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American Legion Post 30 to lay wreaths in Camden, Rockport and Lincolnville; no parades this year

Local legion will remember, honor, salute those fallen, May 25

May 15, 2020
Photo by: Susan Mustapich Memorial Day, May 25, 2020, will be marked with services at memorials in Camden, Rockport and Lincolnville, without parades, due to limits on the size of gatherings.

Members of American Legion Post 30 will place wreaths at memorials in Camden, Rockport and Lincolnville to remember military and civilian heroes, this Memorial Day, Monday, May 25.

Memorial Day parades in the three towns will not be held, due to the current State Executive Order limit on the size of public gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year, Post 30 will honor those who fell in battle and also pause to remember those who have sacrificed their lives while serving others, said Jeff Sukeforth, War Memorial Post 30 Adjutant.

"Legion members will abide by all distancing and covering rules, but we will not forego the remembrance of our brothers and sisters who lie at the bottom of oceans, or remain in foreign lands unaccounted for or those who are in our cemeteries," Sukeforth said.

We will always remember, we will always continue to serve and we will provide our heroes in our communities with our prayers, rifle salutes and playing of taps, he said. May God bless them and may God bless you for remembering them today."

Memorials include the huge boulder and plaque honoring Navy Quartermaster William Conway, born in Camden in 1808. He joined the Navy in 1847, and rose through the ranks to Quartermaster. In January 1861, he was stationed at the Navy Yard in Pensacola, Fla. when many men and officers surrendered to the Confederates. Conway was ordered to lower the American flag, and famously replied, “I have served under that flag for forty years, and I won’t do it.” He was arrested and put in irons, then sent north to Brooklyn, N.Y., where he remained until his death. In August 1906, the town of Camden, state and U.S. Navy honored Conway with the memorial that remains at the intersection of Elm and Union streets, next to one of the old school buildings.

This Memorial Day, the National American Legion is reflecting on the common threads between America's fallen veterans and those helping to save others, while risking their own lives, during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a statement shared with members.

The gallant and untiring performances of all the workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, bring to mind the military medics, doctors and nurses and myriad others who put their lives on the line while treating others on the battlefield, the statement. Today, the maintenance, dining and facility workers in health care facilities, also have much in common with military heroes in every occupational field — the truck drivers, cooks and administrative clerks who served at great risk to their own lives.

For information on the American Legion and War Memorial Post 30, which always welcomes new members, call Jeff Sukeforth at 236-3310.

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Comments (2)
Posted by: James Clinton Leach | May 16, 2020 02:12

Thank you Post 30 .

Posted by: Jeff Sukeforth | May 15, 2020 11:12

War Memorial Post 30 wants everyone to know that they will continue to serve their communities and the Veterans in them past and present.  We will be out on Memorial Day with our masks on remembering our Brothers and Sisters who have fallen and marched into Post Everlasting.  Please take a moment on Memorial Day to remember all our Veterans who have gone on before us.

Post 30 also wants you to let us know is you have a Veteran interred in Camden who may not have received a Legion marker and flag.  Call Jeff Sukeforth, 236-3310, and the Post will correct the error.

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