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Madawaska parade marks Memorial Day a day early

MADAWASKA, Maine — The American Legion Post 147 held the annual Memorial Day parade in Madawaska on Sunday afternoon to honor fallen veterans.

Brian Carpenter of Presque Isle was visiting his in-laws, with his wife and young son, for the weekend where his wife used to watch the parade every year from the porch of their family home on Main Street. Carpenter served in the Army and brought his son to see the parade and honor the veterans.

“I want him to see, to remember, and to understand why he can do the things he can do,” Carpenter said as they sat outside the house viewing the procession.

The parade, which began at 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Marden’s and proceeded down Main Street toward 12th Avenue, consisted of veterans, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, members of local police, fire and rescue departments, and the Madawaska High School band. The crowd of parade observers included all ages from babies to the elderly. Kenzie Waltz, 4, was in the crowd proudly waving the American flag as the parade of veterans passed by.

“It was good,” Waltz said. “I liked the firetruck.”

Warren Crawford, 6, was there sitting by Waltz in support of the veterans and his brother.

“The Cub Scouts were my favorite because my brother was in it, he’s a Cub Scout,” Crawford said.

The parade wrapped around to pause at Bicentennial Park where the veterans gave a three volley gun salute to the fallen and a bugler played “Taps.” At the conclusion of the parade, participants and veterans, and their families were invited back to the American Legion Post 147 for hot dogs.

“People come and eat and it’s free,” said Fran Thibeault, a volunteer serving hot dogs at the end of the parade. “People enjoy themselves.”

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