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Hundreds turn out for Veterans Day events in Maine

November 11, 2019
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Olivia Robbins carries a large American flag while leading her Girl Scout troop as they march in Veterans Day parade event honoring Mainers who served in the military, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, in Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
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Olivia Robbins carries a large American flag while leading her Girl Scout troop as they march in Veterans Day parade event honoring Mainers who served in the military, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, in Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Hundreds have gathered for Veterans Day parades and other events across Maine despite rainy weather.

Bangor, Biddeford, South Portland and Portland were among communities holding parades on Monday. Other events were held across the state.

In Bangor, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins presented the Distinguished Flying Cross Award to retired Air Force Maj. Charles “Chuck” McClead.

McClead flew more than 200 missions in Vietnam but never received the award he earned. He also survived a crash of his F-101B while stationed at then-Dow Air Force Base in Bangor.