BANGOR, Maine — More than 150 people, including at least 100 veterans, attended a dedication event for the American Veterans Club Tuesday night at Sunbury Village Independent Retirement Community.
The goal of the club is to bring veterans from around the state together for monthly opportunities to meet, socialize, and learn about opportunities and services available to them in the region.
Maine National Guard Commander, Vietnam veteran, and winner of several prestigious military awards, Maj. Gen. John Libby was the featured guest speaker. Libby delivered an inspirational speech about the “brotherhood of the military” and the importance of recognizing veterans, according to event coordinator J.D. Adams.
Bangor Mayor Susan Hawes delivered the official city proclamation for the club, and state Rep. Doug Damon presented a legislative sentiment from the 125th Legislature signed by Gov. Paul LePage. Damon also unveiled the new Sunbury Village Veteran’s Club Wall, which measures 8-feet-by-4-feet and features the names and photographs of the 43 veterans who live in the retirement community and belong to the club.
“The event went amazingly well,” Adams said on Wednesday. He said at least 60 other veterans who are expected to join the club also attended Tuesday night’s dedication. “It was the biggest event we had ever had here.”
Everyone in attendance also signed a 6-by-6-foot greeting card that is set to be donated to the Maine Troop Greeters and hung at Bangor International Airport.
The monthly American Veterans Club events are scheduled to begin next month with a screening of the documentary “The Way We Get By,” a film about the Maine Troop Greeters. The events are open to all Maine veterans and their families and will be held the forth Wednesday of every month at Sunbury Village located at 922 Ohio Street in Bangor.