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Honor Flight benefit, networking conference, Lobster Fest performance

Jul 29, 2017

Red Barn Honor Flight Maine fundraiser

For the second year in a row, The Red Barn restaurant will host one of Honor Flight Maine’s most important fundraisers to help raise money to continue the mission of Honor Flight Maine. The event will be Monday, July 31, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Red Barn, 455 Riverside Drive, Augusta.

During this event you will experience Laura Benedict’s great food (by donation only) and hospitality, with wonderful free entertainment from some of the best talent from across the state, and meet many of our Honor Flight Maine WW II alumni who love being ambassadors for Honor Flight Maine!

The next Maine Honor Flight trip is Oct. 27-29. If you know any WW II veterans, please have them and/or family members or care providers contact me directly. For additional information on Honor Flight Maine, please visit

Maine Military & Community Network conference

On July 20 I participated in the seventh annual conference at Augusta Civic Center. The conference brings veterans, military families and support services together. Over 300 people attended this conference and throughout the day had the opportunity to listen to keynote speakers, Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, who currently serves as director for the Defense Health Agency, and Dr. John Wesley Fisher, a Vietnam combat veteran who has been researching and practicing natural methods for post-war reconciliation.

In addition, attendees could participate in several break-out sessions, including Veterans and Family Legal Issues, Military Sexual Trauma, Moral Injury, a Family Panel: Coping with Deployment, and The Power of Connections: Women Veterans Making a Difference — I had the honor of moderating this panel.

There was also a resource fair with 60 exhibitors sharing information about services and support programs. I represented the Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation.

For more information on the Maine Military & Community Network, please visit

World War II veteran to perform at Lobster Festival

For those of us who have met WW II U.S. Marine Corps veteran Leroy Peasley, we know how much he loves to write special songs and sing them. Leroy will be singing a song he wrote in dedication to Rockland's Lobster Festival Wednesday, Aug. 2, at 7:45 p.m., prior to the crowning of the 2017 Maine Sea Goddess.

I met Leroy during an Honor Flight Maine trip and will never forget the moment he got to visit one of his National War Memorials the Iwo Jima Marine Corps Memorial. He made a sign — “Leroy Was Here” and had his picture taken with it in front of the memorial. You won’t want to miss seeing Leroy perform Aug. 2!

Navy veteran Joy Asuncion is a Honor Flight Maine board member, a Maine Troop Greeter and Maine State Ambassador for the Women in Military Service For America Memorial. You can reach Joy at or 207-930-5640.

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