LEWISTON – SFC Jerry DeWitt, U.S. Army retired, is the adjutant for the Disabled American Veterans, Lewiston Chapter 11. The group has accepted the challenge of restoring the 51mm Navy gun and the golden anchor that will be unveiled on Veterans Day, along with the 20th memorial stone. It will bring the total number of veteran names to 4,319, including names on the Victoria and USS Maine memorial stones.

The L and A Veterans Council will also reconvene at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, at the Multi-Purpose Center, to discuss the restoration and placement for the 51mm gun and anchor, to vote on the 20th memorial stone logo, to discuss Veterans Day activities, officers and volunteer responsibilities and project history.

The council gathers for a one-hour meeting six times a year, in September, October, November, March, April and May. Anyone desiring to make presentations or recommendations may request time with the council 60 days prior to any meeting.

Anyone interested in an application for memorial stones, memorial benches, honor pavers or memorial monuments may contact the chairman by e-mail at [email protected] or write to Chairman, 451 Lower St., Turner, Maine 04282.

Anyone wishing to donate black, red or battleship gray paint or who would like to help in the restoration, may call DeWitt at 926-3240. Individuals or groups willing to volunteer in the maintenance of the park may contact the chairman. The council is also looking for businesses to adopt a spot in the park area.

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