The Friends of Evergreen Cemetery’s annual Memorial Day parade through the Deering neighborhood of Portland and commemoration at the cemetery is steeped in historic traditions and symbolism–from the tiniest of flower girls dressed in white to decorate veterans’ graves to the 101-year-old World War II veteran who laid the wreath.
Linda Ridlon of Wales and Pat Larrabee of Gray.
Deering Memorial Post 6859 VFW Color Guard.
Gwendolyn Basinger of Portland, a widow of a veteran, and veteran Gary Sweeney of Standish.
Local girls dressed in white to cast flower petals among veterans' graves.
Scott Monroe, David Close and Larry Chretien of the Southern Maine Detachment of the Marine Corps League.
Rachel Osborn with Owen and Isaac Osborn.
Members of Daisy Troop 2305.
Bryn Carlson and Kaitlyn Everhart.
Community members march with placards representing every war Americans have fought, going back to the Revolution.
Ann Roderick with Selma and Joe Cope.
Claddagh Mohr Pipe Band.
The parade leads to Evergreen Cemetery, where there's a memorial program.
Herb Adams and 101-year-old World War II veteran Espen Christensen.
The Claddagh Mohr Pipe Band in front of Wilde Memorial Chapel.
Flower girls, with Emma Jaffe and Nora Brunelle in front.
Flower girls head out to decorate veterans' graves with flags and flower petals.
This tradition goes back to the Civil War, when it was called Decoration Day.
VFW Color Guard.
Bobbi Cope, president of Friends of Evergreen, helps World War II veteran Espen Christensen lay the wreath.
"I remember you, veteran," one of the girls said at each stone.