Originally published in Castine Patriot, May 30, 2019
Castine remembers the fallen
Parade pays tribute on Memorial Day
Members of Girl Scout Troop 1617 lay a wreath at the foot of the monument on the Castine Town Common during the Memorial Day parade on May 27.
by Monique Labbe
From the Castine Town Cemetery to the Town Dock, a group that grew at each stop gave thanks and paid tribute to the men and women who gave their lives in military sacrifice, during a Memorial Day celebration on May 27.
A prayer was said at the cemetery, on the town common and at the waterfront, which were the three stops the processional made, and the town band played the national anthem and the “Navy Hymn.” Parade participants and spectators also lent their voices to “America the Beautiful.”
Lieutenant Cody Rome of the Navy and assistant professor at Maine Maritime Academy, spoke at the cemetery about the importance of remembering what Memorial Day is about.
“We see the advertisements for new pickup truck sales and barbecues, but let us remember what we are truly doing today,” said Rome. “There is an undeniable truth that we are all called to sacrifice. We sacrifice our time for our neighbors and loved ones, for our families, and for work. But sometimes, we are called to make the ultimate sacrifice, to give our lives for something better. Today, we honor those in the armed forces who have made that sacrifice.”
Retired United States Navy Commander and Castine resident Jeff Taub continued the Memorial Day remarks at the town common, by offering a history of the holiday formerly known as Decoration Day. Adams School student Annelise Small followed that by reading the Gettysburg Address.
Members of Girl Scout Troop 1617 laid wreaths at both locations, and flags were brought to full staff by veterans.
At the Town Dock, Rome tossed a wreath into the water as a sign of respect and tribute to those lost in the Navy.
Will MacArthur led the procession on bagpipe, while retired United States Navy Captain James Shanley was the moderator for the event.