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Memorial Day Commemorated at Veterans Cemetery Despite Rainy Weather

Vice Admiral George Emery, USN (Ret.) and Senator Susan Collins

Vice Admiral George Emery, USN (Ret.) and Senator Susan Collins lay the memorial wreath. Credit: Pamela Hodgdon

By Nadine Gookin

The Memorial Day event at the Southern Maine Veterans Cemetery in Springvale proceeded as planned on May 27 despite the wet and rainy conditions. A large, dedicated group of attendees, many of whom stood outside the Committal Shelter in the rain, gathered to honor and remember our nation’s veterans.

The ceremony featured meaningful speeches from Senator Susan Collins and Vice Admiral George Emery, USN (Ret.). Sen. Collins spoke passionately about the importance of remembering the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women, while Vice Admiral Emery shared his heartfelt reflections on the significance of Memorial Day. Their words resonated deeply with the attendees, who showed their commitment by braving the inclement weather.

In addition to the speakers, the bagpipers, bugler, rifle guard, and singers also stood in the rain, demonstrating their dedication to honoring our fallen heroes. Despite getting drenched, they performed with unwavering respect and solemnity, adding to the event’s profound sense of remembrance.

The Southern Maine Veterans Cemetery was a fitting location for this tribute, providing a solemn and respectful environment for the community to come together for Memorial Day.

Pipers Al Halliday and Bill Ferrigno play while the Rifle Guard from Amvets Post 3 stands ready

Pipers Al Halliday and Bill Ferrigno play while the Rifle Guard from Amvets Post 3 stands ready.

Credit: Pamela Hodgdon

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