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    May 12, 2022

    Honor Flight Maine is flying again!

    Joy Asuncion is a retired U.S. Navy Veteran, Honor Flight Maine Board Member, Maine Troop Greeter and the Maine Ambassador for the Women in Military Service For America Memorial. Contact information: 207-930-5640 or email

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    May 20, 2021

    Local WWII veterans to be featured on prime-time TV

    “Our Heroes — In their Own Words,” a special prime-time show honoring Maine World War II veterans, will be aired Saturday, May 29, at 8 p.m. on Maine TV Channel ABC7. This first prime-time special will include some of our local heroes, including Carmine Pecorelli, Elizabeth Lovett and Bert Skinner. I am honored to support this project with the ABC7 Team to connect them with our World War II veterans to share …

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    September 10, 2020

    Wreaths Across America calls for waving flags on 9/11

    On Friday, Sept. 11, Wreaths Across America calls for every American to stand outside and wave a flag for one minute at 8:46 a.m. and then again at 9:03 a.m. Following the events of 9/11, three patriotic women (Elaine Greene, Joann Miller and Carmen Foote) were moved to find an old American flag they had stored at home and stand on a hill in Freeport, waving that flag to honor victims. These women became nationall…

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    July 2, 2020

    Veterans mark milestone birthdays as United States turns 244

    As we approach the Fourth of July, locally we have been celebrating milestone birthdays of some of our Greatest Generation (World War II) veterans. Glenn Hills marked his 101st birthday June 17. He is a World War II, Korea and Vietnam veteran who served in the U.S. Army, Maine Air/Army National Guard, and retired as a master sergeant. As a resident of Harbor Hill Nursing Care Center, Glenn was not able to have …

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    November 8, 2019

    Community Veterans Day service Nov. 10

    Please join me Sunday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m. for our annual Veterans Day service at Faith Temple Church, 189 Lincolnville Ave., Belfast. We will open our service with the presentation of our national colors led by the Belfast Veterans of Foreign Wars color guard, Pledge of Allegiance and our national anthem performed by Army veteran Holly Parker, service medley songs, and more. In addition, all veterans will …

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    July 30, 2019

    Lobster Festival wants vets as parade grand marshals

    All veterans are invited to participate in the Maine Lobster Festival parade as its grand marshals Saturday, Aug. 3, in Rockland. Parking is available in the Hannaford parking lot, 75 Maverick St., and at Winslow-Holbrook-Merritt American Legion Post 1, 335 Limerock St. The Hannaford lot is closest to Frederick Street, where veterans will assemble at 8 a.m.; transportation to Frederick Street will be provided for …

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    May 6, 2019

    National Military Appreciation Month

    Celebrated every May, National Military Appreciation Month is a declaration that encourages U.S. citizens to observe the month in a symbol of unity. We honor the current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the pursuit of freedom. Thank you to all who are currently serving and those who have served for your service to our country. Women Veterans Open …

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    March 27, 2019

    Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Day March 29

    President Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act on March 28, 2017, to recognize and thank our Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice during one of the longest wars in our country’s history. This act designates every March 29th as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. It is a time for all Americans to come together to remember and honor the service and sacrifice of our …

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    March 13, 2019

    First woman to lead U.S. troops in battle

    As we commemorate Women’s History Month, let’s remember Capt. Linda L. Bray, who became the first woman to lead U.S. troops in battle during the invasion of Panama in 1989. Bray commanded the 988th Military Police Company out of Ft. Benning, Georgia, and ordered her assault team to fire on soldiers of the Panamanian Defense Forces (PDF) who refused to surrender their positions at a dog kennel. She anticipated a …

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    March 6, 2019

    Women’s History Month: Remembering Deborah Sampson

    In April 1781, Deborah Sampson enlisted in the 4th Massachusetts Regiment of Foot as Pvt. Robert Shurtleff. During her service, she witnessed Lord Cornwallis’ capture at Yorktown, was wounded at Tarrytown, skirmished with Tory loyalists, dug trenches, helped storm a British redoubt, endured cannon fire, and fought the Iroquois League in New York. When she was shot in the thigh during an ambush, she treated the …

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