Community Veterans Day service Nov. 10

By Joy Lewis Asuncion | Nov 08, 2019

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 receive a Certificate of Appreciation.

Please share this event and invite veterans to give us the honor of recognizing their service and sacrifice and the opportunity to personally thank them for defending our freedoms. In addition, we want to thank all the families and friends of our veterans for their support of them.

If you have any questions, please call Joy Lewis Asuncion at 930-5640.

National Veterans and Families Month

President Donald J. Trump has proclaimed November National Veterans and Military Families Month.

“The soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen who fight to defend our liberty embody courage, patriotism, and loyalty,” his proclamation reads. “These patriots safeguard the values that keep our great nation strong. During National Veterans and Military Families Month, we honor and express our deep appreciation for these brave men and women and their families.”

His proclamation notes recent programs for military families that support access to quality childcare and spousal employment and promote occupational licensure reciprocity between states, as well as the VA MISSION Act of 2018, which helps provide veterans access health care outside the VA; creation of a cabinet-level task force to address veteran suicide; $201.1 billion in funding secured last year for the Department of Veterans Affairs, including $8.6 billion to support mental health services for veterans; and the Department of Education’s discharge of some types of federal student loans owed by totally and permanently disabled veterans.

“Each warrior who fights for our nation, along with their families, has earned our eternal gratitude, and I ask that all Americans thank and support them,” the president said in his proclamation. …

“I encourage all communities, all sectors of society, and all Americans to acknowledge and honor the service, sacrifices, and contributions of veterans and military families for what they have done and for what they do every day to support our great nation.”

Happy birthday, U.S. Marine Corps

The United States Marine Corps' birthday is celebrated every year on Nov. 10 with a traditional ball and cake-cutting ceremony. On that day in 1775, the Continental Marines were established.

Joy Asuncion is a retired U.S. Navy veteran, an Honor Flight Maine board member, a Maine troop greeter and the Maine state ambassador for the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Washington, D.C. You can reach Joy at 930-5640 or

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