On June 2, a special dedication ceremony was held at Wreaths Across America in Columbia Falls. An 8-acre tract there will now be a Remembrance Park. It is situated on the tip land where the balsam is harvested to create the wreaths that are placed on veterans' graves at Arlington National Cemetery each December by the Wreaths Across America Escort to Arlington Convoy.

Special guests were Medal of Honor and Purple Heart recipient Col. Roger Donlon, U.S. Army retired 7th Special Forces Group Vietnam veteran, and his wife Norma, a Gold Star Spouse (her first husband, Lt. John Irving, was killed in Vietnam in May 1965).

Col. Donlon was the first Vietnam veteran and Army Special Forces Green Beret to receive the Medal of Honor. President Lyndon B. Johnson awarded the Medal of Honor to then-Capt. Donlon at the White House on Dec. 5, 1964, for Valor during the battle at Nam Dong. You can learn more about Col. Donlon’s service and sacrifice through his two books: "Beyond Nam Dong" and "Outpost of Freedom."

Flag Retirement Ceremony

On Flag Day, Thursday, June 14, at 7 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars Randall Collins Post 3108 will host a special Flag Retirement Ceremony at the post, 34 Field St., Belfast. Everyone who has American flags that are worn, torn, faded and need replacement, etc., please bring them to the VFW for proper retirement.

In addition to the VFW, the Belfast American Legion and Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organizations will participate in this ceremony. The public is invited to attend.

This is a great opportunity to bring your children to experience this special service. If you are unable to bring your flags for the 7 p.m. ceremony, you may drop them off at the VFW Post in advance.

Women veterans' luncheon

On Saturday, June 30, the Camden American Legion Post 30 will host a free luncheon for women veterans. It will begin with morning refreshments and pampering, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by lunch and guest speakers at 1 p.m. The Camden Legion is located on 91 Pearl St. Please RSVP by June 20 to Jeff Sukeforth, post adjutant, at 691-2270 or email jande79@myfairpoint.net

Joy Asuncion is a U.S. Navy retired veteran, an Honor Flight Maine board member, a Maine Troop Greeter and the Maine Ambassador for the Women in Military Service for America Memorial. You can contact Joy at 930-5640 or joyasuncion@roadrunner.com.