With due solemnity and pride, the town of Brooks dedicated its new veterans’ memorial Thursday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

The memorial consists of a stone surrounded by a gravel circle with nine flagpoles behind it. Immediately behind the stone is a pole for the U.S. flag; arranged in a shallow U-shape behind that are eight poles, one for each of the six branches of military service — Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine — flanked by the POW/MIA flag on the left and the Maine flag on the right.

The stone is inscribed, “Dedicated to the honor and sacrifice of our men and women who served our country in all wars.” In addition, there is an inscribed stone bench on either side of the circle surrounding the dedication stone. And, according to Ray Quimby, master of ceremonies for the event, there are plans to have additional stones bearing the names of fallen Brooks veterans from all wars since the Revolution.

After some opening remarks by Quimby, two retired veterans, Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel “Jimmy” Mulcahey and Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Robert Tuthill, raised the American flag to the top of its pole for the singing of  “The Star-Spangled Banner,” then lowered it to half-staff in honor of the recent deaths of two Maine service members.

This was followed by the raising of each of the eight flags at the rear of the memorial, starting with the POW/MIA flag and ending with the Maine state flag. After each one, except the POW/MIA flag, the anthem of the respective services was played and sung by the Marsh River Singers, who finished with the Maine state song.

The speaker for the event was District 23 State Sen.-elect Mike Thibodeau, R-Winterport, who credited service members with making possible free elections like the one held Nov. 2. He quoted from an address by Pres. Ronald Reagan given on Veterans Day 1985, in which Reagan noted that most fallen service members, “were boys when they died, and they gave up two lives — the one they were living, and the one they would have lived. When they died, they gave up their chance to be … revered old men.”

Before the ceremony ended, Quimby invited those present to say aloud the names of service members, living or dead, who were important to them, and several did. The remembrance concluded with the playing of “Taps.”