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Avenue of Flags to be dedicated June 14 at Northern Maine Veterans’ Cemetery

By Barbara Scott, Caribou Aroostook Republican & News

CARIBOU, Maine — On Tuesday, June 14, members of the Northern Maine Veterans’ Cemetery Corporation will hold a dedication ceremony for the Avenue of Flags, which graces the driveway entrance to the Lombard Road facility.

The Avenue of Flags dedication on Flag Day will offer a full program of music and guest speakers prior to the raising of the individual flags that have been donated in memory of veterans. Each of the 30 flagpoles were also purchased and donated to the NMVC by organizations or private individuals.

The program, which begins at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, will include the Loring Job Corps Color Guard; Catherine Packard and eighth-grade students from Ashland leading the Pledge of Allegiance; USAF Ret. Chaplain Col. David P. Cote, who will offer the Invocation-Benediction; Patty Rafford, who will sing the National Anthem; and opening remarks and the introduction of guests by Harry Hafford, chairman of the Northern Maine Veterans’ Cemetery Corporation. Dale McGlinn will serve as master of ceremonies for the Avenue of Flags dedication program.

Guest speakers will include Sharon Campbell, representing U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe; Phil Bosse on behalf of U.S. Sen. Susan Collins; and Barbara Hayslett, representing U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud.

Others who will participate in the program include John and Joyce Noble and George Mathis, DAV department commander.

The keynote speaker for the late morning event will be Gen. Brent Boyles, deputy adjutant general and commander of the Maine Army National Guard.

The Raising of the Flags ceremony will follow with an announcement, as each flag is raised, of who donated the flagpole and for whom the flag is flying. At the completion of the 30 flags being raised, the program will continue with Patty Rafford presenting a vocal selection of  “Amazing Grace;” the Laying of Wreaths by members of the Maine Army National Guard and the Ashland students; a 21-gun salute presented by members of the American Legion Post 147; and “Taps” played by Fred Ormezzani.

Due to the length of the dedication ceremony, those planning to attend are encouraged to bring a chair.

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