MECHANIC FALLS — The Mechanic Falls Historical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, at the Anglican Church of the Transfiguration, 64 Elm St.

Agenda items will include discussion on how the society can make the community aware of the contributions of the 103rd Infantry Regiment during World War II. According to a Bangor Daily News article, “The 103rd was the largest Maine unit mobilized during World War II, with members coming from throughout the state. Companies of the 103rd were called to duty from the Auburn, Augusta, Belfast, Biddeford, Dexter, Gardiner, Lewiston, Mechanic Falls, Millinocket, Newport, Norway, Portland, Rumford, Skowhegan, Waterville and Westbrook.”

The society is in possession of an original photograph featuring members of the unit while at basic training in Camp Blanding, Florida, and two framed broadsheets of messages sent to the unit from townspeople at the time of their service.

The society will also initiate plans with the Anglican Church to hold a celebration on the town’s Community Day in June by welcoming persons who were married at the church when it was home to the First Congregational Church.

A further reading of the occupancy agreement between the church and the society will also be done.


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