We must remember, and honor


John D. Reeder, Philip P. Gray, John G. Coolidge, Brian J. Daley, Leonard T. Daley, Thomas F. Daley, Dana C. Brown, Clifford R. Brown, Florian J. Latulippe, Berthold J. Ouellette, Gary J. Ouellette, Albanie J. Pelletier, Robert R. Gagnon, Roger A. Charest, Robert L. Charest Sr., Arthur I. Charest, Michael W. Charest, Ryan P. Cunningham, Joanne G. Tremblay, Robert O. Gauvin, Michael M. Forgues, Robert M. Forgues, James M. Gray, David P. Gray, Nelson A. Edwards, Neil R. Koenig, Larry A. Anctil, Martin J. Boyd, Jacques A. Laliberte, Adesse F. Ouellette, Earl F. Williams Jr., Roland L. Violette, Daniel L. Violette, Theodore L. Violette, Robert J. Drewal, Rodney A. Paradis, John E. Palman, Denis E. Fortier, John L. Richards, Clarence E. Paradis, Joseph N. Paradis, Alfred L. Paradis, Richard A. Paradis, Roland C. Paradis, Albert W. Greenleaf, Zacharriah J. Beaulieu, George L. Langlais, Sandra L. Wardwell, Pearly J. Beaulieu, Andrew L. McKinley, Thomas W. McKinley, Joseph A. Aldoupolis, Alan G. Elze, David B. Adler.

Robert S. Thompson, Robert P. Bourque, Richard H. Bourque, Robert C. Bourque, Joseph J. Bourque, Vital F. Bourque, Claire B. Starnes, Donald J. Cote, Raymond B. Cote, Roger A. Cote, Roland E. Cote, George M. Cote, Joseph R. Lagasse, Joseph O. Lagasse, Onile R. Lagasse, Neal R. Lagasse, Elmond R. Jewett, Gary S. Kramarz, Michael A. Lachance, James M. Robichaud, Eugene G. Huard, Lucien W. Huard, Albert R. Huard, Richard M. Behr, Christian A. Behr, Gerard G. Fournier, Lionel W. Fournier, Mark G. Fournier, Lucien F. Bussiere, Wilfred J. Ouellette, Roland L. Gray, Valmond R. Gregoire, Jon A. Robichaud, Daniel J. Robichaud, Richard H. Libbey, William Palman, Michael J. Lashua, William F. Steele, Laurent J. Dube, Andrew P. Csorosz, Edward J. Dobransky, Fernand R. Rivard, Bertrand M. Deschenes, Roland A. Tremblay, William R. Labelle, Richard D. Stone, Malcolm G. Huston, Richard P. Bushy, Christopher H. Corriveau, Frank R. Jordan, Kenwood P. Freeley, Eric T. MacLean, Julien R. Moreau.

Charles L. Charpentier Jr., Clinton E. Springer, Brandon M. Silk, Eric B. Shaw, Wade A. Slack, Joshua J. Kirk, Joshua M. Bernard, Jordan M. Brochu, James R. Zimmerman, Andrew L. Hutchins, Andrew P. Capponi, Antonio J. Capponi, Richard M. Dumont, George L. Cyr, Donald E. Ellis, Roger P. Dehetre, Paul R. Dehetre, Maurice P. Dehetre, Elizabeth E. Dehetre, Alfred E. Redmun, Maurice J. Guerrette, Buddy McLain, Elmore C. Wilkins, Preston G. Adams, Ronald R. Levesque, Laurent E. Gagnon, Joseph H. Whitehouse, Charles H. Whitehouse, William R. Woodbury, Rodney L. Woodrum, Robert A. Latulippe, Joseph A. Latulippe, Floyd C. Rowe, Wilfred R. Danforth Sr., Roger A. Aube, Richard L. Aube, Leo S. Raymond, John C. Dilodovico, Jesse J. Melanson, Leonard A. Gagne, Leonard G. Gagne, Reginald N. Gagne, Maurice R. Gagne, Frank B. Wright, Donald G. Caron, Richard F. Gardner, Donald H. Sawyer, Ray F. Sterling, James C. Hill Sr., Ronald J. Madore, Antonin D. Mercier, Charles W. Colvin, Keith A. Colvin, Clyde M. Vasel.

Gerald N. Elie, Norman A. Elie, Raymond G. Arsenault, Ralph L. Arsenault, Eugene C. Custeau, Joseph A. Chabot, Rene R. Zaldumbide, Lucien R. Thibodeau, Glen A. Mercier, Jennifer C. Mercier, Robert A. Leduc, Frank M. Folsom, Gerard A. Laroche, Frank A. Talpey, James R. Talpey, David W. Rand, Alonzo Conant, Donat R. Veilleux, Lorenzo W. Cyr, Roland R. Cyr, Roland R. Girouard, Roland A. Girouard Jr., Vaughn J. Waters, Normand I. Caron, Robert A. St. Hilaire Jr., Maurice G. Gagne, Roger L. Bouvier, Wallace S. Tripp, Frederick H. Morton, Maurice E. Mathieu, Leo G. Dagneau, Louis M. Kazimer, Robert D. Teeple, Richard E. Becuar, Rodney N. Robert, Roger L. Gagnon, Joseph E. Theriault, Maurice A. Theriault, Elmer G. Groves, Ernest H. Groves, Henry G. Groves Jr., Robert E. Groves, Dominique A. Jalbert, Florence A. Jalbert, Marc A. Jalbert, Dean F. Carney, Leandrus G. Caron, John P. St. Cyr, Jordan T. Chase, Emile M. Bourque, Raymond J. Obie, William A. Thomas, Lucien A. Belanger, Justin J. Begin.

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These 216 veterans are each listed on the 20th memorial stone dedicated in Lewiston’s Veterans Memorial Park on Saturday by the L&A Veterans Council.

This mix of men and women — all honorably discharged — served in the Marine Corps, the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army and the National Guard. They served during World War II, the Vietnam War, Korean War and the continuing Global War on Terrorism.

The soldiers and sailors engraved on this stone join more than 4,000 veterans — deceased and living — honored in the park on various stones and memorial benches. Each engraved name represents a person who has a connection to Maine: They have lived here, gone to school here or were stationed here.

The family names are familiar. But the words engraved on this granite stone are more than names. These are people we know.

Notable among them is Peru native U.S. Army Pfc. Buddy McLain, who was killed in Afghanistan last November.

On this Memorial Day we remember these veterans. We thank them and honor them.

And we encourage anyone who has not visited the remarkable memorial stones in the Veterans Park to do so. The sight of the stones, and a reading of the names, is a humbling reminder of what our veterans sacrifice each day in the name of our collective freedom.

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