Several towns have made plans to recognize Memorial Day this year although many have scaled back activities.

Last year traditional activities were either not held or done differently because of the coronavirus pandemic.

There will be no parades or large indoor gatherings for speeches. Attendees are asked to wear facial coverings and maintain social distancing.

At 10 a.m. on May 31, in Farmington a wreath will be laid and taps played at the World War I Memorial Arch. Participants will then proceed to Meetinghouse Park for a similar ceremony. Wreaths will also be placed in Center Burying Ground cemetery and later at the post on Middle Street.

At 10:30 a.m. in the park, Farmington Emblem Club 460 will perform an American flag folding ceremony, explaining what each fold represents.

To prepare for Memorial Day, more than 900 American flags were placed on veterans’ graves Saturday.

The Chesterville Center Union Meeting House will take the first tentative steps toward resuming activities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic with two activities on Memorial Day.

Two Memorial Day events will be held at Chesterville Union Meeting House on May 31. To remember veterans lost while in service to their country, a flag raising and bell ringing ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Afterward the doors will open for refreshments and viewing of youth artwork submitted last winter. Submitted photo

The 10 a.m. flag ceremony will honor Chesterville’s former military service members whose lives were lost while performing military duties. It will feature a live trumpet rendering of taps and singing of “God Bless America.” Veteran and former sheriff Bob Cox will then ring the historic Chesterville Center Union Meeting House bell from its newly restored belfry. Kitty Gee, wife of the late Chesterville war hero John Gee will deliver remarks.

A sound system will be used and the public is invited to share a poem, song or thoughts relating to the occasion.

Following the Memorial Day service, the Meeting House doors will open to admit the public for refreshments and viewing of the art that was entered by Chesterville youth in response to a communitywide invitation this past winter.

“We felt the pandemic had been so hard on children in particular, as they were missing so many opportunities they normally have for socializing and learning, and we wanted to give them something to look forward to,” said Roxanne Worster, who spearheaded the art show initiative.

Free and open to the public, the Memorial Day/Art Show event will last from about 10 to 11 a.m., followed by open house/art viewing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Refreshments will be available and donations are welcome.

For more information about the day, call 207-778-3767.

The Chesterville Union Meeting House is located at the intersection of Zion’s Hill and Borough Road in Chesterville.

Wilton veterans and community members will gather at 11:55 a.m. on May 31 at the Lions Hall (formerly the American Legion Post).  No observance was held last year. Previously ceremonies were held the day before.

At noon, the flag will be raised to full mast. A wreath will be placed at the monument and taps will be played. Sen. Russell Black, R-Wilton, will speak and the Rev. David W. Smith will offer prayers.

“I’ve acquired a box of paper poppies,” organizer Charles Tappan said in a May 17 phone interview. “I’ll pass those out. There will be refreshments in the hall afterward.”

For more information, call Tappan 207-645-4867.

Weld is planning a ceremony at the monuments in front of the Weld Public Library at 1 p.m. The American flag will be raised, a wreath placed and taps played.

“It will be brief, but there will be a ceremony this year,” organizer Sean Minear said May 18.


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