BREWER, Maine — American Legion Post 98 members wanted to give back to the city that has supported them for years and decided to support the care of the Brewer Veterans Memorial.
Commander Floyd Landry, Vice Commander Barry Twitchell and Adjunct Ron Hanson stood between the United States and Maine flags at the memorial on Thursday as they handed a $2,000 check to Ken Hanscom, Brewer Parks and Recreation Department director.
“Over the years, our organization has been meeting in the basement of the Brewer Auditorium, and we felt it was time we reciprocate” the kindness, Twitchell said. “What better way than support the perpetual care of the veterans memorial.”
The monument was the Eagle Scout project of Brewer resident Stuart Bost, son of City Manager Steve Bost and school board member Amanda Bost, and was dedicated on Memorial Day 2007.
The veterans memorial pays tribute to veterans of every branch of the military. To ensure taxpayers would not have to pay for its care, bricks honoring military veterans have been sold to family members and friends of veterans and placed in the walkway around the memorial.
A total of 256 bricks, at $50 each, have been sold over the last two years, Hanscom said.
Each brick lists a veteran’s name, rank and military branch he or she served in, and there is a corresponding book inside the auditorium that contains a short history of the veteran provided by the purchaser.
The American Legion funds will help to ensure the memorial remains beautiful for those who visit, Hanscom said.
“That buys three or four years of plantings, can be used to replace worn-out flags,” or light bulbs to keep it illuminated at night, he said.
The 106-member local American Legion is a gathering of veterans who served during times of conflict, either in support or in combat, Hanson said.
“We’re looking for more members,” he said of the group that provides fellowship and camaraderie for those who served the country.
Those interested in joining the American Legion can stop by their monthly meeting, held at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month, or call Hanson at 989-3598 or Twitchell at 989-7154.
To find out more about the memorial bricks, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 989-5199 or go to the city’s Web site, brewerme.org.