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.
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.