November 11, 2012

Veterans honored with parades and speeches

Mayor Michael Brennan and U.S. Sen. Susan Collins urge Mainers to help veterans receive services for their sacrifices.

By Beth Quimby
Staff Writer

Veterans across the state are being honored with parades, speeches and ceremonies as Maine marks Veterans Day on Sunday.

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Stephen Betters of Portland and his wife, Sun, right, applaud during the Portland Veterans Day parade on Sunday. Betters served in the U.S. Army from 1973 to 1993.

Jill Brady/Staff Photographer

In Portland, hundreds of people lined Congress Street Sunday morning, clapping as veterans groups, Scout troops and bands marched by on their way to City Hall for a ceremony.

U.S. Sen Susan Collins and Mayor Michael Brennan called for more help for veterans to receive the services they deserve.

“We need to do a beter job for returning veterans,” said Brennan.

A rediscovered plaque honoring World War II veterans who workred at Pepperell Mill in Biddeford is being rededicated at a downtown ceremony Sunday afternoon.

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