100 years ago: 1918

The most wonderful sight in Maine yesterday was the giant, impromptu parade as it wound through Lisbon Street across the North Bridge into Auburn. Probably, had it been planned for weeks in advance, it wouldn’t have been half so elaborate and fine. It was the spirit of the thing — the enthusiasm that no other event in the world could have aroused — that made it go. The fire departments; the fraternal and secret orders; massed representatives of the great shoe shops and factories; individuals by the hundreds, on foot and in automobiles — they were all there. Viewed front the top of the Journal building, or any other eminence, it looked like a thinly poured stream of scarlet and gold and other shades and colors moving slowly between dense masses of humanity. Difficult to say which was the more wonderful, the parade or the crowds that cheered. It was “some parade” — all our carefully planned Fourth of July celebrations together couldn’t approach it for spontaneity.

50 years ago: 1968

The annual Veterans Day Parade was held in Lewiston on Monday and James A. McMahon of Auburn served as marshal. The parade left Kennedy Park at 9:30 a.m. and was timed to return to the park for ceremonies at the monument honoring World Wars I and II and Korean Conflict soldiers and sailors. The parade featured the anniversary of the 50th celebration of the end of World War I.

25 years ago: 1993

Members of the Lewiston-Auburn Go-Getters Businessmen’s Club will meet next Tuesday morning at 7:30 at Marois’ Restaurant and hear Androscoggin County Commissioner Roland D. Landry speak on the functions of county government in general.

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