- The Skowhegan Memorial Day Parade is back again this year at 10:00 A.M. on Memorial Day, May 27. The parade is to honor those we have lost during a day of remembrance and will feature local veterans, local legislators and local groups in support of veterans. The parade will be followed by a short ceremony at Skowhegan Veterans Park on Water Street. This is a rain or shine event.
The lineup for the parade begins at 9:15 a.m. on Dyer Street which is off Madison Avenue in Skowhegan. Groups in attendance are asked to show up at 9:15. If you or your group is interested in marching or riding to show support for our veterans, please let organizers know ahead of time, if possible. This parade is intended to show support for local veterans- groups with other interests besides that may not be allowed to participate. Final decisions will be made by the organizing committee and the veteran organizations in attendance.
The parade route will begin at the intersection of Dyer Street and Madison Avenue (Route 201) and turn left heading south towards downtown Skowhegan. The parade will then take a left onto Water Street and travel through the downtown ending at Skowhegan Veterans Park. Additional event parking and float parking is available at the Catholic Church just past the park on Water Street. Traffic will be stopped for the parade on the corresponding streets during the parade. We encourage everyone to be a part of this great parade.
This year the Grand Marshall is Derek DeFelice. He joined the US Army in 2001 and served until 2009. During his time, he was stationed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii where he was deployed to Afghanistan 2004 to 2005 as an Air Defense Artillery gunner. During the 14-month tour he was injured by small arms fire. In 2005 he moved to Ft Drum NY and deployed to Iraq 2006 to 2007 as a Personal Security detail team leader in Southern Baghdad. During the 16-month deployment he was struck 28 times by roadside bombs and was awarded the Purple Heart. He has been married to Aaron DeFelice for 14 years and have 3 children together Hannah 12, Connor 9 and Hunter 3. In September 2018 they purchased Angelo's Pizzeria following their dream and have now re-branded it to Hero's House of Pizza.
One thing that Hero's House of Pizza does that they want to mention is they are part of the Hero Pups Program, Hero Pups places pups with veterans and first responders. The focus is on those who are dealing with post traumatic stress (PTSD), anxiety and service-connected challenges. By using shelter and rescue pups whenever possible, they are able to help relieve the symptoms while helping a rescue pup in the process. The mission is to acquire and train dogs that have the potential to successfully undergo and complete the rigorous training that allows them to assist our veterans and first responders, thus increasing their independence and peace of mind. While we are based in NH, we serve heroes from all around New England. As an all-volunteer organization, we have dedicated our program to put every dollar we raise directly into taking care of our pups. Find more about this program
For more information or questions about Memorial Day events, call the Skowhegan Regional Chamber of Commerce at 207.474.3621. You can find more on our Facebook Page, or you can also register for the Parade online at