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Honoring our veterans & their families

Nov 08, 2017

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans — living or dead — who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.

November is also recognized as Military Family Appreciation Month. President Donald Trump signed the proclamation Nov. 1, expanding upon the traditional Nov. 11 Veterans Day recognition. The proclamation urges Americans across the country to set aside the entire month of November 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."

Veterans Day Parade

Please join our Belfast veteran organizations, the Randall Collins VFW Post 3108 and the Frank D. Hazeltine American Legion Post 43, as they lead our annual Veterans Day Parade Saturday, Nov. 11. The parade leaves Belfast Area High School at 11 a.m. sharp and will travel down Waldo Avenue, turning down Main Street and concluding at the waterfront with a rifle salute and T.A.P.S.

In addition, this year’s parade will include members of the Maine State House, who will recognize Belfast resident World War II veteran Carmine A. Pecorelli, who was recently honored as Alumnus of the Year for The Citadel Military College in South Carolina.  Please come out and bring your family and friends to watch the parade to honor our veterans.

Special recognition service

Please join me Sunday, Nov. 12, at 10 a.m. as we honor and recognize our veterans and families in a special service at Faith Temple Church, 189 Lincolnville Ave., Belfast (near Troy Howard Middle School). Coffee and doughnuts will be available starting at 9:30 a.m.  The service will include a military color guard, the national anthem and other patriotic songs, certificates of appreciation for each veteran, and more.

Marines’ birthday

Nov. 10 marks 242 years of warfighting excellence for the U.S. Marine Corps!  Happy birthday to all of our Marines serving around the world protecting our freedoms and to all those who have served our country.

Joy Asuncion is an 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 her at or 930-5640.

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