VETERANS, MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS DEDICATE MARKER TO HONOR MAINE SOLDIER LAUDED BY BRITAIN
A Washington county native who earned Great Britain's highest military award for his military heroism in WW1 was again honored in a ceremony rededicating his grave marker. . William Metcalf was born in a log cabin in Waite Township at the end of January 1894. On August 4, 1914 the 20 year old American tried to enlist in the Canadian armed Forces but was thrown out twice because enlistees had to be either 21 or 18 with their parents' consent. On his third attempt, he lied about his age. Metcalf became a member of the 12th Canadian battalion and sailed for Europe.
He was a 23 year old lance corporal with the 16th Highland Battalion in Arras, France, on September 2, 1918—the day his actions earned him the Victoria Cross (which is the equivalent of out Congressional Medal of Honor). He won three awards and was wounded several times, but he still stayed in the war from beginning to send. Metcalf was recovering from his injuries when he was escorted to the royals' residence of Sandringham, where on February 11, 1919 he received the Victoria Cross from a n admiring King George V.
On October 14 in Eastport Military officials and veterans from both side of the international border ' were a part of the ceremony. Lt. Col (retired) Robert Dallison of Fredericton and Victor voisine of Eastport, commander of American Legion Post were the Master of Ceremonies. Fredericton-Silverwood MLA Brian Macdonald represented the New Brunswick government and City Manager Jon Southern represented Eastport.
The program started out with the March of American and Canadian Color Parties. Bagpiper played the regimental March of The Canadian Scottish: Blue Bonnets Over the Border.
National anthems: Star Spangled Banner and O' Canada;
Bob Dallison, did the opening address and the explanation of the Hunting Stuart Tartan. Due to weather we were inside, so the tartan was not covering the grave marker.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police presented Stan Metcalf, son of William Metcalf the tartan;,
- Volley Fire
- Last Post,
- Bagpiper played the Canadian Scottish Regimental Lament: Flowers of the Forest.. ,
- Two minute silence,
Prayers by Padre Saint Croix Branch #9, the royal Canadian Legion and Chaplain, Canadian Armed Forces.
Laying of Memorial Wreaths:
- USA-- Veterans of foreign Wars
- Canada-- Royal Canadian Legion
- The Canadian Scottish (Princess Mary's) The Canadian Scottish Regimental Association
The Poppy: Internationally recognized symbol of Remembrance”
Laying of poppies on Cpl Metcalf's grave.