STANDISH — The Kenison-Hooper American Legion Post 128 hosted almost 70 participants during its annual Memorial Day ceremonies held Monday, May 28, at the Standish Town Hall. With no rain in sight (unlike recent past events) – Post Commander Bruce Roubo kicked off the ceremonies with a Presentation of Colors featuring the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Cadets. “I was very pleased to see the young cadets at the ceremony” said Joan Graham – widow of WWII Aviator George Graham. “Everyone did a great job with their messages honoring our servicemen and women.”
Speakers included State Senator Bill Diamond; Representatives Jonathan Kinney and Lester Ordway; Standish Town Council Chairwoman Kimberly Pomerleau, and 4th Degree Knight of Columbus representative Daniel Kasprzyk. Also present were The Standish Historical Society, and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary – who provided refreshments after the ceremonies.
“Of the 16 million Allied servicemen from the United States and 1.1 million from Canada, nearly 450,000 lost their lives during WWII alone.” pointed out Dan Kasprzyk, a 4th degree Knight of Columbus, and regular volunteer at community events. “Approximately the same number remain alive today, and they’re dying at about the same rate as during WWII – several hundred each day. It’s important to honor all our fallen military heroes and their ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms”.
Participants gathered afterward with refreshments and shared stories in remembrance of our fallen soldiers.