Boots on the Ground 2017

Boots on the Ground features veteran of combat search and rescue

May 16, 2017
Maj. Mary Jennings (M.J.) Hegar

Thomaston — Knox Museum will mark its seventh annual Boots on the Ground Memorial Day weekend event with a presentation by Maj. Mary Jennings (M.J.) Hegar, U.S. Air Force veteran, Air National Guard pilot and author of “Shoot Like A Girl: One Woman’s Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front,” Saturday, May 27, at 11 a.m.

The program will be held under the big tent at Montpelier, the big white house at the Route 131 turn to St. George. The event is sponsored by Walmart Foundation; Camden National Bank; Beverly and David Worthington; and Brooks Trap Mill.

Hegar was named one of Foreign Policy Magazine's 100 Leading Global Thinkers and one of Newsweek's 125 Women of Impact. In “Shoot Like A Girl,” she shares her remarkable experience on the front lines both overseas and at home — from exchanging fire with the Taliban and saving her comrades in Afghanistan to fighting to open all combat positions to women in the military. Copies of “Shoot Like A Girl,” slated to be adapted for an Angelina Jolie-starring film, will be available for sale at the event, and will be signed by the author.

Music will be provided by Midcoast Community Band, directed by Joanne Parker. Fish chowder and strawberry shortcake will be provided by Jim Barstow and Tenants Harbor Masons, with hot dogs and hamburgers being served by USCG and U.S. Army vets. Free tours of Montpelier, including Knox Museum’s special 2017 exhibition “Maine Women in the Military: From the American Revolution to the Global War on Terror,” will be available between 1 and 3 p.m. And Bill Komulainen of Camden plans to display his authentically kitted-out 1943 World War II-era Jeep on the property, weather permitting.

The event will go on, rain or shine. Visitors are encouraged to carpool; to dress for changeable weather; and to bring lawn chairs, if possible. Some seating will be provided. Due to the historical nature of the building, Montpelier is not at present handicapped accessible. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Knox Museum participates in the National Endowment for the Arts Blue Star Museum program, offering free admission to Montpelier for veterans, active military and their immediate families from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Regular tour hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning May 30. The last tour departs 30 minutes prior to closing.

For more information, contact Knox Museum at 354-8062 or info@knoxmuseum.org; or visit knoxmuseum.org.

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