Your American Legion has been busy

14 years ago

Your American Legion has been busy

To the editor:

I would like to start off with a recap of the American Legion, Ray Goding Post 88, years’ activities, to inform the public of what we do.

I want to thank the members for their donations to the “Avenue of Flags” for the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Caribou, with one donation from as far away as Pennsylvania. We raised enough for one and one-half flagpoles. The goal for the cemetery was 30 poles and this goal was achieved.

I also want to thank the Presque Isle businesses that participate in our Holiday Flag Display project when this past season we displayed 243 flags on various streets on seven holidays (weather permitting). Many years we display them an extra day for special events.

I also want to thank the businesses that donated to our raffle, door prizes and food for our hunters breakfast. This year’s prize winners were Nathan Sprague, Kirk Hersey, Tim Doughty, Bud Wilson, Ashley Corriveau, Ken Munson, John Lisnik, Larry Barnes, Frank Smith and Carrie Bretzke. These are our only fundraisers so we work on a small budget.

Things that we do donate to are: The Caribou Veterans Home Birthday Party in February; Boys State Program; Teen Leadership Camp; Project Graduation; Shrine Circus; Caribou Veterans Home Christmas Shopping for patients; Northern Maine Veterans Cemetery; Christmas Trees for families with husbands and fathers overseas; Legion Baseball and helping veterans, with health and other problems, pay their dues.

The American Legion and the VFW do the Memorial Day parades. We also place flags on all veterans’ graves in all the cemeteries in Presque Isle with some help from the city. I have been acquiring veterans’ markers and flag holders with help from the city for every veterans’ grave, two more years should finish this project.

Burns Weeks has tried to locate all veterans on maps of each section in Fairmont, Johnson, St. Mary’s North Main Street and Chapman Street cemeteries. If some have been missed, please let us know. Please don’t take a marker flag holder from one grave and put it on another as this really fouls up our records; we will get to all in due time.

We currently display around 900 flags on veterans’ graves so it is easy to miss one; if we do miss one, please let us know.

Thank you for any help you can give and we would like to have you join us at the American Legion Post 88. Call me at 762-6971, if interested.

Carl R. McGlauflin,

past commander and finance officer