AUGUSTA, Maine — Boy Scout Troop 111, Tri-County Mental Health Services and Americorps Vista have partnered to honor service members and veterans this holiday season with a Tree of Honor in the State House Hall of Flags.
A special ceremony will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, in the Hall of Flags to raise the tree and decorate it with special ornaments. These ornaments are designed so that individuals can write the name of a service member or veteran they want to honor. Local Boy Scouts, veterans and lawmakers will take part in the ceremony. The event is open to the public.
“I am so pleased that this special tree will be on display in the Hall of Flags,” said Rep. Peggy Rotundo, D-Lewiston, who helped the group bring the display to the State House this year. “This tree is a meaningful way for the public to honor our military service members and veterans. We want them to know they are always in our thoughts and prayers, but especially so this holiday season.”
Everyone is invited to stop by and place one of the available ornaments for a service member or veteran they want to honor. The Tree of Honor will remain on display in the Hall of Flags until Dec. 30.
“The Tree of Honor sends a simple message to our nation’s service members and veterans, we are thinking about and honor you,” said Jerry DeWitt, of Tri-County Mental Health Services and commander of American Legion Post 22, in a press release.