By Roxanne Moore Saucier
for the weekly
BUCKSPORT — It’s the perfect niche for a veterans memorial, right in the corner of Main Street by the turn onto the Route 1 bridge to Verona Island.
The Peary’s Landing site has its own parking lot handy to the waterfront walkway.
Nine flags announce to passers-by that this is the home of the beautiful new Bucksport Area Veterans Memorial, dedicated on Oct. 23.
The words engraved are inclusive: TO HONOR ALL THOSE WHO SERVED TO PROTECT OUR FREEDOM. MAY THEY NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.
Seals set into the monument honor the branches of service: the Navy, the Army, the Marines, the Air Force, the Coast Guard and the Merchant Marine.
As many communities have done, organizers have offered the opportunity for purchase of stones to honor veterans, but the setup is different.
9 inches to 7
Stand right in front of the memorial and look down. Each black stone in the Field of Honor triangle is engraved with the name, war and death date for someone who gave his life in battle. They include:
- Pvt. Alonzo Dodge, Union Army, Civil War, 17 Dec. 1862.
- Sgt. Henry Tapley, Union Army, Civil War, 7 Nov. 1863.
- Pvt. Moses Verrill, Union Army, Civil War, 7 Nov. 1863.
- Pvt. 1C Robert DC. Schildroth, US Army, WWII, 24 Oct. 1944.
- Corp. Robert Violette, USMC, Korean War, 30 Oct. 1953.
To either side of the triangle are stones mostly of gray granite in honor of veterans of several wars.
On the left, a group of six stones remembers the service of five members of the prominent Buck family:
- Col. Jonathan Buck, Commander, 5th Lincoln Co. Commissioned June 1775, Revolutionary War.
- 2nd Maj. Jonathan Buck Jr., 5th Lincoln Co., Revolutionary War.
- Capt. Ebenezer Buck, 5th Lincoln Co., Revolutionary War.
- Pvt. Daniel Buck, Penobscot Expedition, Revolutionary War.
- Pvt. Joseph L. Buck, Army Air Corps, 1943 (World War II)
Stones on the right side include:
- Pvt. Richard Doucette Jr., Army, Nov 1980-Nov 1982.
- RD2 Richard Doucette Sr., Navy, Jan 1953-Jan 1957.
There is also a black stone on this side of the memorial:
- Pvt. Richard F. Ensign, US Army 1942-1945. Died as POW WWII.
The engraved pavers, which helped raise money for the memorial, will do their part to make the monument a site of pilgrimage now and in years to come.
Those visiting will stop to read the inscriptions, thinking of these veterans and their sacrifices, one by one.