December 12, 2018
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Check out these Veterans Day events around the state

Courtesy of VA Maine Healthcare System
Courtesy of VA Maine Healthcare System
AUGUSTA -- VA Maine Healthcare System invites the public to a Veterans Day celebration 8-9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at the main hospital's lobby and at flagpole at 1 VA Center, on the Togus campus. Randall Liberty, a veteran, former sheriff of Kennebec County and current warden of the Maine State Prison, will present a 7-foot-tall American Bald Eagle hand-carved by an incarcerated master craftsman, to be dedicated to the Honorable Veterans of the State of Maine. The craftsman spent four months and approximately 1,600 hours carving each individual feather, each talon and the beak. Warden Liberty has done a lot of work for Maine veterans, including establishing an American Legion Post in the Maine State Prison veteran pod, as well as transitioning to civilian life through advocacy, programming and the Veterans Court.

ATHENS — The Athens Victory Club annual Veterans Day turkey buffet is 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Somerset Academy, Academy Street. Includes 50/50 raffle. Admission is $8 for adults, $3.50 for children 5-12 and free for children under 5. Menu includes turkey with gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables, coleslaw, cranberry sauce, rolls and assorted pies.

AUGUSTA — VA Maine Healthcare System invites the public to a Veterans Day celebration 8-9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at the main hospital’s lobby and at flagpole at 1 VA Center, on the Togus campus. Randall Liberty, a veteran, former sheriff of Kennebec County and current warden of the Maine State Prison, will present a 7-foot-tall American Bald Eagle hand-carved by an incarcerated master craftsman, to be dedicated to the Honorable Veterans of the State of Maine. The craftsman spent four months and approximately 1,600 hours carving each individual feather, each talon and the beak. Warden Liberty has done a lot of work for Maine veterans, including establishing an American Legion Post in the Maine State Prison veteran pod, as well as transitioning to civilian life through advocacy, programming and the Veterans Court.

AUGUSTA — The Augusta Elks 964 are holding a Veterans Day breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at 397 Civic Center Drive. Veterans eat for free. $6 adults, $3 children 12 and under.

AUGUSTA — The Fitzgerald-Cummings Post 2 is holding a Veterans Day ceremony starting at 12:45 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at 294 Capitol Street Ext. The opening ceremony at 12:45 pm. includes presentation of colors, opening prayer and POW/ MIA recognition. At 1 p.m., dinner will be served. BG Donald Marden will give remarks followed by Vietnam veterans recognition by Past Commander Howard Betts and comments by the Legion Commander and Auxiliary president. Dancing and music by Magical Music Jam until 5 p.m.

AUGUSTA — Join the Maine State Museum, Maine State Library, and the Maine State Archives 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Maine State Cultural Building, 230 State St., for a free event that looks back at an important time in history and acknowledges the debt owed to veterans. Check out the World War I reenactors demonstration 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Cultural Building Archives; the 1:30 p.m. Armistice Day commemoration ceremony; the 2:30 p.m. ceremonial wreath laying; and remember it’s the last day to see the Maine State Museum’s WWI exhibit, “Over There, Down Home: Mainers and World War I.” For information, call 207-287-2301 or visit www.mainestatemuseum.org

AUGUSTA — Join the VFW Post 887 in honoring all veterans with a luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at 509 Leighton Road for veterans and guests. Menu will be shepherd’s pie, salad and dessert. Potluck dishes welcome.

BANGOR — The Bangor Band will perform a patriotic concert for Veterans Day at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at 405 Perry Road. The band will play marches and old wartime melodies to honor and thank veterans for their service to the country.

BANGOR — The Bangor High School Junior Reserve Training Corps will host the Greater Bangor Area Veterans Day Parade at 10:15 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12. Vehicles should line up in the parade by 9 a.m. This is for the safety of children and adults assembling in this limited area. Pedestrians walking should assemble by 9:45 a.m. Veterans marching will be at the front of the parade and will be coordinated through Cole Transportation, not Bangor JROTC. The parade will assemble on Vista Way in Brewer (Brewer Plaza), proceed down Wilson Street and cross the Chamberlain Bridge. From there, the parade follows Main Street to State Street and ends on Exchange Street. The route is approximately 1 1/2 miles. There is a brief pause when the parade reaches the reviewing stand for a respectful ceremony.

BANGOR — The Bangor Grange Hall is holding a veterans tribute supper and show Saturday, Nov. 10, at 1192 Ohio St. Turkey supper starts at 5:30 p.m. until sold out for $9. At 7:30 pm, Elvis tribute artist, Jessi Mallory, presents “G.I. Blues,” for $8. Bring a nonperishable food item for a local food pantry and receive $1 off. Veterans will receive an additional $1 discount. For more information, call 207-817-0020 or 207-632-4682.

BANGOR — Husson University will hold its annual roll call at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the G. Peirce Webber Campus Center. There will be a minute of silence and a national roll call that honors those who have served, those who are serving and those who gave their lives in service to their country. Free and open to the public.

BELFAST — The Veterans Day Parade in Belfast starts at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Belfast Area High School. The parade will turn right down Waldo Avenue, then left on Main Street and proceeds to the waterfront where a brief ceremony will be held.

BREWER — In honor of those who served, Brewer High School student council will be holding a coffee hour (7-8 a.m.), breakfast (8-9 a.m.), and then an assembly (9-10 a.m.) for veterans on Friday, Nov. 9, at 79 Parkway South.

CAMDEN — Camden Public Library will be closed Sunday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day.

CARIBOU — Northern Maine Veterans Cemetery Corp. will hold a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 37 Lombard Road. Linda McGlinn will be the emcee, Sue Barnard of Northern Maine Community College will be the keynote speaker, the invocation and benediction will be by Lloyd Woods, Wendell Hudson will sing, and taps will be by Fred Ormezanni. Coffee and cocoa will be provided by C.B. and Vicki Smith. Legion Riders of American Legion Post 147 in Madawaska will do a 21-gun salute for the corporation’s ceremonies. Loring Job Corps will furnish the Honor Guard. For more information, contact Harry C. Hafford at 207-768 0525 or any NMVCC committee member.

CHARLESTON — Join the Charleston Church after the morning service at noon Sunday, Nov. 11, in the Fellowship Hall, 185 Main Road. Seating is limited, so you must pick up a ticket at the information desk or sign up at cchurch11a.info. If you have served in the military, the church would like to thank you with a special lunch served in your honor.

FORT KENT — University of Maine at Fort Kent Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Old Model School, by UMFK Student Veterans Association and Fort Kent Boy Scouts. Refreshments will be provided by American Legion Post 133.

KENNEBUNK — The Brick Store Museum invites the public to a local celebration of Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at 4 Dane St. Tickets are $5 at the door and free for museum members. Tickets for the concert can be purchased in advance at the Brick Store Museum, online at www.brickstoremuseum.org or at the door. No advance reservations are required.

LEWISTON — Prince of Peace Parish will host a communitywide Veterans Day Prayer Service at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at Holy Family Church on 607 Sabattus St. All are invited to attend regardless of faith affiliation, including all active and retired military and their families. Active soldiers who live in the area or who are home on leave are urged to attend in uniform. For more information, contact Prince of Peace Parish at 207-777-1200.

MILO — The Three Rivers Kiwanis of Milo-Brownville will serve dinner to all local veterans and their families at noon Monday, Nov. 12 at the Town Hall, 6 Pleasant St. Doors open at 11 a.m., and at 11:45 a.m. there will be a POW/MIA ceremony put on by the Milo American Legion Post 41. The Elementary Veterans Singers led by Stephanie Gillis will provide musical entertainment. If you need home delivery of your meal, contact Eben DeWitt at 207-943-2486.

NORTHPORT — The Auxiliary to Northport Memorial VFW Post 6131 is hosting a Veterans Day dinner from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Post Home, 780 Atlantic Highway.

There will be live music, a bake sale and a roast turkey dinner with all the fixings. The post will start serving at 1 p.m. This is free to all veterans and their families. Others are $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12. For more information, contact Betty at 207-323-6921 or rfarrisandbfarris95@yahoo.com

OLD TOWN — Come to the Old Town VFW ceremony 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at VFW Post. Lunch includes smoked brisket and pork butt, bean-hole beans, and salads. Free drinks for veterans.

ORONO — The unveiling of the Digital “Book of Memory” display will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, in the Coe Room of the Memorial Union, University of Maine campus. Before the unveiling, guest speakers will talk about the project and the importance of commemorating those lost during military service. The Book of Memory contains portraits and obituaries of UMaine’s 261 fallen dating back to The Spanish-American War.

ORONO — Euphony Orono’s Chamber Choir presents, “We are the Dead” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at The Church of Universal Fellowship, 82 Main St. Includes a poetry reading commemorating World War I. There is a $10 suggested donation and students attend for free.

PRESQUE ISLE — Veterans Day supper will be held 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Presque Isle Elks Lodge, Main Street. Food includes moose steaks, a variety of moose recipes, stews, chowders, chili, home-baked beans, steak, breads, desserts and more. Plus, enjoy live music.

SEARSPORT — First Congregational Church of Searsport announces a Veterans Day organ concert with Sean Fleming, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. Sean Fleming returns to First Congregational Church in Searsport, to perform a Veterans Day Concert on the 1906 E.W. Lane tracker action pipe organ. The Veterans Day Concert will feature works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Franck, Handel, Darke and Widor. A highlight of the concert will be Concert Variations on “The Star-Spangled Banner” by John Knowles Paine. Donations accepted at the door will benefit the church’s building project.

SOUTH PORTLAND — The South Portland War Veterans Association is hosting the annual Veterans Day Parade at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12. The parade will leave Southern Maine Community College at the end of Broadway and conclude with a ceremony at the Veterans Monument in Mill Creek. Please note that Broadway will be temporarily closed to traffic during the parade.


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