LEWISTON – Members of area veterans organizations and the public are invited to attend ceremonies celebrating Armed Forces Day at noon on Saturday, May 21, at Veterans Memorial Park.

The third Saturday of May was designated by President Harry Truman in the unification of all the branches of the military services.

The pledge of allegiance and singing of the “Star Spangled Banner” by the assembly will lead off the program. Jerry DerBoghosian, chaplain, Post 31, Franco-American War Veterans Inc., Lewiston, will give the invocation.

DerBoghosian, also adjutant of Post 22, American Legion, will read a special proclamation, designated for Armed Forces Day. All the service songs will be sung those assembled.

Roland Cyr, past commandant, Central Maine Marine Corps League, will pay special tribute to the U.S. Marine Corps. A poem, a tribute to the Armed Forces, will be read by Richard Giem, commander, Post 22 American Legion, Lewiston.

“Taps” and prayers for servicemen who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, led by DerBoghosian, will conclude the ceremony.

For more information, call DerBoghosian, 353-7435. The service will be held rain or shine.


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