BANGOR, Maine — Over the past dozen years, Cole Land Transportation Museum has distributed more than 7,100 maple walking sticks to Maine war veterans, each stick made by Peavey Manufacturing in Eddington.
The totals as of May 20 were:
• World War II, 2,250.
• Korean War, 1,002.
• Vietnam War, 2,995.
• Global War on Terror, 874.
The Maine-made walking sticks continue to be available to Maine veterans who haven’t yet obtained one 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through May 29 at the museum, 405 Perry Road. The walking sticks are intended to honor Maine war veterans and to encourage participation in patriotic parades.
The museum has military items on display, both in a separate room and on the main floor of the museum.
The collection includes a group of eight Purple Heart medals in a locked, glass-enclosed case, said Galen Cole, museum founder. The facility, which also has a Purple Heart Memorial on its grounds, is looking to expand its collection by adding more Purple Hearts and information on the veterans who earned them, said Cole, himself a Purple Heart recipient in World War II.
Maine veterans interested in placing their Purple Heart in the exhibit may contact the museum at 990-3600 or stop by. Information sought to go with each medal is the recipient’s name, rank, branch of service, war of service and date of injury (or death).
Memorial Day activities have been scheduled around the area:
BANGOR — Memorial Day Parade, 10:30 a.m. May 30, conducted by Bangor High Junior ROTC, junction of State and Exchange streets to Harlow Street, left on Central Street, up Main Street, closing with ceremony at Davenport Park at corner of Main and Cedar streets. Veterans form on sidewalk along Exchange Street by eras: WWII, Korean, Vietnam, Global War on Terrorism. Cyr buses for veterans unable to walk parade route, board at Exchange and Hancock streets, ride back after parade.
BANGOR — Memorial Day Parade participants, May 30, parking at Penobscot Plaza (except for in front of Aubuchon Hardware), downtown parking garage, Career Center on Oak Street. Restrooms in parking garage.
BANGOR — Maine-made walking sticks for Maine veterans of WWII, Korea, Vietnam and Global War on Terrorism who have not previously received one, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily with military ID or papers, through May 29, Cole Land Transportation Museum, 405 Perry Road.
BANGOR — Memorial Day program, May 30, Cole Land Transportation Museum, 405 Perry Road. Lunch available from Brewer High Music Boosters, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. beside covered bridge. Veterans with walking stick receive free hamburger or hot dog and soda. Brewer High School Band concert, noon. Commemoration with Don Colson, 1 p.m. Guest speaker, Maj. Gen. John W. Libby, adjutant general of Maine National Guard. Bring lawn chair.
BELFAST — Brooks Preservation Society, excursion train operations, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. May 28-30, Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad, depart from Upper Bridge Station, rain or shine.
EDDINGTON — Laying of the Wreath ceremony with Boy Scout Troop 23, sponsored by Eddington Bicentennial Committee, 9 a.m. May 30, at Jonathan Eddy Monument, corner of Monument Drive and Riverside Drive, Route 178, just up the road from Route 9.
GARLAND — Memorial Day observance to honor servicemen and -women, past and present, 8 a.m. May 30, Garland Veterans Memorial, across from church, adjacent to the Ernest Stone Field. Patriotic songs by trio Serenity, wreath laying. Veterans, service personnel, families, public welcome.
HOLDEN — Memorial Day ceremony, sponsored by Holden’s Veterans Memorial Committee, 2:30 p.m. May 30, Veterans Memorial, adjacent to Holden Elementary School, Route 1A. All welcome.
JACKMAN — Memorial Day celebration, 8:15 a.m. May 27, Forest Hills School Gym. Young American Awards, Patriot’s Pen honor, Honoring Our World War II Veterans, Wreaths Across America, patriotic music. 668-5291.
LINCOLNVILLE CENTER — Memorial Service, 9:30 a.m. May 29, United Christian Church, 18 Searsmont Road. To honor those who gave their lives in service to the country and to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War with music of that era. All faiths welcome.
MONROE — Memorial Day Parade, sponsored by Monroe Lions Club, 11 a.m. May 30, from Monroe School to Gesner Park. Chicken barbecue afterward, flowers for sale, homemade pies, children’s games, rain or shine. Mike, 525-6621, or David, 525-4431.
MONROE — Memorial Day breakfast, 7-9 a.m. May 30, Monroe Community Church, Route 139.
ORONO — Memorial Day Parade, sponsored by Orono-Old Town Kiwanis Club and Orono Village Association, 10 a.m. May 30. Form 9 a.m. at high school, parade route down Westwood Avenue, left onto Main Street to Stillwater Bridge for ceremony by American Legion Post 84, then down Park Street to American Legion Hall. Parade route will be blocked off to traffic. Crossroads Ministries accepting nonperishable food items for food bank during parade. To participate in parade, call Dana Smith at 852-3912 or Marlene Doucette at 866-2597.
SEARSPORT — Memorial Day Parade, 9 a.m. May 30, beginning at Dan Rich Public Safety Building, proceeding to Civil War Monument across from Penobscot Marine Museum, brief ceremony, then on to Mosman Park for memorial ceremony.
SEARSPORT — Memorial Tribute to honor fallen heroes, veterans and today’s military men and women, 10:30 a.m. May 29, Searsport Full Gospel Church. Community event with VFW Honor Guard presenting colors, music, local officials, baton exhibition, some of the Maine Troop Greeters, guest speaker Lt. Col. Hamilton Richards, Maine Army National Guard.
STOCKTON SPRINGS — Memorial Day Parade, assemble 10:15 a.m. May 30, step off 10:40 a.m. Main Street, between Just Barb’s and Harris Road, led by members of Stockton Springs American Legion Jerry W. Dobbins Post 157. All veterans welcome to march. Program, 11 a.m., Veterans Park, plus brief ceremony on Cape Jellison in memory of those lost at sea. At Veterans Park, Post 157 will present to the Stockton Springs Historical Society a framed copy of Page 12 of the Bangor Daily News from Thursday, June 17, 1943, with the headline “Stockton Springs has 70 Women and Men Serving Uncle Sam.” Those who have a family member now in the military, contact Lee Snyder, 567-3137, email@example.com so your family may be included in Memorial Day program.
WINTERPORT — Memorial Day Parade, sponsored by Argonne Post 138, American Legion, 11 a.m. May 30, beginning at Smith School, Main Street, then to Winterport Veterans Memorial Library for laying of commemorative wreath and up Main Street to Lebanon Street and then Oak Hill Cemetery for ceremony at Veterans Memorial.