The parades synonymous with Memorial Day come and go, but the memories each veteran carries with them as they celebrate have stayed intact.”I remember these young men, as I was, I was only seventeen, but not coming home.””My uncles and grandfather who served.””My five buddies who were killed instantly in World War II, and also my best boyhood friend, Charlie Flanagan,” said Galen Cole, founder of the Cole Land Transportation Museum.All are reasons Cole has held a memorial day commemoration for the last fifteen years.Cole’s morning began with Bangor’s annual parade where he and fellow veterans remembered the past, as they marched to the beat of cheers coming from our country’s future.”Those children, and there were several thousand of them along the street that were clapping their hands and waving their flags, really said it all,” said Cole.But the turnout at Cole’s museum is, at the very least, a powerful echo.”A lot of people didn’t make it home and we’re remembering them and remembering their families.”Because for families like the Higgins it’s a day about refleection as much as it is gratitude.”As long as I got her, I got everything I need.
Folks turned out as they always do for Stockton Springs annual Memorial Day events.The town hosted a parade Monday morning.After the parade marched and rolled through town, those gathered paused around a field on Main Street for a ceremony to honor veterans…those who are here as well as the memories of those who no longer are with us.The Historical Society and the Stockton Springs Library were given a replica of an article that ran in the Bangor Daily News in 1943 that listed the names and photos of every local man and woman who served in WWII.
Veterans were remembered throughout our state.A wreath laying ceremony took place in Augusta Monday afternoon to remember those who gave their lives for our freedoms.Both Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe sent representatives to speak on their behalf at the event.There are three cemeteries in the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery System.
Mainers took time Monday to remember loved ones that have passed away, in particular those who lost their lives serving our country.A number of parades honoring our fallen heros took place around the state, including Bangor.TV-5 talked to some young spectators about what Memorial Day means to them.++++”Well, I was just here because of the parade and its really fun to watch it and I’ve come here since I was 1.”Memorial Day found 8-year old Josh and many other pint-sized patriots in downtown Bangor.”It’s really fun when I watch everything that’s coming,” says 5 year old Kaylee.6-year old Andy was asked what he liked about the parade.”Um, the fire trucks””I like watching the cars,” says 3-year old Bailey.Malik wore his favorite colors- red, white and blue.”Because it’s American,” the 5-year old explains.This year’s Memorial Day parade took on personal meaning for 8-year old Connor.”My papa Paul was one of the Veterans of World War Two.
Memorial Day parades are being held throughout the country to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.In Orono, folks gathered to pay tribute.The parade was sponsored by Orono-Old Town Kiwanis Club and Orono Village Association.Cars and floats rode along Main Street to honor and give thanks to our troops.A wreath was thrown into the river to remember our nation’s fallen heroes.
The sunshine and warm weather came just in time for the Memorial Day parades.Ceremonies are taking place all throughout the state, and Ellsworth is no exception.The city hosted its annual holiday parade, Monday morning.Everyone from local law enforcement to girl scouts took part.Leading the pack were members of VFW Post 109.Quartermaster, Louis Tonero, says the day is an important reminder of those who have given their lives for their country.”We can’t forget the freedoms that we have and how they were earned.
Bangor police say the body of an elderly woman was found in the Kenduskeag Stream this morning around 9:45 a.m.The victim was floating face down in the area of Central Street and the State Street bridge.The body was taken from the scene in a Bangor Fire rescue boat a short time later.An eyewitness told TV-5 the woman appeared to be in her mid-50’s.Her name is not being released right now, while police notify family members.
A father and son are dead following a drowning in Ripley Sunday evening.Authorities received a call around 5:30 of two swimmers who had gone underwater.State Police have identified the father as 40-year old Christopher Zoeller and the son as 7-year old Bravin Zoeller.
Dinosaurs are no longer extinct, at least at the Maine Discovery Museum.They have a new exhibit called Dino Dig, which they have been preparing for more than a month.It features more than ten stations, including a dino dig, fossil making and fossil identification.The folks at the museum say the kids are enjoying the exhibit and it’s even a hit with the adults.” It’s something kids aren’t exposed to as much anymore.
There’s something new in Bangor, that allows folks to buy and sell stuff.It’s called the Bangor Festival Flea Market.They have about thirty vendors, besides crafts, folks will find food vendors and live entertainment.They say the event is catching on and more and more people are coming out to check the flea market out.
The annual Memorial Day parade will take place in downtown Bangor Monday at 10:30am.The parade will stage on Exchange Street in the Kenduskeag Plaza parking lot beginning at 9:30am.Exchange Street will be closed at nine as the parade vehicles and pedestrians begin to line up.Main Street and Central Street will be posted as no parking after 8:30.
Police are investigating an armed robbery in Hallowell.They say two men robbed a couple at gunpoint inside an apartment on Second Street.Hallowell officials believe the incident was drug related.Police say the couple had brought hundreds of dollars with them to the home.But were interrupted when the two men walked into the apartment.Police say one of the victims was attacked before the men made away with the money and jewelery.The couple couldn’t see their faces, which were masked by bandannas.But police say the suspects are 5 foot 8 and six feet tall.They’re also looking for the tenant of the apartment.They say he took off just after the robbery, and could be considered a suspect.
A car crash in Surry last night killed one man and injured three others.Twenty-seven year old Caleb Foster of Stonington died after the car he was riding in rolled over several times on Newbury Neck Road.Foster and three others were heading north on the road around 9:30 last night.Police say the driver lost control of the car, and was tossed from the vehicle along with two passengers.Foster was found dead inside the car.The driver and other passengers were transported to area hospitals with serious injuries.Police say no one was wearing a seatbelt, and they’re still investigating a cause.
A 6-year-old Texas boy’s grandmother told funeral mourners that his mother who’s charged in his death didn’t kill him out of malice but something snapped.As more than 100 mourners gathered at Camden Pierce Hughes’ funeral Saturday, his grandmother LuRae McCrery said she prays her daughter gets help.Julianne McCrery of the Dallas suburb of Irving is being held without bail on second-degree murder charges in New Hampshire.She’s accused of killing her son there two weeks ago and dumping his body in South Berwick.