County Patriot Young Marines help decorate soldiers’ graves for Memorial Day

Posted May 26, 2011, at 5:31 p.m.
Sarah Nouhan, 10, of Connor (from left); Tierann Barbosa, 9, of Caribou; and Kyle Kilcollins, 13, of Westfield watch as Alex Kaiser, 11, of Ashland places a flag near the headstone of a veteran at Fairmount Cemetery in Presque Isle on May 21. The members of County Patriots Young Marines assisted the Presque Isle VFW in preparing veterans’ graves for Memorial Day.
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Sarah Nouhan, 10, of Connor (from left); Tierann Barbosa, 9, of Caribou; and Kyle Kilcollins, 13, of Westfield watch as Alex Kaiser, 11, of Ashland places a flag near the headstone of a veteran at Fairmount Cemetery in Presque Isle on May 21. The members of County Patriots Young Marines assisted the Presque Isle VFW in preparing veterans’ graves for Memorial Day.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Youths of the County Patriot Young Marines recently volunteered their time assisting members of the Presque Isle VFW in honoring the region’s veterans by adorning their final resting places with American flags.

The four youths exuded respectful appreciation as they systematically found and honored more than 100 veterans’ graves at Fairmount Cemetery in Presque Isle on the drizzling morning of May 21.

The Young Marines program aims to build character and leadership qualities in participants while promoting a healthy, drug-free lifestyle — but respect for veterans who served their country is also learned along the way.

“We put the flags on the graves to remember the people who served our country,” said Young Marine Pfc. Kyle Kilcollins. “It’s important that we all remember who served our country and fought for us.”

Recruit Tierann Barbosa of Caribou is a newer member of the group, but he learned long ago the importance of Memorial Day.

“For the veterans who have died and who have fought in the wars, we’re respecting them for serving our country,” he said.

Under the supervision of Unit Commander Diane Norton and Executive Officer Rich Norton, the four youths — Barbosa, Kilcollins, Pfc. Alex Kaiser and recruit Sarah Nouhan — helped place more than 100 flags at the Fairmount Cemetery in Presque Isle. Shortly after, the group helped with a little fundraising by selling buddy poppies for the VFW.

The next Memorial Day endeavor that has the group excited is marching in the Memorial Day Parade in Presque Isle on May 30.

Additional information regarding the County Patriot Young Marines can be obtained by visiting www.youngmarines.com. The group is currently accepting new members; for more information email Diane at Dianegnus@yahoo.com or call 325-3424.

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