A Veterans plaque taken from Saco in the 1970s will be re-dedicated Monday after being found in a Connecticut business earlier this year.
The Biddeford + Saco Veterans Day Parade will culminate at Memorial Field at CK Burns in Saco Nov. 11 to re-dedicate the plaque that was originally dedicated on Veterans Day in 1953 and was taken by a Connecticut softball team in the 1970s. In January 2019, two veterans found the plaque in a local business in Connecticut and approached the business owner about returning it. They contacted the City of Saco and returned the plaque soon after. The Parks and Recreation Department restored and reinstalled the plaque at Memorial Field at CK Burns School.
The Veteran’s Day Parade starts at the corner of Pool and Alfred Streets in Biddeford with the opening ceremony at 9:45 a.m.
The parade, organized by Heart of Biddeford, will head down Alfred Street toward Main Street, turn right on Main Street and head on Main into Saco. The parade will turn right onto Beach Street and right onto Middle Street Extension. From there it will enter the parking lot at CK Burns School and end at Memorial Field with the closing ceremony and re-dedication of the plaque. Following the parade, all are invited to AmVets Post #1, 147 Alfred Street in Biddeford, for a luncheon.
Participants include the Saco Fire Department, York County Sheriff William King, veterans, elected officials, Thornton Academy High School Band, American Legion, Biddeford High School Band, Maine Coastal Cruisers, Dynasty Dance Center, APEX Youth Connection, Saco Middle School Band, Knights of Columbus, Scout Troops 308, 311, 351, 371, Girl Scouts of ME and others, and the Biddeford Fire Department, among others.
To ensure the safety of all participants and spectators enjoying parades in Saco, parking will not be allowed in the parade route along Main Street from Pepperell Square to Beach Street. Please watch for posted signs and road closure updates for each specific parade, because the times vary from parade to parade.
For the Veteran’s Day Parade on Monday, November 11, 2019, the parade will be entering Saco from Biddeford. No parking will be enforced on Main Street (from Pepperell Square to Beach Street) from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM on Monday, November 11th. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we implement these essential safety protocols.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact Deputy Police Chief, Corey Huntress, (207)282-8214.