Flags hoisted high in honor of veterans at northern Maine cemetery

Posted May 16, 2014, at 5:32 a.m.

CARIBOU, Maine — About 100 veterans, friends and family members from all over the state attended the annual flag-raising ceremony Monday at the Northern Maine Veterans Cemetery.

Thirty American flags were dedicated to and raised in honor of veterans who served in wars spanning the last 75 years, from the early years of World War II until the Gulf War, better known as Desert Storm.

All but one of the red, white and blue banners will be flying along the winding Avenue of Flag at the cemetery in memory of specific deceased veterans.

The 30th flag, which was donated after being flown over the White House, was raised by Armed Forces members, who hoisted it in honor of all American veterans, past and present.

Veteran Clarence McLaughlin of the Disabled American Veterans chapter 10 in Caribou was pleased with the turnout on the cold and rainy Monday morning in Aroostook County.

“This is usually one of our bigger turnouts,” McLaughlin said in reference to the flag-raising ceremony. “This is an area that really knows how to get behind, as well as pay tribute to our nation’s veterans.”

All of the flags will be flown 24 hours a day, until after Veteran’s Day.

To learn more about dedicating a flag to a deceased veteran can call Harry Hafford, chairman of the Northern Maine Veterans Cemetery Corp., at 435-6024 or 768-0252.