When someone says Memorial Day weekend, your brain might immediately focus on the upcoming three-day weekend, sales on cars and mattresses (I've been looking to upgrade from the queen to a king,) and fun with the family in the backyard with meats on the grill, a cold one in your hand, and kids nonsensically screaming their heads off in the background while having the time of their lives.

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Memorial Day is also a proud American holiday, always observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. We get to enjoy our long weekend with our loved ones because of so many brave men and women. But where in Maine can we pay our respects and honor our heroes?

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Wayne, Maine is Holding Its Annual Parade Filled with Veterans on Memorial Day

If you are in or around Wayne, Maine, a great way to show respect to those who sacrificed it all is simply taking a break from your busy schedule and enjoying a parade to observe, cheer, and honor. The parade begins at 11 am and all Veterans are invited to join in the ceremony whether by marching or by hopping on one of the vehicles to ride.

Sgt. Craig Grossi

U.S. Marine Corp Sgt. Craig Grossi will be the guest speaker. He is a Purple Heart recipient from fighting in Afghanistan. He will recount his experiences defending our country and also offer guidance on how to assist Veterans in our community, which includes his non-profit, the USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program.

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Get a Workout in While Honoring our Military on Memorial Day in Brunswick, Maine

Travis Mills is a retired US Army soldier and a quadruple amputee after serving in Afghanistan. He resides in Maine with his family and lives by the motto, "Never quit. Never give up."

Miles for Mills is a walk/run 5k and 10k happening on Sunday, May 26 in Brunswick. Registration is either $35 or $45 and proceeds from Miles for Mills benefit the Travis Mills Foundation's mission of supporting recalibrated veteran families in their life after service to our country.

What a fantastic way to reflect on our heroes while getting a sweat in or enjoying a nice morning walk with family and friends! Registration closes at 8 am and the races begin at 9 am.

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Bangor, Maine Will Hold Its Annual Memorial Day Parade

Bangor will have its annual parade downtown on Monday, May 27 at 10 am. All Veterans are invited to join the parade and will receive the annual sticker.

Arlington National Cemetery
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Whether through a parade, a charity 10k or by simply displaying the American Flag outside your home, what matters is that we take a moment to remember why we have the ability to enjoy a 3-day weekend. Most importantly, don't take it for granted, and enjoy every single minute with your family and friends this Memorial Day weekend.

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