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Posted on: September 24, 2019

Portland Veteran Firemen’s Association Memorial Sunday Ceremony

When: Sunday, October 6, 2019 @ 12:00 noon

Where: Forest City Cemetery, 232 Lincoln Street, South Portland

The annual Memorial Sunday Ceremony is being held by the Portland Veteran Firemen’s Association with the Portland and South Portland Fire Departments. This service was first instituted in 1892 by the New England States Veteran Firemen’s League as way of remembering ALL deceased members. Since 1911, the ceremony has been held at the Forest City Cemetery lot of the Portland Veteran Firemen’s Association, where a monument was erected in 1913. The tradition continues and honors twenty known Portland Fire Department members and two South Portland Fire Department firefighters who have died in the line of duty, since 1903. 

A procession of firefighters lead by Bag Pipers and the Portland Fire Department Pipe & Drum Band marches to the Portland Veteran Firemen’s Association lot and monument site. Members of the veterans association and both fire departments will speak, followed by the reading of “Roll Call” of the twenty-two known members who died in the line of duty.  The service concludes with the laying of floral wreaths at the monument and prayers by fire department chaplains’.

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