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Vets’ memorials honor service; area events scheduled on Veterans Day

By Roxanne Moore Saucier, BDN Columnist

New veterans memorials in the area include a handsome black granite monument with a large bell in front of Hermon Elementary School on Billings Road.

The monument is “DEDICATED TO ALL VETERANS. LET FREEDOM RING.” In smaller type: “To the Men and Women Who Served Their Country” and “In Memory of All Veterans and Their Families.”

Seals from five armed services are engraved on the bottom of the monument — U.S. Marines, Navy, Army, Air Force and Coast Guard.
Like many veterans memorials, the one in Hermon is selling engraved “pavers” lining the walkway to help pay for the project.
Four of the brick pavers on one side of the Hermon monument honor:
Ralph Christie, World War I, U.S. Army.
Ralph Christie, World War II, U.S. Army.
Ralph D. Walsh, CBM 28 Years U.S. Navy, Korea-Vietnam.
Edward A. Drake, Tech. Sgt. retired, U.S. Air Force.

Hermon veterans this year will participate in the Veterans Day Parade beginning at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 11 in Brewer.

Carmel also has a new veterans memorial, and Holden and Hampden have two of the newer ones.

The Maine Korean War Memorial at Mount Hope Cemetery in Bangor lists the Mainers killed in the Korean War.

It also includes hundreds of stones in its walkway honoring veterans of several wars, organizations and towns purchasing the stones.
The Maine Vietnam Memorial at Cole Land Transportation Museum on Perry Road lists Mainers killed in the Vietnam War. The Maine World War II Memorial and monuments to the Korean War and the Purple Heart also are located outside the museum.

A variety of activities have been scheduled for Veterans Day.
There will be free breakfast for veterans, compliments of the Cole Land Transportation Museum and Bangor Rotary Breakfast Club, 7-11 a.m. during the club’s Veterans Day pancake breakfast on Nov. 11 at Brewer Auditorium. Veterans are asked to bring their walking sticks.

Veterans of World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, the War on Global Terrorism and other eras are invited to walk in the Veterans Day Parade with their brothers and sisters for those who cannot.

Veterans will form for the parade next to the auto parts building at 373 Wilson St., Brewer, beginning at 9 a.m. for the 10:30 a.m. parade.
Veterans who cannot walk may ride Cyr buses along the 1½-mile route down Wilson Street, across the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge to Bangor, down Main Street to the reviewing stand, and on to Exchange Street.
Parade participants may park their cars in the Twin City Plaza parking lot in Brewer.

Veterans who wish to ride the Cyr buses may leave their cars by 9:30 a.m. on Exchange Street in Bangor or in the parking garage and be brought to Brewer. Buses also will bring veterans back to Brewer after the parade.
Cole Land Transportation Museum’s Veterans Day program will begin at 1 p.m. Nov. 11 at 405 Perry Road, Bangor.

Six Maine students will read their award-winning essays, “What Freedom Means to Me After Interviewing a Veteran,” and receive awards.
The Bangor Band will present a free patriotic concert at 2 p.m.

Maine veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Global War on Terrorism who do not have their walking sticks may receive one 9 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week through Nov. 11, the last day the museum will be open for the season. Veterans should bring their military ID or DD214.

BANGOR-BREWER — Veterans Day Parade, 10:30 a.m. Nov. 11, marching units and bands, beginning at Wilson Street and Acme Road in Brewer, down Wilson Street, across Joshua Chamberlain Bridge, turning right down Main Street in Bangor to reviewing stand at West Market Square, then to Exchange Street to disband. National anthem, invocation, remarks by Gov. John Baldacci at reviewing stand. Parade route, 1½ miles. 992-5570.

BANGOR — Memorial service honoring all veterans, hosted by Maine Korean War Veterans Association, Burton-Goode-Sargent Chapter 1, noon Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, Maine State Korean War Memorial, Mount Hope Cemetery, off Mount Hope Avenue. All welcome.

HOLDEN — Wreath-laying ceremony, 2:30 p.m. Nov. 11, Holden Veterans Memorial, adjacent to town office, 570 Main Road, Route 1A. Guest speaker, retired Navy Capt. James Settele.

BANGOR — Veterans Day program, 1 p.m. Nov. 11, Cole Land Transportation Museum, 405 Perry Road. Students reading award-winning essays, “What Freedom Means to Me After Interviewing a Veteran.” Patriotic concert by Bangor Band, 2 p.m. Free.

BANGOR — Maine Veterans of World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War and war on global terrorism who do not have their walking sticks may receive them 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Nov. 11 at Cole Land Transportation Museum, 405 Perry Road. Bring military ID or DD214.

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