LEEDS — Approximately three dozen people gathered to remember Leeds veterans at the Veterans Park in Leeds Center on Nov. 8. Laura Juraska, president of the Leeds Historical Society, opened the ceremony, welcoming everyone, and then introducing members of the Leeds Central School Student Council, who raised the flag and led the the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.

State Rep. Jared Golden, D-Lewiston, a Leeds native, then said a few words. A U.S. Marine who served tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Golden shared memories of some of the men with whom he served. They represented the best of what the United States stands for, he said, and he was honored to have served with them. Their backgrounds and stories were varied, but all embodied the values which make our country great.

Charlie Allen, an Air Force Vet who served in Vietnam, read a moving poem, and members of Brownie Scout Troop No. 1524 then laid a wreath on the Veterans monument.

The Rev. Steve Hastings from the Leeds Community Church led the group in singing “My Country ’Tis of Thee” and closed the gathering with a prayer of remembrance.


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