American Legion honors Rockland Marine
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.
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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 since 1998.