News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, May 29, 2014
Blue Hill “remembers the many brave men and women” on Memorial Day

by Anne Berleant

With a shot from the cannon at the American Legion Hall and the ringing of church bells, the Blue Hill Memorial Day observance began and, as though by design, the raindrops ceased and the sky began to brighten as the parade began its march down Main Street. It was Monday, May 26, the day communities across Maine and America paid tribute to those veterans who gave their lives in defense of our country.

Sergeant-at-arms Jim Grindle led the parade, followed by the color guard, George Stevens Academy marching band, Scout Troop #83 of Penobscot, and an assortment of fire trucks, ambulances and historical Army jeeps.

Pastor Stephen Heneise of the Blue Hill Baptist Church offers a prayer at the Seaside Cemetery during Blue Hill’s Memorial Day observance on May 26 and the George Stevens Academy Marching Band plays “The Star Spangled Banner.” Video by Anne Berleant

Pastor Sheila Heneise of the Blue Hill Baptist Church spoke a prayer as the parade paused at the Mill Stream Bridge to lay a wreath for those who died at sea.

“We remember the many brave men and women who have given their lives through the history of our country to protect us form danger and harm,” Heneise said. Fellow pastor Stephen Heneise spoke as Grindle lay a wreath at the Seaside Cemetery and the GSA band played.

Despite the early rain, spectators lined Main Street, and by the time the parade had retraced its steps back to the Legion hall, the sun shone down on spectators and marchers alike.