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Communities, schools celebrate veterans

Events take place Nov. 8 through 11
Nov 07, 2019
Photo by: Susan Mustapich Many community and school events celebrate Veterans Day this year throughout our towns.

Nov. 8 Veterans Day assemblies

THOMASTON -- Oceanside Middle School will hold its traditional Veterans Day assembly. All veterans are welcome and encouraged to attend. Breakfast will be served starting at 7:15 a.m. in the library. The assembly begins at 8 a.m. in the gymnasium. The school is located at 47 Valley Street.

APPLETON -- Appleton Village School Veterans Day Celebration, 9:15 a.m. Veterans and student discussions with lunch to follow. 737 Union Rd.

WALDOBORO -- Medomak Valley Middle School holds its Veterans Day assembly 12:30 to 2 p.m. 318 Manktown Rd.

CAMDEN -- Camden-Rockport Middle School, Veterans Day Assembly, 2 p.m. Arrive for seating between 1:40 to 1:55 p.m. American Legion Color Guard and speakers. Music by school band and chorus. Students read "Thank you" cards. 34 Knowlton St., Camden.

Nov. 9 Veterans suppers

CAMDEN -- Free beef stew and biscuit dinner for veterans. Guests by donation. Post 30 War Memorial American Legion, downstairs dining area. 91 Pearl St.

WARREN -- All veterans of Warren are invited to a meatloaf dinner at the Masonic Hall located on Route 90, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The dinner is free to veterans (a donation would be accepted by all other participants). This event is presented by the Warren Historical Society. RSVP or for more information, call Jan MacDonald 273-3154.

Nov. 10

Pancake breakfast

CAMDEN -- Pancake breakfast, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., Veterans eat for free, others $8. Post 30 War Memorial American Legion, downstairs dining area. 91 Pearl St.

Veterans dinner

ROCKLAND -- American Legion Post 1 Auxiliary hosts a dinner from noon to 2 p.m.. Free for veterans; guests pay $10 for admission. 335 Limerick Street,

Nov. 11

Veterans Day breakfast

ROCKPORT -- 7:30 to 9 a.m. Veterans Day Breakfast, Wave Cafe, Camden Hills Regional High School, 25 Keelson Drive.

The National Honor Society of CHRHS serves American veterans and their families at the seventh annual breakfast, free for all attendees. Music and speakers are featured.

100th Anniversary of Armistice Day/Veterans Day celebration

THOMASTON -- 11 a.m. Williams-Braxier Post 37 Legionnaires and Auxiliary members invites the public, all veterans and their families to celebrate with patriotic music, laying of memorial wreaths, speakers, refreshments and more. 37 Watts Lane.

Silent Vigil, Village Green Honor Roll

CAMDEN -- 11:45 to noon. American Legion Color Guard. All veterans welcome.

Salute to Veterans

CAMDEN -- 2 to 4 p.m. Music, speakers and food, Post 30 American Legion, 91 Pearl St.


OWLS HEAD -- Veterans Appreciation Supper at the Owls Head Community Center, from 5 to 7 p.m. Veterans and their families eat for free, public welcome for small fee. There will be music, presentations, door prizes for veterans. The net proceeds will go to a  veteran charity. Food includes baked beans, mac 'n cheese, smoked ham, biscuits, cole slaw, veggies and a variety of desserts. 224 Ash Point Drive.

Community film

CAMDEN -- Community Thank You Film series, Camden Opera House, 7 p.m. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Free screening of Peter Jackson's "They Shall Not Grow Old," a documentary that features colorized and sound-enhanced images from World War I. Donations are welcome. FMI: visit

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Christine H Curtis | Nov 09, 2019 19:45

Monday,  we celebrate Veterans Day 2019. For the past 100 years on this day, citizens of the United States have recognized this day as a sacred day for remembering the heroism of those who have honorably served our country.  “Veterans Day,  formally known as Armistice Day , was originally set as a United States legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In legislation passed in 1938, November 11th was dedicated to the cause of word peace and hereafter celebrated as Armistice Day to honor World War 1 veterans”.  “In 1954, after the United States having been through both World War  II and the Korean War, the 1938  legislation was amended striking the word Armistice and inserting Veterans.” On June 1, 1954 November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Currently there are about 1.3 million men and women on active duty, many who serve our country in some of the most hostile areas of the globe. There are nearly 1.1 million in the reserves who are committed to serve in active duty when called upon. The freedom,  security  and comfort we receive from these patriots exemplifies “service above self” . The sacrifices and service made by our veterans , active duty military , and reserve members we owe a great debt.

The United States Merchant Marine is a vital component for both Military and Commercial transportation during war and peace. United States  Merchant Mariners  also honorably serve the national security of our nation, marine transportation, and economic needs of the United States as licensed Merchant Marine Officers, and Unlicensed Mariners. .  The United States Merchant Marine which was established in 1775 is truly an important part of the American maritime industry , and I would like to take this opportunity to  thank you all for your service as well.

I encourage you to take a few minutes to thank a veteran  or service member for their service on Veterans Day , and every day.

Captain Erv Curtis


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