Loring Memorial Park

Loring Memorial Park, Portland: Hours, Address, Loring Memorial Park Reviews: 5/5

Loring Memorial Park
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7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Maurene_K
Dover, NH9,321 contributions
SMALL, WELL-TENDED PARK COMMEMORATING A LOCAL WAR PILOT HERO
Aug 2020
During vacation time in Maine, I visited Eastern Promenade Trail which ended near the Loring Staircase that led to the Major Charles J. Loring Memorial Park.

The park memorializes Major Charles J. Loring Jr., born in Portland on October 2, 1918, and raised in the Bayside neighborhood. He served courageously as an Army fighter pilot in World War II and as an Air Force fighter pilot in the Korean War.

He earned many honors.

The park memorializes him as a much-decorated war hero and as a person. He was so revered that the now-defunct Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, Maine was named for him.

Around the outside edge of the circular park arc are four very high granite posts. My guess is eight feet or more. Each has a one word carved vertically on it. They are SPIRIT, INTEGRITY, PRESENCE, and HEART. These were qualities he embodied.

There are also large sculpted boulders around the park.

At the center is a hole in the ground covered with a grate. Down inside the hole are searchlights that shine up to the sky at night. I thought it was an interesting tribute to his career as a military pilot.

There were also large slabs of stone set into the ground. They had quotes and sayings on them. One was HEART OPEN TO THE SKY; another said CAPACITY FOR SELF-SACRIFICE.

After my trek, I enjoyed one of a couple of park benches with the views of the Back Cove beyond I-295.

I rate my experience at Major Charles J. Loring Memorial Park at 5.0 and highly recommend a visit.

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Written September 14, 2020
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CS1Portland
Portland, ME666 contributions
Brilliant Location-Beautifully kept
May 2018 • Couples
This is one really special piece of Portland. The memorial overlooks the Back Bay and is a charming reflective spot to walk and sit. I admire the gardening done here always clean and fresh and seasonal. We are fortunate to have this place in Portland, thank you for the upkeeep
Written May 26, 2018
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TravellingMan113
Portland, ME120 contributions
Very small, but a great vantage point
Apr 2018 • Solo
This is a small memorial to Portland native, Charles J. Loring, a Medal of Honor recipient from the Korean war. It is at the western end of the Eastern Promenade (across from the start of North Street) and consists of a loop of road (enough for about four cars), a plaque to Maj. Loring, and three flags. It is a great spot from which to view the city and Back Cove, especially at sunset. It is also a good spot to then head east along the Eastern promenade. It also connects by footpath to the Back Cove Trail, the Bayside Trail, and the Eastern Prom Trail (all walking paths along the water).
Written April 14, 2018
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mainemountainbear
Texas Gulf Coast, TX1,191 contributions
Memorial Park Honors a Fighter Pilot and a War Hero
Aug 2017 • Family
We saw a spectacular sunset from this solemn site. This small and scenic memorial park was completed in 2000 to honor Major Charles Joseph Loring, Jr. (1918-1952), a decorated war hero of World War II and the Korean War. It features four nine-foot (2.74 m) tall granite posts and a light well with searchlights that light up the night sky like kleig lights in wartime. A 0.1-mile (0.16 km) trail of packed dirt and grass connects the park to the 4.2-mile (6.76 km) Eastern Promenade Trail, the 4.2-mile (6.76 km) Back Cove Trail, and the 1.0-mile (1.6 km) Bayside Trail. We most appreciated the memorial’s profound symbolism and its fine views to the north and west. We disliked nothing.
Written November 24, 2017
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