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MEMORIAL DAY
WE WILL NOT FORGET
By J. L. Wood

Memorial Day falls on Monday, May 30th and Americans are asked to fly all flags at half-staff from sunrise until 12 PM (noon). Then raise those flags to full-staff for the remainder of the day until sunset.
Half-staff in remembrance of the over 1.2 million men and women (Department of Veterans Affairs) that gave their lives in service of this country; Full-staff to ensure those soldiers sacrifices will never be in vain and to honor retired veterans or those still on active duty in the United States Armed Forces today.
Take particular care, as you raise and lower the flag. For example, in the morning as you attach the flag to the halyard, raise it briskly to the top of the pole, then slowly lower the flag to half staff. Then at 12 PM (noon) raise the flag to the top of the flagpole. At the end of the day, typically at sunset, take special care to ceremoniously lower and remove the flag without allowing it to touch the ground. Take a few minutes to fold the flag neatly and store it in a safe place.
During this Memorial Day, take a private moment to reflect on the importance of the ways and means in which you raise the American Flag. Remember the great sacrifices that were made, making it possible for all of us to take part in this tradition.






LOCAL MAINE REPRESENTATIVE
RUNS IN 5K FOR JAY RACE

Representative Ken Fredette (R) of Newport took part in the Annual 5K For Jay race on Saturday, May 14th in Newport. The event is held each year to honor Captian John “Jay” Brainard, 26, of Newport, who was killed in action facing the enemy in Wardac Province, Afghanistan, Memorial Day of 2012. The event raises money to provide scholarships for local students who are enrolled in the ROTC or a military college.
“Captain Jay Brainard is a hero who died defending the nation that he loved and I’m proud to participate in this event to honor his memory,” said Rep. Fredette. “It’s important that we never forget our fallen heroes. I commend Captain Brainard’s family for organizing this event every year in his memory. Helping kids in rural Maine who have dreams of joining the military is something that we can all get behind and something Captain Brainard would have fully supported.”
John Brainard (left), father of Capitan Jay Brainard and Representative Ken Fredette (right).



MEMORIAL DAY PARADES
A list of Memorial Days Parades taking place in the area.

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MEMORIAL DAY, 2016
Column by Steve Carpenteri
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THE TOWN OF RIPLEY
PREPARES FOR 200TH CELEBRATION

The Ripley Historical Society is working on a “time line” to be displayed
at the Ripley Town Office on Saturday, June 25th.

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FALLEN HEROES HONORED DURING THE SUMMIT PROJECT’S MEMORIAL MARCH IN NEWPORT
The Summit Project (TSP) held their Memorial March
through Newport on Saturday, April 16th.

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MOOSEHEAD AREA TRAILS GROUP
SEEKS VOLUNTEER STEWARDS
A new group has formed with the mission of helping maintain walking, hiking, and biking trails in the greater Moosehead Lake region.
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