American Legion honors Betty Seeley

Four decades of providing services to veterans
By Fran Gonzalez | Oct 03, 2019
Photo by: Fran Gonzalez Betty Seeley and fiance Bryant Agnew arrive at the American Legion Post 43 Sept. 28, where an event honored Seeley for her years of service to veteran causes.

Belfast — The American Legion Post 43, American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion hosted a reception honoring Betty Seeley on Saturday for decades of championing veteran causes.

She was all smiles in a blue dress suit, at one point telling former Maine Senate President Michael Thibodeau, "I had to take two of my anxiety pills" because of all the commotion.

Seeley and her late husband George, a Korean War veteran, volunteered decades of service to Post 43 in Belfast. While George was Commander and Finance Officer, Seeley worked as Bar Chairman and head bartender — a job she’s done for over 20 years and still holds to this day. At 80, she continues to work at the Post for 30 to 40 hours a week.

According to the program, in 1980, Seeley served as Department of Maine American Legion Auxiliary chairman for the Poppy Committee and in the years following, served as chaplain, historian and vice president before being elected president of the Department of Maine American Legion Auxiliary in 1988.

The 1990s were just as busy for Seeley as she advocated for veterans throughout the state, particularly at Togus Hospital. Officials at Togus fondly recall her involvement and have words of praise for how she worked as patient representative chairperson for 10 years

In 1995 and 1996, Seeley received the distinguished Veterans Affairs Voluntary Services Award (VAVS) and in 1995, she received the honor award from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Seeley also has been a representative for Blind Camp of Maine (1990-1995) and in 1993 and 1996 received the Blind Camp Award. She was chairman at Camp Neofa for 10 years; and for 12 years, Seeley was a director on the Board of Special Olympics, another cause dear to her heart.

Waldo County Sen. Erin Herbig, D-Belfast, gave Seeley a certificate of appreciation from members of the Senate and House of Representatives for her 40 years of service to veterans.

"Because of your hard work, we live in a better community," Herbig said.

Thibodeau called Seeley "an unstoppable inspiration" while Carol Woodcock from U.S. Sen. Susan Collins' office gave Seeley a commemorative flag for "inspiring countless others to service."

Toby from Special Olympics, along with Rosemary Prescott, read a prepared statement which read, "...you are a shining example of what is good in this world."

After the reception hors d' oeuvres and cake were served from Bell the Cat and dancing was provided by DJs Harold and Jody Anderson.

American Legion Post 43 in Belfast is filled with people honoring Betty Seeley Sept. 28. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Three-war veteran Carmine Pecorelli, left, and WWII veteran Bert Skinner enter American Legion Post 93 to honor Betty Seeley for her many years of working with veterans. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Waldo County Sen. Erin Herbig, D-Belfast, gives Betty Seeley a certificate of appreciation from members of the Senate and House of Representatives for her 40 years of service to American veterans Sept. 28. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Members of American Legion Post 43 await the arrival of Betty Seeley Sept. 28 for a gala event honoring her service  to veterans. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Betty Seeley and fiance Bryant Agnew walk down the red carpet to the American Legion Post 43 Sept. 28, where an event honored Seeley for her many years of service to veterans. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
American Legion Post 43 members carry the colors Sept. 28 in festivities honoring volunteer Betty Seeley. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Belfast Police Travis Spencer on left, three-war veteran Carmine Pecorelli and Waldo County Sheriff Chief Deputy Jason Trundy at American Legion Post 43 Sept. 28. The event honored Betty Seeley for her years of service to veteran causes. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
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