Jay, Livermore Falls area veterans remembered

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Local veterans organizations and their Auxiliaries held ceremonies to honor and remember all veterans Saturday morning in the Tri-Town region. Seen at the Brettuns Memorial in Livermore is the color guard. From left: Butch Millette, John Dube, Terry Mears, Boy Scout Jack Mears and Joan Millette. (Pam Harnden/Livermore Falls Advertiser)

By Pam Harnden, Livermore Falls Advertiser

LIVERMORE FALLS — Ceremonies were held Saturday to honor and remember the men and women who served in the military from Jay, Livermore, Livermore Falls and Fayette.

Members of George Bunten Post 10 American Legion, Frank L. Mitchell Post 3335 VFW, and Lane-Dube Post 33 AMVETS and their auxiliaries gathered at the Livermore Falls Memorial Bridge. A wreath was dropped into the Androscoggin River to honor those who served or were lost at sea.

At the Brettuns Memorial in Livermore, state AMVETS officer Sheila Weed thanked everyone for coming to honor veterans.

Auxiliary member Barbara Cook placed a wreath at the memorial and the color guard stood at attention during a gun salute and the playing of taps.

At Union Park in Livermore Falls, Cook read a prayer and Weed placed a wreath. The salute and taps followed.

Mary Jane Edmunds carried an American flag.

“I am so happy that I came,” she said. “John Dube is my brother. I do it for him and my younger brother (Andre, one of two local Vietnam veterans for whom the AMVETS post is named),” she said.

Local veterans organizations and their Auxiliaries held ceremonies to honor and remember all veterans Saturday morning in the Tri-Town region. Seen at the Brettuns Memorial in Livermore is the color guard. From left: Butch Millette, John Dube, Terry Mears, Boy Scout Jack Mears and Joan Millette. (Pam Harnden/Livermore Falls Advertiser)

Next, Cook read a prayer and Weed placed a wreath at the Jay War Monument in Chisholm Square. The salute was followed by taps.

Butch Millette and his wife, Joan Millette, were part of the color guard. Saturday morning they had found the schedule online and decided to attend.

“It’s where we live. This is important to me,” Butch Millette said.

He is a member of the American Legion in Auburn but plans to transfer to Livermore Falls now that they live in Livermore.

Millette said his wife served in the U.S. Army. She was stationed in Germany during the Grenada invasion.

The group then headed to Fayette for a similar ceremony there.

pharnden@sunmediagroup.net

Local veterans organizations and their Auxiliaries held ceremonies to honor and remember all veterans Saturday morning in the Tri-Town region. Seen at the Brettuns Memorial in Livermore is the AMVETs Honor Guard. From left: David O. Smith, Robert Roy, Bill Therrien and Richard Moreau while Andy Gerrier plays “Taps.” (Pam Harnden/Livermore Falls Advertiser)
Local veterans organizations and their Auxiliaries held ceremonies to honor and remember all veterans Saturday morning in the Tri-Town region. Seen at Union Park in Livermore Falls are Barbara Cook at left and Sheila Weed. (Pam Harnden/Livermore Falls Advertiser)
Local veterans organizations and their Auxiliaries held ceremonies to honor and remember all veterans Saturday morning in the Tri-Town region. After the ceremony at Union Park in Livermore Falls, siblings Mary Jane Edmunds and John Dube hugged. (Pam Harnden/Livermore Falls Advertiser)
Local veterans organizations and their Auxiliaries held ceremonies to honor and remember all veterans Saturday morning in the Tri-Town region. Seen is part of the ceremony at the Jay War Monument in Chisholm Square. (Pam Harnden/Livermore Falls Advertiser)

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