Boots on the Ground honors veterans, active military personnel

By Jennifer Allenwood | May 27, 2014
Photo by: Jennifer Allenwood Retired Capt. Brian D. Perkins gives the keynote address during the Boots on the Ground ceremony May 24.

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.

A dress parade begins the Boots on the Ground ceremony. (Photo by: Jennifer Allenwood)
Retired Lt. Colonel Jerry Bearce reads "My Name is Old Glory." (Photo by: Jennifer Allenwood)
The wreath that was laid in observance of Memorial Day. (Photo by: Jennifer Allenwood)
The Midcoast Community Band plays "God Bless America." (Photo by: Jennifer Allenwood)
Comments (1)
Posted by: Sonja Sleeper | May 27, 2014 16:02

This was the first time I attended this event.  It was very well done, the band was great and the speeches better.  Ran into friends and acquaintances to make it a good day topped off by a strawberry shortcake for desert.

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