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Memorial Day parade set
RUMFORD/MEXICO -- Members of Napoleon Ouellette, Post 24 American Legion will observe Memorial Day on Monday, May 27, with a parade along with ceremonies at the Rotary Memorial Green in Rumford and at the Veteran’s Memorial Green in Mexico.
Americans pay tribute on Memorial Day to those who fell in battle defending our country. The observance had its beginnings following the Civil War when Southerners marked the graves of those who died fighting for the Confederacy. On this day, we honor all of America’s war dead – those who died, that freedom might live.
Members of American Legion Post 24 salute their fallen comrades and ask that all of the River Valley citizens pause to remember America’s fallen sons and daughters on this upcoming Memorial Day. The American Legion is calling all area veterans to participate in this year’s parade. Rides will be provided if you are unable or do not want to walk the parade route.
The route for the parade, which begins at 10 a.m., is as follows: starts at the American Legion parking lot across from Rite-Aid then proceed, right onto Portland Street across the Memorial Bridge to the Rotary Green, from there down Rumford Avenue, left onto Waldo Street, right onto Lincoln Avenue through Mexico to the Memorial Green.
Immediately following the parade Post 24 will host an open house, with refreshments for children participating in the parade. For adult parade participants the VFW Post on Waldo Street will have refreshments as well.
Any group or individuals interested in participating, call Kirk Thurston at 369-0831, Ralph Arsenault at 364-4090, Fred Milligan at 418-7701 or leave a message at the Legion 369-9053. They are looking for any military vehicles to be in the parade.