2012-05-25 / Community

A Window on the Past

Memorial Day observances
By Kathryn DiPhilippo South Portland Historical Society

Pictured here are Motorcycle officers George Mc- Cubrey and Bud McGrath. (Courtesy photo) Pictured here are Motorcycle officers George Mc- Cubrey and Bud McGrath. (Courtesy photo) Memorial Day weekend is here – the weekend leading up to Memorial Day when we honor and remember those soldiers and sailors who have served and died for our country and our freedoms.

Our thanks goes out to the VFW Post 832, the American Legion Post 35 and the many volunteers who will spread out across the city on Saturday to decorate the graves of our service men and women. If you would like to help with that effort, volunteers will meet at the VFW on Peary Terrace at 9 a.m. on May 26 – all volunteers are welcome.

As we mow our lawns, prepare our gardens for the season and fire up the barbecues to spend time with family and friends, let us all remember to be grateful to all of those who have fought and died to protect our country and its citizens.

One of the long-standing traditions in South Portland has been the annual Memorial Day parade. This year’s parade will start at 10:30 a.m. sharp, stepping off from the Southern Maine Community College campus, heading down Broadway, crossing Cottage Road and ending up at the new Veteran’s Memorial Monument (near Pratt Abbott). There will be a short ceremony there after the parade.

The accompanying photograph shows the Memorial Day parade sometime in the 1950s. Motorcycle officers George McCubrey and Bud McGrath are shown leading the way. The gas station in the photo was at the corner of Broadway and Ocean Street; that building later became home to Angelone’s Pizza for many decades. That corner is now the site of the new Bath Savings branch.

Our historical society is actively seeking photographs related to the South Portland Police Department and its history. If you have any South Portland Police Department related photographs or memorabilia to share, please call the society at 767-7299.

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