Kudos to towns that memorialize their veterans

Posted Nov. 08, 2009, at 5:10 p.m.

Here’s to the many Maine towns and cities which have erected new veterans memorials in recent years.

Hampden, Holden and Carmel are just three of the communities that come to mind. I remember well Carmel’s many calls to the public for the names of veterans to be honored on its memorial.

Still other communities are in the midst of raising money to put up a suitable memorial, or replace an old one.

I enjoy visiting the walkways of pavers that some towns have created to help with the fundraising. It was like a visit to history the first time I went to Holden’s memorial.

And I never get tired of studying the names engraved in the walkway at the Maine Korean War Memorial at Mount Hope Cemetery in Bangor. Our family is represented by stones for Korean War veteran Roderick Moore; and for my father and father-in-law, the late Gayland Moore Jr. and the late Willard Saucier, both World War II veterans.

I was in Minnesota over Memorial Day this year, so my mom and I made a recent trip to the Abbot Village Cemetery, the “new” one, to visit my dad’s grave and make sure the flag was still in place.

Then I went to the Civil War Monument at the other end of town, where the Honor Roll is. There we have listed my dad and Uncle Carroll Moore in the World War II section, and Uncle Roddy in the Korean War.

For the first time, I had the chance to sit on the granite benches donated by the Cole Land Transportation Museum. One is engraved “Freedom Isn’t Free,” the other “All Gave Some. Some Gave All.”

I sat in the area where so many years I had stood, watching my dad take part in the Memorial Day ceremony, wearing his spiffy U.S. Navy uniform. The uniform, with patches and ribbons, now belongs to the Abbot Historical Society.

Three cheers to every community that has erected a monument, and installed or updated a military Honor Roll.

Thanks also to towns which have marked their cemeteries with signs or slabs of granite.

Driving through Newburgh on my way to visit grandchildren, I always note the Leavitt Cemetery and Knowles Cemetery signs on Route 9.

In Guilford, the Abaris Club, with the help of Jerry Bates and Judy Haynes, is erecting granite markers for the town’s four cemeteries.

The Oct. 23 Bangor Daily News featured a nice photo by Diana Bowley of Abaris member Nathalee Marsh and Guilford Town Manager Tom Goulette inspecting the Lawn Cemetery marker on Route 15.

When we put up veterans memorials, honor rolls and cemetery markers, we pay tribute to the veterans who sacrificed so that we could be free, and in that freedom do our part to preserve their family history.

Another way to honor World War II veterans is to put an entry on the World War II Memorial site at www.wwiimemorial.com.

Some American Legion posts have done this for their members. In other cases, relatives have posted information, and even a photo.

The Veterans Day Parade in the Bangor area begins at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, on Wilson Street in Brewer, proceeds across the Chamberlain Bridge, down Main Street and to Exchange Street for disbanding.

Veterans are invited to march in the parade or to ride in a First Student bus. They may leave their cars at the Twin City lot in Brewer, or at 9:30 a.m. at TD Bank on Exchange St. in Bangor and take the bus to Brewer.

On Veterans Day, may we remember those veterans who are no longer with us, especially those from World War I.

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Here is an exciting announcement from our fellow genealogists to the north.

The Aroostook County Genealogical Society presents its first publication: “The 1850-1880 Aroostook County Censuses and Mortality Schedules” compiled by member Allen J. Voisine, No. 4.

Each individual census has a complete index with standard and variant spellings of all known French and Acadian last names used in the particular census, along with a complete explanation of how to read the complete census document in the preface of the document.

The censuses are in Adobe PDF documents compatible with Adobe Reader 5.0 and above. Adobe is not included on the CD since most end users have it on their computer already or can obtain it free online. We have included examples for you to peruse.

The price for the CD within the state of Maine is $55, including sales tax and shipping and handling.

The price for the CD outside Maine is $52.52, which includes shipping and handling. Sales tax is not charged.

The price for nonprofit organizations and other sales tax-exempt organizations, regardless of location, is $52.52.

Send your check or money order, in U.S. funds, to Aroostook County Genealogical Society, Census Order, PO Box 142, Caribou, ME 04736-0142.

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Probate records and deeds, oh my!

Wassebec Genealogical Society will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in the Probate Office at Piscataquis County Court House, East Main Street, Dover-Foxcroft.

The purpose of this field trip is to learn to retrieve information for genealogy purposes from the Probate Office and Register of Deeds Office.

A business meeting will be held afterward at the Mayo Regional Hospital Resource Room. For information, contact Jane Macomber at 876-4125.

Send queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, PO Box 1329, Bangor, ME 04402; or e-mail familyti@bangordailynews.netfamilyti@bangordailynews.net.

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