ave., Livermore Falls.

To contact or participate, call Donald Simoneau at 897-4139, Diane Getz at 320-0103 or Pat Knowlton at 897-3834, or email [email protected]

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