Gallant to speak at veterans’ home

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PARIS – Plans are under way for the annual Memorial Day service scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 28, at the Maine Veterans’ Home, 477 High St., South Paris.

“Memorial Day is one of our most treasured days to celebrate; we honor all soldiers on this day – those who lost their lives fighting for our country, those who are veterans and returned home, and our military forces who are currently serving on our homeland and overseas”said Joe Cooney, chairman of the Western Maine Veterans Activity Committee that co-sponsors events with the 90-bed health care facility.

“We have over 70 veterans living in our home here and we want to show them that we are proud and thankful for their service to our country,” said Ellie Newell, admissions coordinator.

The guest speaker will be Wilton Police Chief Wayne Gallant of Rumford. He has many years of dedicated service to his community, the state and the country. He served in the Army in Vietnam.

Gallant returned from Vietnam and joined the Rumford Police Department in 1980, eventually holding the rank of lieutenant/detective. In 2005, he resigned from the Rumford Police Department to accept the position of Wilton chief. He belongs to many civic organizations and is a member of veterans groups in Rumford and is a national certified DARE instructor.

The service will include a color guard, invocation, guest speakers and flag-raising. The public is invited. Refreshments will be served, and tours of the facility will be available. For more information, visit the Web at maineveteranshomes.org or call 743-6300.

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