Scouts, speakers, community gather to honor veterans

Oct 07, 2019
Courtesy of: Thomaston Historical Society Veterans receive their personalized quilts of valor at the Salute to Veterans Sept. 28.

Thomaston — The tents went up, the chairs were set out, and flags were everywhere flying high and low. Everything was in place. Then the veterans, family and friends started arriving; about 150 people attended the three-hour event at Thomaston’s American Legion Post 37  Saturday afternoon, Sept. 28.

Girl Scout Troop 1831, with leader Dawn Gauthier, included girls from Rockland and Washington, attended the event greeting people, seating veterans, helping with food and assisting with anything that had to be done.

As one of the Girl Scouts sang the national anthem surrounded by other members of her troop, the American Legion color guard from Thomaston and St George walked the flags through the crowd and posted the flags in front. The Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer were delivered and the event was started.

David Hassen, a veteran, spoke about veteran homelessness. Hassen had a detailed display set up in the Legion Hall. George Robinson Jr spoke on the 100th anniversary of the Williams-Brazier, American Legion Post 37. The “Toast to the Flag” was recited by Ron Gamage, “Here's to the whole of it. Stars, stripes and pole of it.”

House in the Woods, located in Lee, had a representative, Bob Delancey, on hand to explain the history and purpose of the organization, which is a military retreat offering outdoor programs to bring together small groups of military veterans.

The last speaker, JoAnn Bolduc, Central Maine district coordinator of Quilts of Valor, presented nine quilts to deserving veterans. The healing quilts are handmade by volunteers and personalized for each veteran.

The outdoor portion of the event ended with the American Legion color guard closing the ceremony by retiring the colors.Then everyone moved indoors to get away from an increasingly fierce wind and to eat the hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, beans and chips donated by area businesses.

The cross-organizational “Salute to Veterans” committee is chaired by Sandy Moore of the Thomaston Historical Society. Also included are the Orient # 15 Lodge of Masons represented by Ron Gamage, the Lady Knox Chapter of the DAR represented by Joanne Richards and American Legion Post 37 represented by Commander William Demmons.

Visit the Thomaston Historical Society Facebook page for additional pictures.

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