FAMILY TIES

Honoring the sacrifice of Maine veterans

During a special ceremony at the Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor, museum founder and World War II veteran Galen Cole (right) thanks the approximately 50 combat veterans who traveled to the museum to receive maple walking sticks with markings to indicate their service in 2010.
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During a special ceremony at the Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor, museum founder and World War II veteran Galen Cole (right) thanks the approximately 50 combat veterans who traveled to the museum to receive maple walking sticks with markings to indicate their service in 2010. Buy Photo
Posted May 24, 2014, at 6:19 a.m.

I consider myself lucky to live within visiting distance of my dad’s grave for Memorial Day. A few days beforehand, my mother and I take flowers to his grave — mine are always red and blue to go with the flags that marks his and other graves of U.S. veterans. He is buried in the Village Cemetery in Abbot, just behind where he used to line up with the color guard for each year’s Memorial Day Parade.

The name of Gayland Moore Jr. is also inscribed on the Abbot Veterans Memorial, dedicated a few years ago to replace the wooden honor roll at the other end of town by the Civil War Memorial, where the ceremony is held each Memorial Day. Sangerville, Guilford and Carmel also have newer, updated military honor rolls on display in their towns.

My dad also has a stone in the walkway at the Maine Korean War Memorial at Mount Hope Cemetery off Mount Hope Avenue in Bangor. While he did not serve during the Korean War, Burton-Goode-Sargent Chapter No. 1 of Korean War veterans welcomes the purchase of walkway stones in honor of veterans from any era, from relatives, individuals, towns and organizations.

The Korean War Memorial is a beautiful pagoda-style monument with the names of 245 Mainers who lost their lives in that war, among them Romeo Castonguay and Medal of Honor winner Clair Goodblood.

Mount Hope Cemetery also has two Civil War monuments.

Monuments with names at the Cole Land Transportation Museum at 405 Perry Road, Bangor, include the Bangor World War II Memorial, dedicated on Veterans Day 2012. More than 110 names are listed alphabetically, from Leonard V. Ashworth Jr. to Renfrew A. Yerxa.

One of the names on the monument, Charles A. Flanagan, is also represented by the soldier in a jeep in the bronze sculpture of the Maine World War II Memorial on site.

The Maine Vietnam War Memorial has both a bronze sculpture of three soldiers, one of them a nurse, and a monument listing the Mainers killed during the Vietnam War.

The Memorial Day program at the Cole Museum begins with a Brewer High School band concert at noon, and continues with a talk by James Settele, former assistant to U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, at 1 p.m.

Those who attend the program at the Cole Museum receive free admission afterward to the museum, which includes military honor rolls from the former Bangor Jewish Center.

The museum’s 5th Armored Division Room includes a variety of military mementoes and a wall listing more than 900 men from the 5th Armored who were killed in Europe during World War II.

The names on the Maine Korean War Memorial may be seen online at bangordailynews.com/2011/09/18/living/maine-korean-war-memorial-inscriptions/?ref=inline.

 

The names on the Bangor World War II Memorial may be seen online at bangordailynews.com/2012/08/13/news/bangor/monument-to-honor-more-than-110-bangor-men-killed-in-world-war-ii/?ref=search.

 

The website My Heritage will offer free access to military records through Memorial Day at MyHeritage.com/memorialday.

 

Memorial Day honors those who gave their lives during our country’s wars. Its parades, including the one which will proceed up Main Street in Bangor beginning at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 26, also offers a wonderful opportunity to honor living veterans who take part in the parades.

The public is also welcome to attend a Walking Stick Ceremony at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 1, at Cole Land Transportation Museum, 405 Perry Road Some 100 members of the 101st Air Refueling Wing, Maine Air National Guard, will receive walking sticks from the museum for service during the Global War on Terror.

Brig. James D. Campbell will honor World War II combat veteran Galen Cole for lifelong service to veterans, including the museum’s Walking Stick Program, which has given approximately 9,000 Maine-made maple walking sticks to Maine veterans of WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Global War on Terror.

The Old Town High School band will play during the ceremony.

A meeting of the Washington County Historical & Genealogical Society will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 31. The speaker for the afternoon will be Marianne Thibodeau, head librarian at the University of Maine at Machias, who will discuss research resources available at the Merrill Library. The meeting will be held in the Emergency Management Room at 28 Center St., Machias. The meeting is open to the public.

For information on researching family history in Maine, see Genealogy Resources under Family Ties at bangordailynews.com/browse/family-ties. Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402, or email familyti@bangordailynews.com.

 

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