The Windham Veterans Association will host a celebration on Veterans Day, Nov. 11 starting at 11 a.m. at the Windham Veterans Center. Included in the celebration will be several dedications and recognition of selected individuals.

First, Windham officials will rename the access road to Veterans Memorial Drive to make locating the property much easier on guests and veterans. Once the road is renamed, a formal ribbon cutting ceremony will open the road for use. The first several vehicles will be driven by long-time supporters of the veterans center.

Following this, Brigadier General John Bubar, Commander of the Maine Air National Guard, will be joined by Staff Sergeant Mary Ruetlinger, Maine Army National Guard and Iraqi Combat Veteran, to dedicate both the newly finished Veterans Memorial Park as well as the Monument Stone markers that will be a lasting tribute to all Windham Veterans, past, present and future.

State Sen. Bill Diamond and State Reps. Mark Bryant and Gary Plummer will present legislative sentiments honoring select area veterans. They will also join General Bubar in making a special flag presentation to a very special individual.

The final part of the ceremony will include the presentation of long overdue medals to a WWII veteran from Limington, Maine who is 100 percent disabled from wounds received in Italy when the truck he was driving rolled down a mountain during black-out conditions. With the help of Maine’s congressional delegation, the medals will be awarded in recognition of his service.

All area veterans and the public are invited to attend and enjoy refreshments at the veterans center after the celebration.

For mmore information, call Don Swander, President Windham Veterans Association at 892-7242 or Don McCormack, program coordinator at 892-3931.


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