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New veterans to march in Brewer, Bangor parade

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A contingent of veterans will participate in the Vesterans Day Parade on Tuesday, Nov. 11, in Brewer and Bangor. Displaying the Global War on Terrorism Banner are (from left) Sgt. 1st Class Scott Crooker, CW2 Michael Rideout, Spec. Meaghan Howard, Sgt. Earl Davis and Sgt. 1st Class Gilman Theriault.


BANGOR-BREWER, Maine — A new group of veterans will be on hand for this year’s Veterans Day Parade, joining World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans who traditionally take part.

The Global War on Terrorism Veterans include those who served in Desert Storm, Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraqi Freedom.

In addition, said volunteers from Cole Land Transportation Museum, members of the group will be presented their own walking sticks next spring in time for Memorial Day. The museum already has conducted programs to give walking sticks to World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans.

The annual Veteran’s Day Parade on Tuesday, Nov. 11, will step off at 10:30 a.m. from the Brewer Shopping Plaza, Wilson Street.

This is the 90th anniversary of Armistice Day, which marked the end of World War I in 1918. Veterans Day now honors all veterans.

Gov. John Baldacci will lead off the parade with several veteran organizations, said retired Lt. Col. Jackson R. Kurzman, senior army instructor at the Bangor JROTC. Joining Baldacci will be the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Purple Heart recipients and several other veteran groups.

The parade will proceed down Wilson Street, across the Chamberlain Bridge to Bangor, down Main Street to the reviewing stand at Broad Street. A brief ceremony will be held at the reviewing stand.

The parade will continue up State Street and take a right onto Exchange Street before disbanding at approximately 11:30 a.m., Kurtzman said.

Those waiting to march have been invited to do so in a warm building at Advance Auto Parts on Wilson Street. Organizers suggest that marchers wait in their cars until 10 a.m. and assemble at the area in front of Advance Auto Parts.

Veterans who wish to may ride in buses provided by First Student Bus, said representatives of Cole Museum in Bangor.

Starting at 9:15 a.m., buses will arrive at the Exchange Street parking lot of TD Banknorth in Bangor to pick up those who wish to leave their cars there. The last bus leaves at 9:30 a.m.

Veterans who ride the bus in the parade also may leave their vehicles in the Brewer Hannaford parking lot. Those who do so may stay on the bus, or if they walk in the parade, board a bus for a ride back to the parade starting point in Brewer.

To help reduce congestion on the buses, organizers recommend that those who will ride in the bus during the parade sit in the rear of the bus to make it easier for those who will walk to get off and reboard the bus.

BANGOR, Maine — Afternoon activities have been scheduled for Cole Land Transportation Museum, 405 Perry Road. Awards will be presented to six area school children who are winners in the museum essay contest, “What Freedom Means to Me After Interviewing a Veteran,” at 1 p.m.

The Bangor Band will perform a concert at 2 p.m. Museum admission is free for this event.

The museum’s new Korean Veterans Memorial will be dedicated at 3 p.m. by Maj. Gen. John Libby, adjutant general and commissioner of the Maine Army National Guard, assisted by Ed Davis, president of the Bangor area Korean War Veteran Association.

The Korean War veterans requested that the new memorial honor five Maine recipients of that war’s Congressional Medal of Honor.

BREWER, Maine — A pancake breakfast sponsored by Bangor Breakfast Rotary Club will be held at 7 a.m. Nov. 11, in the Brewer Auditorium. Veterans with walking sticks who take part in the parade will receive a free breakfast thanks to partnership between Rotary Club and Cole Land Transportation Museum.

CASTINE, Maine — A Maine Maritime Academy Veterans Day Observance Ceremony at noon Tuesday, Nov. 11, in front of Leavitt Hall. Sponsored by Student Government Association and Regiment of Midshipmen, the event will feature student speakers and musical selections by a cappella Maritones. There will be performances by the MMA band, pipe and drum corps, and drill team, concluding with a 21-gun salute and a moment of silence. Downeast Chapter of American Merchant Marine Veteran’s Association will place a wreath at the base of Merchant Marine memorial on campus. The granite memorial honors Merchant Mariners and members of the Naval Armed Guard from Maine who died in service to their country during World War II. The event is open to all.

OLD TOWN, Maine — Celebration of Holy Mass in honor of veterans, in gratitude for men and women in active service, and in memory of those who gave their lives to preserve our freedom, 4 p.m. Nov. 8, Holy Family Catholic Church, Main Street. A dinner and fellowship will be held afterward in Parish Hall. 827-4000.

ORONO, Maine — Navy, Marine and Army ROTC Veterans Day vigil will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, on the steps of Fogler Library, University of Maine.

WINTERPORT, Maine — The American Legion Post 138 in Winterport will hold Veterans Day ceremonies at 11 a.m. Nov. 11, in front of the Memorial Library, Route 1A. All are welcome. Guest speaker, state Rep. Michael Thibodeau of Winterport. Music furnished by members of Wagner Middle School Band. The American Legion Auxiliary will serve a free luncheon afterward at the Victoria Grant Community Building. The public is invited to attend.

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