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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 2015

SUN MON TUES WED THUR FRI SAT
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Postponed  Postponed  Postponed  MOH Sgt. William Shemin, Army Harold Wilson William McGonagle PFC Edward J. Downey Jr. USMC
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PO1 Gary Rovinski, Navy Kenneth A. Walsh, Marines James E. Williams, Navy Col. Lloyd L. Burke, Army Alfred "Al Morin, Army MG James Day, Marines Rene Plouffe, Army
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Sgt. John L. Levitow, Air Force Andrew P. Dulan, Air Force Postponed Sgt John L. Levitow, Air Force M SGT James W. Pondor III, Army ET-1 Jeffrey A Lucas, Navy Seal Sgt. Joshua Melton, ANG
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Billie Slaton LCpl Jared C. Verbeek, Marines PO2 James E. Suh, Navy Seals CPT. Christopher Cash, Army Col. Carl L Sitter, Marines PO2 Matthew "Ase" Aexlson, Navy Seal Spc. Michael J. Potocki, Army
28 29 30        
Postponed CW4 Chris Shcerkenback, Army Sgt. Terry J. Lynch, Army        

Veterans Being Honored in July of 2015

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      Charles Kuhn, Navy William E Barber, Marines 20th Maine Infantry William E Gough & Norman E Cassavant, Army
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CW3 Scott Oswell, Army PFC Donald C. Pulsifer, Army Jack & Red Tupper, Leonard Stevens Postponed Vietnam Veterans Spc. Joshua R. Farris, Army MOH Mary E Walker
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Glen A Doherty, Seal Sgt. Kip A Jacoby, Army Sgt. Al"Kaila T. Floyd, Army Spc. Christopher Kube, Army LCPL. Machael J. Williams, Marines LCPL Janos V Lutz, Marines 4 Marine soldiers slain in TN.
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PO Randall Smith, Navy SSG Daniel Rodriguez, Army LCPL Brandon T. Lara, Marines LCPL Emilain D. Sanchez, Marines Mary "Scotyy" Mercier, WAC Postponed Sgt/ Stefan M. Smith, Army
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SGT. Thomas Sullivan, Marines SGT. Corbett B. Anderson, Air Force EMS2 Edward A Koth, Navy CPL Derek A. Wyatt, Marines      

Veterans Being Honored in August of 2015

SUN MON TUES WED THUR FRI SAT
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      Joseph Del Pozzo, USAF      
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Veterans Being Honored in September of 2015

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