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Veteranís Memorial Park

 Flag Raising Ceremony

To Honor Our Veterans

Nightly Memorial Day through Labor Day

At 6:00pm

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

 

Special Ceremony
Dates
September 11
Honoring
First Responders
 
November 11th
Veteran's Day Ceremony
 
December 7th
Pearl Harbor Day Ceremony

 

During the winter months of 2010 and 2011, a group of people came up with an idea to honor veterans each night at Veteranís Memorial Park in Old Orchard Beach.  From Memorial Day to Labor Day, starting promptly at 6:00PM there will be a flag raising ceremony in honor of a deceased veteran.

 

Family or friends of the deceased veteran have requested a night for their loved one.  Not only do they request the night but they also help select the music and assist in planning the ceremony itself.  

 

The family of the honored veteran may bring their own flag to raise at the nightly service.  When most of us think of the American Flag, we know it with having 50 stars.   Some of these veteranís flags will only have 48 or 49 stars because they served our country so long ago.

 

Generally after the welcoming introduction, the flag is raised as a patriotic song is played.

 

After the flag is raised, a short biography is read about the veteran.  This could include their branch of service, military rank and awards received along with any other information the family would like to share.  Another song, possibly the hymn of the veteranís branch of service, will next be played. After the second song is completed, a prayer may be read if requested.

 

Lastly as TAPS is played, depending on whether the family has brought their own flag,  one of two things will occur in regards to the flag.  If the flag was brought by the family, it will be lowered, folded and returned to the family.  As it is being folded, the moderator will explain the meaning of each of the 13 folds to the flag.  If the family does not bring a flag, the park flag will be lowered to half-staff and then raised again.

Veterans Being Honored in May/June of 2014

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  History of Memorial Day  Robert E. Burton, Navy  Jerry W. Dobbins, USAF Joseph Comeau, Army Kenneth R. Brown, Army Dr. Fisk Hallidy, Navy
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John J. Murphy, Navy John W. Sholtis, USAF Arthur P. Adams, Army Richard H. Breiding Jr, Navy Henry Lee Boyce, Army Msgt John F. Baker Jr Maj. Stanlyey J. Rychlik, Army
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Chester Nez, Marines Candelario Garcia, Army Harry L. Boyce, Army Richard A. O'Connell, Navy SP4C Thomas McMahon, Army Postponed Rain Robert W. Biddar, Jr. Keeper of the List
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
Leonard M. Kravitz, Army Colonel Ola Lee Mize, Army 1sr Lt. Edward N. Whittier, Army Walter R. Ehlers , Army  John J McGinty III, Marines Cpl. Jason L. Dunham, Marines John D. Hawk, Army
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
Cpl. Thomas N. Doherty, Army TSgt. Vernon McGarity, Army Capt. Christopher S. Cash, Army Postponed FL ADM Ernest J King, Navy Senator Howard Baker, Jr., Navy Philip Coon, Army
29 30          
Frank Massarelli & Henry Masserelli, Army James L Stone, Army          

Veterans Being Honored in July of 2014

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    Sgt.  John  F Baker, Jr.  Army Postponed Postponed Postponed Michael Colalillo, Army
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Paul J. Wiedorfer, Army William R Charette, Navy Sen. Daniel Inouye, Army Niholas Oresko, Army David H. McNerney, Army Helen Marshall  
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Ann Mullens            
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FL ADM William D. Leahy, Navy Robert Lankenau, Army & Nicolas Phillips, Navy Reserved Rich Litwin   Richard E Trimble, Army John Gibbon, Jr. Mr. Stetson
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Veterans Being Honored in August of 2014

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Alphonse Montanro & Larry Ftizgerald, Army        
 
 

Veterans Being Honored in September of 2014

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