The annual Veterans’ Day Ceremonies will be held on Saturday, November 11th. The parade starts at 10:30 am at Longfellow Square Park and proceeds up Congress Street to City Hall. The wreath laying ceremony at city hall is set for 11:00 am following the parade.
Speches will then be made with a wreath laying ceremony. Guest speakers including Ernest Shorey, Andrews Post 17, American Legion, Master of Ceremonies, Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling and Reverend William Doughty, Innocation and Benediction.
“The brave men and women who have served our country deserve our recognition and and gratitude every day of the year. But Veterans’ Day is an important chance to honor veterans, acknowledge their sacrifices and recommit ourselves to following through on the promises our country has made to them. Thank you to all the Maine veterans – as well as their families for your role in defending our nation and the freedoms we enjoy. As a member of Congress, I will continue to fight for our veterans, to correct the injustices they often face and advocate for the resources they have earned and deserve,” said US Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-) in a statement issued by her office on the approaching holiday.
Vehicular traffic will be closed along Congress Street and the side streets that lead onto Congress Street at 10:15 am to 11:15 am.