LEWISTON – Members of area veterans’ organization gathered at Veterans Memorial Park recently in observance of Armed Forces Day.

President Harry Truman, in 1950, designated the third Saturday of May as Armed Forces Day in the unification of all the branches of the military service.

The program opened with Pledge of Allegiance and signing “The Star-Spangled Banner” by the assembly.

Chaplain Jerry DerBoghosian, Post 31, Franco-American War Veterans, Inc. Post 31, Lewiston, gave the invocation.

The history of the Marine Corps was read by Past Commandant Roland Cyr, Central Maine Marine Corps League. A tribute for the armed forces in the form of a poem was read by Post 22 American Legion Commander Richard Giem.

Reading of a proclamation for Armed Forces Day by DerBoghosian was followed by “Taps” and prayers for U.S. servicemen who have died in all wars.

Singing of “God Bless America” by the assembly closed the program.


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