Museum finalizing list for WWII monument

Posted Oct. 11, 2012, at 12:45 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Cole Land Transportation Museum will finalize today the list of some 110 Bangor men who lost their lives in World War II for a new monument that will be dedicated on Veterans Day.

Thursday is the last day that any additional names may be submitted for consideration for the project, which is using as its original source those who have a page in the Book of Honor at the Bangor Public Library. Compiled after World War II and updated in recent years by local history librarian Bill Cook, the volume is displayed in a glass case, open to a different page every day.

The city of Bangor had promised in its 1945 city report to erect a memorial to those killed in World War II, but the monument was never built.

Cole Land Transportation Museum placed the Maine World War II Memorial on its grounds 15 years ago, with reference on one side of the base to Bangor residents who had been killed.

Earlier this summer, museum founder Galen Cole, a Purple Heart veteran of WWII, announced that the museum would go ahead with a Bangor monument actually listing the names of all 110 men, to be placed near the state memorial.

The men who died are buried from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, and even in Europe. The dedication of the memorial will take place at the museum’s annual Veterans Day program Monday afternoon, Nov. 12, at 405 Perry Road.

The current list of Bangor men who died in WWII is available online at http://www.colemuseum.org/news.php?num=&news_id=30.

Anyone who can help document that a Bangor resident — or someone who attended Bangor High or John Bapst before joining the service — died in World War II is asked to email roxanne.saucier@yahoo.com or call 907-0806 by 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11.

Contributions to help build the “Bangor Remembers” memorial may be dropped off at Cole Museum or mailed to the museum at 405 Perry Road, Bangor 04401 The museum is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission is $7 adults, $5 seniors, free to everyone 18 and under.

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