SABATTUS – Members of Sabattus American Legion Post 135 are making final preparations for the local celebration of the dedication of the World War II monument in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, May 29.

The local parade, usually held on Memorial Day, has been moved to Saturday for the celebration.

“We have been asked by the officers of the national American Legion to host local events for those veterans who will be unable to attend the national celebration in Washington, D.C.,” said Commander Ron Caron.

“The monument is a tribute to not only those who served in the military during that war, but also to the many people back home who worked so hard for the war effort and kept the home fires burning,” he said.

The parade will begin at 1 p.m. at the Legion Hall on the Island Road, with services following at the veterans’ monument. The parade will lead off with local color guards followed by the American Legion Bells and Drum Corps. The unit is made up of past and present members of the local National Guard 133rd Unit, which was activated this year and is serving overseas.

Speakers scheduled include U.S. Congressman Michael Michaud, Rep. Nancy Smith, Sen. Ken Blais and Christos Gianopoulos of Greene. A special letter will be read from Gov. John E. Baldacci.

The Sabattus Elementary School Band will provide music at the monument. To top off the celebration, a concert at the Oak Hill High School gym is scheduled for 7 p.m. to include the Just Us singers and the Oak Hill High School Jazz Band providing music from the 1940s era. Admission is $5, and tickets will be available at the door.

“We want this to be a very special day for the people of the greatest generation,” said Caron, “All organizations in the area are invited, and all World War II veterans present will be acknowledged and special certificates will be prepared for them.”

Those who want to be part of the parade and have not been contacted can call Caron at his home at 375-4639, e-mail him at [email protected] or contact the American Legion at 375-4058 for details.

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