BANGOR – The Queen City held several events throughout the community to honor veterans and remember the lives lost.
Hundreds of people crowded the sidewalks of Bangor as they cheered on veterans who marched by during the annual Memorial Day parade. It’s a day even kids understand the meaning of.
“It’s to celebrate those who served for us and kept us safe,” said Logan Williams, who was at the parade.
Many who came to the parade have either served in the military or know someone who has. They expressed all sorts of emotions.
“My oldest son. He served in Iraq for a year and fortunately, he made it home just fine. But it does, it touches, it touches close to home,” Theresa Cox of Dexter said while choking back tears.
Military songs echoed through the streets as several high school bands played military-themed songs while as they marched through the streets.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the city, veterans gathered at the Cole Land Transportation Museum for a barbecue. Some sat on benches as they recalled their time overseas.
“It was just different being from Maine. But you got into your work and you did it. So it was just an everyday routine,” said Steven Burges, a veteran who served in the Vietnam War.
Many who have spent time in the service said it’s a day to celebrate those currently enlisted in the military but also to remember others who made the ultimate sacrifice and died for our country.
“This is a day of freedom that we have. We appreciate all the fallen soldiers, sailors and Marines and Air Force. All those that gave their lives so that we may have today for Memorial Day,” said Rolfe Flood, a U.S. Navy Veteran.