Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal
When Lewiston-Auburn Veterans Council Chairman Paul Bernard heard that the naval air station in Brunswick was closing, he began to make phone calls, submit petitions and meet with several commanders of the base to inquire if they would be willing to donate a piece of naval equipment for the Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston. After being told yes, then no on several occasions, his dream was finally realized last Thursday when this 23,000 pound, 51mm gun was delivered to the park. The gun, from a WWI or WWII war ship, was formerly on the base next to the chapel. It is believed that it is from one of three ships: the USS Nevada, the USS Florida or the USS Olympia. The serial number has been painted over so many times that it will take some time to remove the paint to verify which vessel it came from. Presently, he is looking for volunteers to help restore the gun. To volunteer, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.