Caribou – Memorial Day is a time of remembrance and todays parade in Caribou did just that. The parade and a ceremony afterwards honored those men and women that have been lost to us in the county. Despite the inclement weather crowds lined the streets as Monday’s Memorial Day parade began its march towards the wreathe laying ceremony.
Veteran and local resident Dave Schwartz tells us why he is honored by the Caribou parade and people, “I always come out and like to honor both the dead and living. I’m originally from South Jersey, what I like about Caribou is that a lot of people turn out every year as compared to my former town. I really appreciate that.”
A sentiment that was reflected by Local Post Commander and veteran Alan Whittemore, “I can’t thank the community enough. To be part of a parade to walk down, to have the applause to have people remove their caps as the colors go by, to have them salute, to have them actually cheer our veterans.”
The people of Caribou did turn out on a rainy memorial day, at the wreathe laying ceremony a large crowd watched and honored all the fallen veterans from the past year. Though he loves the crowd Whittemore has a bittersweet feeling about the day.
“Its with mixed emotions to be part of this in one hand I am pleased that the community came out to help remember those who have served so freely and given their lives, what is bittersweet is to recognize that our veterans here in the caribou area in the United States in general is an aging population, to read 26 names of veterans that just past away in our immediate local is a sad day to be remembering,” said Whittemore.
A sad day, that helps us remember how much our veterans do to support us and people all around this great country.