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Rockland veterans mark 100th anniversary of end of World War I

By Stephen Betts | Nov 11, 2018
Photo by: Stephen Betts American Legion Post member Gary Gamage salutes during the playing of "Taps" during a Veterans Day ceremony Sunday, Nov. 11, at Winslow-Holbrook Square in Rockland.

Rockland — A bell tolled Sunday morning, Nov. 11, as the names of each of the 12 Rockland men who made the ultimate sacrifice in the "war to end all wars" were read.

The Winslow-Holbrook-Merritt American Legion Post 1 in Rockland held a Veterans Day ceremony to remember those who died in World War I. Sunday was the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the war.

American Legion member Russell Wolfertz Jr. pointed out the origin of the post dates back to the end of World War I, when the United States recognized the service of returning veterans.

The post was originally named the Winslow-Holbrook Post to honor two young men from Rockland who died in Europe -- Private Arthur E, Winslow, and Second Lt. Albert D. Holbrook.

Four members of the American Legion color guard each fired three times in a salute to the fallen soldiers from Rockland. Wolfertz read their names and his grandson, Josh Wolfertz, a Boy Scout, rang a bell each time a name was read.

Legion member Gary Gamage laid a wreath at the memorial for Winslow and Holbrook in the park at the intersection of Main Street and Park Drive.

In addition to Winslow and Holbrook, the Rockland men who died in World War I were: Apprentice Seaman William Knowlton, Chief Quartermaster Cecil Westcott, infantry member Raffalle Bolea, infantry member Lee Pettengill, battery member Herbert Reed, Pvt. Arthur Smith, infantry member Roland Leland, infantry member Henry Hill, Pvt. Clarence Huntley and Henry C. Borgerson.

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Comments (2)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Nov 11, 2018 13:51

Also in remembrance of WW2 fallen patriots, George "Sonny" Wood first cousin to me killed at Iwo Jima age 18 yrs. I was 8 years old when told this. I am sure there are many like me who remember and honor our fallen family. God Bless to all who returned and are still able to remember.

Posted by: Jeanne Luetjen | Nov 11, 2018 12:33

My grandfather, the father of 2Lt Albert Holbrook ,said that the one thing he hoped for after his son's death was that the memory of his son's sacrifice not be forgotten.  I think that may be said of all families ......I was honored to be there this morning when the sacrifices of all the WWI veterans were remembered, even after 100 years.  Many thanks to the Winslow Holbrook Merritt American Legion Post #1.


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