LEWISTON – The Lewiston and Auburn Veterans Council is organizing a special ceremony for the unveiling and dedication of the new veterans monument, called “Price of Freedom,” which will be 9 feet 2 inches tall. The event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 18, at Veterans Park.

Invitations have been sent to the congressional delegation, the governor and the two mayors. At present, Gov. John Baldacci and Mayors Lionel Guay of Lewiston and Normand Guay of Auburn have accepted.

Invitations were also sent to representatives of the five military branches of service, and at present Gen. John Libby, representing the Army, has accepted.

The council’s executive committee and members are working to make the day a special occasion. Lewiston officials are helping with the project.

Anyone who would like to donate and help to fund the project should call one of the following individuals for details: Chairman Bert Dutil, 786-2305; fund-raising chairman, Armand Bussiere, 688-2291; or treasurer, Georgette Cain, 782-6621.

The cost of the monument is well over $40,000. Businesses, corporations, organizations or individuals who make a major donation to the project will have their name, an in honor of or in memory of an individuals added in the back of the monument. The deadline is the first week of August.

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