June 21, 2018
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Veterans of terror war join honorees

By Roxanne Moore Saucier, BDN Columnist

On the 90th anniversary of the Armistice ending World War I, a new group of veterans will be on hand for Tuesday’s Veterans Day parade in Brewer and Bangor.

The group will join World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans who traditionally take part in the parade, which begins at 10:30 a.m. on Wilson Street in Brewer and will make its way across the Penobscot River to Bangor.

The Global War on Terrorism Veterans include those who served in Desert Storm, Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. A banner has been presented to the group for use in the parade.

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

Gov. John Baldacci will lead off the parade with several veterans’ organizations, said retired Lt. Col. Jackson R. Kurtzman, senior Army instructor at the Bangor JROTC.

The parade will proceed down Wilson Street, across Joshua Chamberlain Bridge to Bangor, down Main Street for a brief ceremony by the reviewing stand at Broad Street, then disband on Exchange Street.

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

Veterans may ride in buses provided by First Student Bus, said representatives of the Cole museum. 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 want 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.

Also Tuesday, Cole museum’s new Korean Veterans Memorial will be dedicated at 3 p.m. at the museum at 405 Perry Road.

Dedicating the monument will be 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 Medal of Honor.

The Maine Korean War Memorial is in Mount Hope Cemetery, but adding a monument at the Cole museum will include Korean War veterans in wreath-laying ceremonies there on Memorial Day and other holidays.

Other afternoon activities at the museum include awards in the “What Freedom Means to Me after Interviewing a Veteran” essay contest, 1 p.m.; and a patriotic concert by the Bangor Band, 2 p.m. Museum admission is free for this event.

Maine veterans with walking sticks who take part in the parade may have a free meal at the Breakfast Rotary Club pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. Tuesday in the Brewer Auditorium. The breakfast will be offered to the Global War on Terrorism Veterans, who should bring ID.

Two area schools will hold ceremonies on Veterans Day.

In Castine, the Maine Maritime Academy Veterans Day observance ceremony is scheduled for noon Tuesday in front of Leavitt Hall. The Downeast Chapter of the American Merchant Marine Veterans Association will place a wreath at the base of the merchant marine memorial on campus.

In Orono, the Navy, Marine and Army ROTC Veterans Day vigil will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday on the steps of Fogler Library at the University of Maine.

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