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SABATTUS

VETERANS

MEMORIAL

PARK

PROJECT

 

 

© Lewiston Sun Journal

Staff Report

Lewiston-Auburn

Friday, January 11, 2013

 

SABATTUS - The space is official. Now the planning begins. Selectmen this week voted to set aside one-third of an acre on Green Street as the future home of the Sabattus Veterans Memorial Park Town Manager Andrew Gilmore said the site was once home to the Klondike Mill, which burned down, and had been used to pile snow. An environmental study of the mill property didn't identify any significant issues, he said. The town already has a nearby memorial started after World War I with the names of fallen soldiers. "Our Memorial Day Parade goes right by there," Gilmore said. "It's a perfect spot: high visibility, a block away from the current war memorial and really ties in nicely with the center of the village." The vote formally paved the way for fundraising, planning and designing.

 

Sabattus Veterans Memorial Park Committee (SVMPC)

Mission Statement

 

To establish a Sabattus Veterans Memorial Park with the intent to erect a new town Veterans Monument at the desired location near the current Sabattus Veterans Monument complex. The new Veterans Monument is to be erected to honor all Sabattus Maine veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces, past, present and future, and all veterans buried in cemeteries within the Town of Sabattus. It is also the committee's goal to collect and preserve archival records related to these individuals.

 

Support Veterans Park, Purchase a Brick for a Veteran

 

The Sabattus Veterans Memorial Park Committee in conjunction with Collette Monuments of Lewiston will be selling personalized granite bricks as part of the Veterans Park design as well as a major fundraiser for the project. Three sizes will be available for purchase at the following prices which include engraving.

 

$60 - 8"x4"x2" - 3 lines with 10

characters per line

 

$90 - 8"x8"x2"- 5 lines with 10

characters per line

 

$120 - 12"xI2"x2"- 6 lines with 15

characters per line

 

*The lettering on the bricks must adhere to the following rules:

 

1.    Will honor any past or present veteran with a local connection.

2.    Must be the veteran's name but not limited to the possibility of including the veteran's service rank, branch, war or peace time period, and service dates.

3.    Businesses, organizations, or companies are prohibited to donate a brick with their affiliated name or emblem. However, businesses, organizations, or companies are encouraged to donate a brick or multiple bricks that honors any past or present veteran with a local connection.

 

*Forms for ordering the granite bricks will be available at the Sabattus town office

 

SPECIAL OFFER TO SUPPORT THE PARK!

 

The Sabattus Veterans Memorial Park committee is pleased to announce a special offer from Stevens Hardware & Rental Store in Sabattus in support of this project.

 

"BUY ONE OF OUR SELECT FLAGS AND $5 OF THE PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO THE SABATTUS VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK PROJECT"

 

*Please contact the store for more information. Stevens Hardware & Rental 186 Sabattus Road Sabattus, Maine 04280 Tel. (207) 375-6253

 

On-going

SVMP

COMMITTEE

MEMBERS

 

Steven Caron

Chairman and Liaison to

Town Manager/Town Office

 

Andre’ Marquis

Secretary/Vice Chairman

 

Connie Castonguay

Financial Coordinator

 

Russell Stewart

Fund Raising Coordinator

 

Ray Asselin

Marketing Coordinator

 

Jim Rancourt

Project Coordinator

 

Ron Caron

Design Coordinator

 

Tom Winslow

Resources and Contribution

Coordinator

 

An Official Committee of

the Town of Sabattus

 

190 Middle Road

Sabattus, Maine

04280

 

Tel. (207) 375-4331

 

Fax (207) 375-4104

 

Gold Star Families Program

 

 

Blue Star Families Program

 

 

 

Blue Star Ceremony - 2013

Gold Star families have family members who died or was killed serving in the armed forces. This is signified on a service flag with a small gold star placed on top of a blue star.

 

Blue Star families have family members serving in the armed forces. This is symbolized on a service flag with a blue star.

 

Family Members

Family members authorized to display service flags include the spouse, parents, step-parents, adoptive parents, foster parents, children, step-children, adopted children, brothers, sisters, half-brothers and half-sisters.

 

Flag Display

Service flags can have five stars. Gold stars must be positioned above blue stars or at the top right of the flag. Service flags should be smaller than the U.S. flag and must face out the front window of a residence.

 

Organizations

Several related organizations including Blue Star Families, Blue Star Mothers of America, American Gold Star Mothers and Gold Star Wives of America.

As Needed

Commander

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Star Program

 

Download a Flyer

 

Download an Application

Boys and Girl State Program

Recruit candidates to attend Boys  and Girls State Program.  Students selected attend a “model government” event in Augusta.

Annual

June

Americanism Officer

Color Guard

 

Provides Color Guard at Legion events and parades as requested.

 

Between 4-6 Legionnaires

-      Color Guard Commander

-      American Flag Bearer

-      State Flag Bearer

-      Two Rifle Bearers

-      Legion Flag Bearer (Event Specific)

 

See Color Guard Commander to join! Volunteers Welcome!

As needed

Color Guard Commander

Event Volunteers

 

 

Provide staffing for various events held in the Legion Hall.

 

-      Bartenders (Need to be trained)

-      Breakfast Helpers

-       Event monitors

Various Dates

See Calendar

Post Commander

 

Flag Day

 

Flag Day at Legion Hall

 

Flag Day at RSU #4 – Carrie Ricker

 

Flag Etiquette Class

 at RSU #4 Carrie Ricker

 

Conducts and assists in flag day ceremonies at RSU #4 and the Sabattus Legion Hall.

 

-      Legion members attend events

-      Present flags to students

-      Demonstrate flag etiquette

-      Dignified disposal at Post

-      Formal Ceremony

-      Girl Scouts

-      Boy Scouts

-      Civic Leaders

-      Refreshments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteers arrive as requested.

June 14th

Flag Day

Americanism Officer

Honor Guard

(Rifle Team)

Provide firing salute at selected events and veteran’s funerals.

 

7 Member Team and Alternates

 

-      Fire 21 Gun Honors Salute – 7 Legionnaires, 3 shots

-      Provide spent cartridges to the family members

 

See Honor Guard Commander to join!  Volunteers Welcome

As needed

Color Guard Commander

Legion Breakfast

Cook, clean and serve at the monthly fundraising breakfasts at the Legion Hall.

 

-      Cooks

-      Servers

-      Clean-up

 

(No breakfasts held during July and August)

 

Volunteers arrive at 0700 hours.

Sep – Jun

7:30 – 10:30 am

 

First Sunday of the Month!

 

Check Calendar for dates.

Post Commander

 

Auxiliary

 

Memorial Day Parade

 

 

Legion conducts the Memorial Day Parade for Sabattus

 

 

 

-      Marching Units - SPD, SFD, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Legion Riders.

-      School band and Chorus

-      Veterans are welcome to march!

-      Guest Speakers

 

Volunteers arrive at Legion Hall ½ hour prior to the event.

Annual

 

May

 

Memorial Day

Americanism Officer

Memorial Day Event

 

Posting Flags at

local Cemeteries

 

Pay It Forward

By Aimée N. Lanteigne

 

Celebrating Memorial Day and our veterans has grown into somewhat of a tradition at Oak Hill Middle School in Sabattus.  Every year on the Friday afternoon before Memorial Day, eighth grade students honor their loved ones who served in the military with a moving ceremony in the gym recognizing their contributions and sacrifices to our country.  In the morning, our entire middle school participates in Advisory Day where small groups of students and their advisors do something fun together for the whole morning that is also considered a form of community service.

 

This year, seventh and eighth grade social studies teachers, Aimée Lanteigne and Darryl Ellis, combined their advisory groups and took them to the Plains Cemetery in Litchfield and the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Sabattus to place flags on the graves of veterans.  Before heading out to the cemeteries, we took our twenty students to Rt. 197 Diner in Litchfield for breakfast.  Service was prompt and the food was yummy and filling.  When the waitress brought us the bill, all the kids’ orders were combined together and a grand total of $159.61 had to somehow be divided amongst the 22 of us based on what we each ordered.  As Darryl and I were trying to figure out how to best tackle that, another customer came over to our table and grabbed the check out of my hand. “I got that,” he said.  “What?  Are you even serious?”  I asked jokingly.  “Yeah, I’m serious.  I’ve got it.”  After Darryl and I exchanged dumbfounded looks with one another, we shook our head in disbelief.  “Unbelievable,” Darryl said quietly.

 

Turns out this customer was Larry Gowell, a lifelong resident of Litchfield who went to Litchfield Schools and graduated from Monmouth Academy. Darryl actually had Larry as a student in the 70's. He is a former Deputy Chief in the Litchfield Fire Department. Larry is a co-head bus driver for RSU #4, and he owns and operates G & G Cash Fuel and G & G Bottled Gas. Larry and his wife, Lisa, had a son, Larry Jr. who was wounded in Iraq and died here at home from blood clots associated with his combat wounds.  Lisa and Larry and their daughter, Amanda, sat in a booth next to the window that morning, and after Larry grabbed the check from us, Lisa explained that they had a son buried in the Plains Cemetery and they were so thankful that we were remembering the veterans by placing flags on their graves.  Darryl stood up and announced to the entire restaurant what had just transpired and everyone erupted into applause.  All the kids went and shook Larry’s hand before heading back out to the bus.  What a way to start the day.

 

Rallied by Norman Bernier and Ron Caron, members of the American Legion William R. Bold Post No. 4 in Litchfield and American Legion Post No.135 in Sabattus met us at the cemeteries and went over how to carefully and respectfully remove tattered flags, readjust the place holders, insert the new flags, and salute at the foot of the grave while verbally expressing our thanks for the service of those buried below us.  The Legionnaires presence added a vivid and tangible reminder of just exactly whom we were honoring, our communities’ fallen heroes now slumbering in their eternal resting place.  The veterans who showed up at the cemeteries to help the students all commented on what a terrific job they did and everyone involved, Legionnaires, teachers, and students alike, all hope to continue this wonderful tradition year after year.  As Larry Gowell so generously showed, this is our way of paying it forward.

 

Annual

 

May

 

Memorial Day

Americanism Office

Oratorical Program

 

Recruit candidates for the Oratorical Program.

 

The Oratorical Contest presents participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation's laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship.

 

Congratulations to Miss Victoria Schalk, Sabattus

2013 State Oratorical Winner

(2nd from Left)

Representing Post 135, and Maine District 3

at the National Oratorical Competition in Indianapolis, Indiana.

 

Participants for 2013 – 2014

Being Accepted Now!

 

Click here to apply!

 

As Announced

Americanism Officer

Scholarships

 

 

Clyde Therriault Scholarship – Two Awarded

Annual

April - June

Adjutant

School Award Medal Program

 

Informational Brochure

Those who receive a medal must exemplify six qualities that define character: courage, honor, leadership, patriotism, scholarship and service.

 

 

Annual

June

Adjutant

Annual Card Party

 

 

The post Auxiliary holds an annual card party at the post, all members are invited to attend and participate.

Annual

October

Joan Caron

Auxiliary

Annual Turkey Raffle

 

Raffle Tickets are sold each year for prizes of Turkeys and gift cards.

 

Just before Thanksgiving the post holds an event at the post where you can buy tickets for several rounds of turkey drawings, the tickets are only $1.

 

 

 

Annual

November

Don Label

Annual Craft Fair

The Auxiliary hosts a crafts fair just before Christmas!

Annual

December

Auxiliary

Darts League Play

Test your competitive skills as a member of the Dart League!  Call the post for more information

Monday

Nights

2nd Vice Commander

Cribbage Night

 

Players enjoy a Tuesday

At the Legion Hall

 

Come join us for a game of Cribbage and good company!  Call the post for more information.

Tuesday

Nights

6-8 pm

Historian

Post Sponsorships

 

Special Olympics

Seasonal

Auxiliary

Camp "Tall Pines"

Boy and Girl Scouting 

Sabattus Recreation

Children’s Christmas Party - December

Child Welfare Foundation

Togus Gift Shop - December

Maine Veterans Home

Troop Support – December

Thanksgiving  and Christmas Baskets – November/December