American Legion honors Rockland Marine

By Daniel Dunkle | Aug 21, 2013
Photo by: Daniel Dunkle Leroy Peasley, 90, of Rockland is proud to wear the same Marine uniform he wore when he served at Camp David in World War II. He salutes during an American Legion ceremony at his home.

Rockland — Members of Winslow-Holbrook-Merritt American Legion Post 1 awarded a U.S. flag to Marine Leroy Peasley of Rockland Aug. 20 at his home.

Peasley, 90, served in World War II, including time at Shangri-La, Iwo Jima and Guam. After the war, he worked as a teacher.

His American Legion friends put up a new flagpole at his house and held a ceremony to honor him. Peasley said he was wearing the same Marine uniform he wore 70 years earlier guarding President Franklin D. Roosevelt at what would become Camp David.

"I'm so proud of you," he said to his gathered family, friends and the American Legion Members. "I'll tell ya, you're the greatest. I take my hat off to you."

Charles Johnson of Owls Head opened the ceremony with a prayer. Jon Burns of Warren and Bill Lawry of Rockland raised the flag. Harry Grant of Rockport sang the National Anthem.

Burns said Peasley is honored as a flagman because for a long time he set up flags in Rockland for events such as Labor Day or Memorial Day, getting up at 4 a.m. to do the work and coming back at 4 p.m. to collect the flags.

Comments (3)
Posted by: George Holmes | Aug 22, 2013 09:59

Congratulations Roy... your flag days contribution certainly uplifted Main St. and was a tribute to our troops past and present. Thanks for your efforts!!



Posted by: Ron Marr | Aug 21, 2013 19:55

A great article ! To be correct in telling it, a few facts need to be added. It was "The Sons of the American Legion Squadron#1" who procured the flag pole, donated by Veteran Legion Member, Charlie Lawry who upon learning Mr. Peasley's own was in such disrepair, they could not fix it..Sherm Davis, SAL Member welded all the pieces together, then along with Jon Burns and Ron Marr, dug a new hole and mixed the cement to have it stand fast. The SAL, then purchased a brand new American Flag for him as well. It should also be noted that Harry Grant a Veteran himself, sang beautifully, God Bless America.Truly, a moving ceremony for such a wonderful man. Our hats are off to you Roy ! Well done Sir!



Posted by: Darryl S Leavitt | Aug 21, 2013 19:44

To Roy THANK YOU for your service To all involved with this gathering THANK YOU  All gave some   Darryl Leavitt  Post 1 Commander



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Daniel Dunkle is editor of The Courier-Gazette and news director for Courier Publications. He lives in Rockland with his wife, Christine, who also works for Courier Publications, and two children.

Dunkle has previously served as editor of The Republican Journal in Belfast. He has worked as a reporter and photographer in the Midcoast for 15 years.

 

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