Memorial Day isn't just a day to spend with family and grill burgers, we need to also remember those who served and those who continue to protect our freedoms. Here's a list of what's going on at the Northern Maine Veterans Cemetery in Caribou.

Memorial Day - May 27, 2013 - Program 1:00pm - 37 Lombard Rd. - Caribou ME

  • Master of Ceremonies - Larry Theriault
  • Ceremonial Howitzer - Opening program by Maine Select Honor Guard
  • Posting Colors - SGT Major Roger Felix presenting Loring Job Corps student honor guards and any other organization with its colors.
  • Invocation - Father Jean Paul Labrie
  • National Anthem - Wendell Hudson and Patty Rafford
  • Speaker Introductions - Larry Theriault

Guest Speakers:

  • Welcome by Harry C. Hafford, Chairman of Northern Maine Veterans Cemetery Corporation
  • Phil Bosse, State Office Representative for US Senator Angus S. King, Jr.
  • Barbara Hayslett, District Representative for US Congressman Michael H. Michaud

2 Featured Keynote Speakers:

  • Joshua M de Leon - Director Veterans Cemetery Grant Service, NCA
  • Major General Earl Adams - US Army Retired


  • Amazing Grace - Wendell Hudson and Patty Rafford
  • Laying of the Memorial Wreath - Harry C. Hafford & Gen. Earl Adams
  • 21 Gun Salute - Madawaska Legion Post #147 Firing Squad
  • TAPS - Fred Ormezzani, Member of NMVCC
  • Benediction - Father Jean Paul Labrie
  • Closing Remarks by Larry Theriault

Traditional Observance

On Memorial Day, the flag of the United States is raised to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to half-staff, where it remains only until noon.

The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living.

Memorial Day observances in small New England towns are often marked by dedications and remarks by veterans, state legislators and congressional staff or their representatives.

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