PARIS – The Maine Veterans Home in South Paris has received a gift of armed services plaques on Veterans Day. The donation was made by Petty Officer Second Class Jesse K. Conde, who is stationed at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and is from New Port Richey, Fla.

Conde is the son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Greenwell of Bethel. Carolyn Brooks, a Marine Corps veteran and mother of Mrs. Greenwell, lived in the South Paris facility for several years before her death.

Having visited the home on several occasions and been impressed with the quality of care and respect given to those who live there, Conde began to search for a fitting gift to show the family’s appreciation to the veterans who live in the home and the staff who care for them, in memory of Mrs. Brooks.

When he saw these plaques in Washington, he decided to purchase them for the home and enlisted the help of his father-in-law to present them.

The gift includes a set of five plaques, each one representing a branch of the Armed Forces, along with a shadow box containing a coin depicting the Seal of the United States, an official coin from each branch of the Armed Services, a POW/MIA coin and a plaque which reads, “Donated to the residents of the Maine Veterans Home-South Paris. Thank you for doing your part in keeping America free.”

The plaques were presented in a special ceremony by Conde and Jerry Greenwell. The plaque for each branch of the service was accepted by a veteran of that branch.

Accepting plaques on behalf of the home were: John Kezal, MVH board liaison member, Coast Guard; William Bancroft, MVH resident, Army; Alvin Gilbert, MVH resident, Navy; Bert Lavalliere, MVH resident, Air Force; and Maurice Dennis, MVH resident, Marine Corps. The plaques are hanging in the corridor for all to appreciate.

Conde also presented a personally inscribed framed photo of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, which now hangs in the lobby of the home.


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