Mainers paid their respects to fallen veterans Saturday at the Togus Medical Center in Augusta, by laying wreaths on soldiers’ graves, some of whom fought in the Civil War.
“A lot of them had their lives cut short, there are a lot of family members here, and it means a lot to a lot of people,” said Rene Gaudette, who was one of many people participating in the ceremony. “Without our armed forces, without the volunteers that we have, we wouldn’t be allowed to enjoy our freedoms.”
Muskets were fired at the ceremony, as people in attendance gave a salute to the fallen soldiers.
The wreaths were laid on veterans’ graves the same day thousands of wreaths, delivered from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, were laid on the graves of fallen soldiers.