Boots on the Ground honors veterans, active military personnel
Thomaston — There was a large attendance at the third annual Boots on the Ground at the Knox Museum May 24 in honor of Memorial Day.
The event, which took place on the grounds of Montpelier, began with a dress parade. A presentation of colors and singing of the National Anthem followed, as well as an opening prayer and an emotional reading of the poem "My Name is Old Glory" by Retired Lt. Colonel Jerry Bearce.
Retired Capt. Brian D. Perkins gave the keynote address, in which he further explained the meaning of "boots on the ground" and gave a brief history of first U.S. Secretary of War Henry Knox, whom the museum is dedicated to celebrating the life of, and educating about. The Knox Museum Montpelier mansion is a replica of Knox's home, which was razed in 1871.
Following the keynote address, the Midcoast Community Band performed, directed by Joanne Parker. Members of U.S. Coast Guard Port Security 301 laid down a wreath, and Rev. James Robbins closed in prayer.
After the ceremony, lunch was served by Tenants Harbor Masons and Knox Museum personnel.