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Veterans honored at Rockland visits

By Stephen Betts | Jan 09, 2019
Photo by: Stephen Betts Col. Peter Ogden presents a coin and certificate to Egdar Post at the Rockland American Legion Hall Jan. 8.

Rockland — Six veterans were honored for their service to the United States during a pair of ceremonies held Tuesday, Jan. 8, in Rockland.

Col. Peter Ogden, the retired director of veterans services for Maine, presented commemorative coins and certificates to veterans or family members during his stops in Rockland.

At the Knox Center, Ogden presented a coin and certificate to Oliver Curtis, who served in the Coast Guard during the Korean War. And Todd Butler was presented a coin and certificate on behalf of his father, 90-year-old Alfred Butler, who served in the Army during World War II.

Tuesday evening, Ogden attended a ceremony at the American Legion in Rockland. At the gathering, he made a presentation to Edith Dondis of Rockland, who served in World War II. He also presented a coin and certificate to Grace Glover for her service during World War II. And Ogden also presented a coin and certificate to Edgar Post for his service during World War II. A coin and certificate were also presented to Elizabeth Murgita-Wolfertz on behalf of her late husband, Russell Wolfertz Sr., for his service to the country in the Coast Guard during World War II.

Ogden said the program of presenting coins and certificates to veterans began in 2006 under Gov. John Baldacci as a way to show the state's appreciation for their service.


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Comments (1)
Posted by: Walter Guptill | Jan 20, 2019 13:21

I think that this is such a wonderful thing to honor our veterans in this way!  I am however wondering, if those honored have to be a member fo the Amerian Legion Post in Rockland to receive the certificate and coin?  My Dad, deceased in 2016, WWII,  whose battalion was attached to the 38th Infantry, "Avenger of Bataan", and my Uncle Donald Bergren, WWII Pearl Harbor Survivor, who is 96 and still living in Owls Head never received this wonderful recognition.   Who would I contact to follow up on this?  Thank you.

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