Memorial Day 2013 Events and Ceremonies
Flag, Medals and Remembrance
Be a Part of National Celebrations
Flying the flag, wearing your medals, honoring veterans at local events and enjoying a nationally-televised concert are all ways Mainers can join millions of their fellow citizens in observing Memorial Day.
Flying the Flag on Memorial Day
On Memorial Day the flag should be flown at half-staff from sunrise until noon only, then raised briskly to the top of the staff until sunset, in honor of the nation’s battle heroes.
Veterans Should Wear Their Medals
To show their pride in military service and teach younger generations about the value of serving our nation, Director of the Bureau of Maine Veterans’ Services, Peter W. Ogden urges veterans across Maine to pin on their military medals on Memorial Day, May 27.
"Display your medals proudly,” said Ogden. “Be a symbol and reminder to everyone you meet, especially young people, of the sacrifices our veterans have made for our freedom.”
He encourages veterans to display their medals no matter what they are doing on Memorial Day, but especially when attending public events. Ogden said he hopes the wearing of medals by veterans will become a tradition. It began on Veterans Day 2006 under a national program called "Veterans Pride Initiative.”
About 24 million living Americans have served in the armed forces, with nearly 18 million wearing the uniforms of the U.S. military during times of war and conflict.
Ceremonies & Events at Maine’s State Veterans Cemeteries and the US Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery at Togus, ME will be held as follows on Monday, May 27, 2013:
Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery: Civic Center Drive, Augusta: 12:00 PM - Flag raising ceremony.
Maine Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery – 163 Mt. Vernon Road, Augusta: 2:00 PM Memorial Day ceremony.
Northern Maine Veterans’ Cemetery, 37 Lombard Road, Caribou: 1:00 PM Memorial Day ceremony.
Southern Maine Veterans’ Cemetery, 83 Stanley Road, Springvale: 1:00 PM Memorial Day ceremony.
US Department of Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery at Togus: A wreath laying ceremony will take place in the West cemetery section of the Togus National Cemetery at 8:00 a.m. Attendees should meet at 7:45 a.m. in the big parking lot next to Building 205. Driving directions to the Togus National Cemetery may be found by on the US Department of Veterans Affairs website at: http://www.cem.va.gov/CEM/cems/nchp/togus.asp
National Moment of Remembrance - Monday, May 27, 2013
The National Moment of Remembrance, established by Congress asks Americans, wherever they are at 3 p.m., local time, on Memorial Day, to pause in an act of national unity for a duration of one minute. The time 3 p.m. was chosen because it is the time when most Americans are enjoying their freedoms on the national holiday. The Moment does not replace traditional Memorial Day events; rather, it is an act of national unity in which all Americans, alone or with family and friends, honor those who died in service to the United States.
National Memorial Day Concert – Sunday, May 26, 2013
On Memorial Day weekend, PBS will unite our nation with an evening that has become an American tradition. The multi award-winning NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT, a deeply moving and reverential tribute, honors the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. The event, will be broadcast live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Sunday, May 26, 2013 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET(check local listings) before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.
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