2017-11-02 / Neighbors

Biddeford, Saco to recognize veterans

Biddeford and Saco residents are invited to the Veterans Day Ceremony and Parade on Saturday, Nov. 11, to honor those who have served or are currently serving the country. The day begins with an opening ceremony at 9:45 a.m. at Biddeford’s Veterans Memorial Park, on the corner of Alfred and Pool streets. The ceremony will feature guest speaker Col. Jen Fulmer, who retired from the U.S. Air Force in September 2015 after spending 24 years serving in a variety of leadership positions. She is executive director of Boots2Roots, the only nonprofit organization in Maine specifically focused on connecting with soon-to-be veterans while they are still on active-duty to help them prepare early for a successful transition to Maine.

Following the ceremony, the parade will proceed from Biddeford’s Alfred Street to Main Street then on to Saco’s Main Street.

Grand marshall will be Starr Bartlett who served in a medical unit as a cook. She was the first woman in her unit to get a license to drive a 2-and-a-half ton multi-purpose truck. Starr is a member of the Rebecca Emery Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Parade chief of staff is U.S. Navy Retired Command Master Chief J. E. Gene Foster, the student reader will be Steven Thurlow, and chaplain will be Ray Hallczuk. This year’s parade features the Vietnam Veterans of America, American Legion, and AmVets as well as performances from the Thornton Academy and Biddeford High School bands, Saco and Biddeford Middle School Bands, and local scouting troops and dance troops, among others.

Since 2014, Heart of Biddeford has collaborated with local veterans organizations to host parades to honor those who serve or have served our country, as well as to build connections in the community.

The community is invited to AmVets Post 1 in Biddeford for a luncheon following the parade.

The parade is rain or shine. However, if conditions are forecast to be more severe, an indoor location will be announced on Friday, Nov. 10.

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