MONROE – The small town of Monroe always has a big memorial day celebration, but this year it was bigger and better than ever.
It looked like everybody in Monroe showed up at the center of town on Monday morning for the Memorial Day parade and paid homage to military soldiers who died while in service to this county.
That’s because the town was incorporated in 1818 so town leaders and the local Lion’s Club decided to throw a big birthday party after the parade.
“We like to honor our veterans for sure and it brings the community together,” said John Gibbs, a local resident and member of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office. “It’s always a good time and the children have an opportunity to see the town at it’s best.
“This year is two hundred years for Monroe. It’s a big deal,” he added later.
The parade, led by members of the local Legion post in Brooks, stopped at two granite memorials in town to lay flowers and then again at the bridge to throw a wreath into the stream.
The annual event is like a reunion, said one man who grew up in town.
“To see people we haven’t seen in a long time,” is the reason why Ronald Moody, who grew up in Monroe and now lives in Troy, comes to town every Memorial Day. “Because I lived down in southern Maine for 40-some years so now I’m retired and I’ve moved back up this way.”
The small parade included the Legion honor guard, fire trucks, ambulances and antique cars…Afterward, everyone walked up the hill to Gesner Field for barbeque chicken, hot dogs, Fox Creamery ice cream and homemade pies, and games for the kids.
“I’m glad to do that and I’m glad to get a hotdog here afterward too,” said Stephen Hall, a member of the Brooks Legion post.