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L&A Veterans Council
Lewiston-Auburn Veterans Council
A Veterans Council
L&A Veterans Council
To be added to the line-up, contact Bert Dutil, chairman of the Veterans Council, at 786-2305.
Anyone needing applications for an individual name on the 10th stone, as well as information concerning the parade and ceremony, should contact Chairman Bert Dutil.
The council is inviting all military units, bands, color guards, veterans, fraternal organizations, Boy and Girl Scouts and youth groups to sign up for the parade. Dutil can be reached at 786-2305 or 454 Meadowview Park, Lewiston, ME 04240. Cunningham has joined with Shawn's parents, Robert and Delaine Fugere, and Lewiston Representative Elaine Makas to create the Danny and Shawn Memorial Fund. The goal is to raise enough money to cover the whole cost of both benches, said Bert Bert Dutil, 76, and 10 other Korean War veterans were joined by about 15 others who came to honor the veterans who served in the war that ended July 27, 1953. Dutil was a 20-year-old soldier in the United States Army in 1952 when he was sent to defend South Korea from the spread of communism. "It was hard, especially on the front line," he said. After about a month of fighting he was pulled off the front line because French interpreters were needed. He spoke French. From that point he worked for the United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission. "I was there when they signed the armistice," Dutil said. Standing in front of a veterans monument, Dutil recited a "Freedom Isn't Free" poem. The phrase "freedom isn't free" was a motto for Korean War soldiers, Dutil said. Thursday's ceremony was small, but it meant a lot to many people, Dutil said. Looking at the small crowd he asked, "How many were in Korea?" Eleven men, now old, raised their hands. "Thank you," Dutil said. "The group used to be powerful in Lewiston," said Bert Dutil, chairman of the L&A Veterans council, which is organizing the event. "We will be honoring the Gold Star Mothers with a star with yellow flowers and a plaque," Dutil said. Attendees will be given information about the group and details on how to add the name of a veteran to the growing number of stone obelisks forming a semicircle around the riverside park. "We are working on our 11th stone," said Dutil, whose name is listed as a Korean War veteran. People are asked to bring their own chairs as the ceremony will probably last over an hour, said Bert Dutil, chairman. There will be displays, flyers and application for those who want a name added to the 11th stone. All veterans posts and auxiliaries are invited to attend with their post or auxiliary flag to be added to the National Colors. There is parking on either side of the park, located at the Lewiston entrance to the Longley Bridge. For more information, call Dutil at 786-2305. To be added to the line-up, contact Bert Dutil, chairman of the Veterans Council, at 786-2305. At the present time the L and A Veterans Council is seeking more names to be added to an 11th memorial stone, which they hope to unveil on Memorial Day weekend, said Chairman Bert Dutil. Anyone who has been or who is presently in the military can have their name on a stone. The cost is $30 a name. Dutil said those interested may call or write for an application and must be able to prove they were in the military by sending with the application a copy of the discharge papers or a DD210. While the cost for a bench is $2,000, the cost for a name is $200. Dutil said anyone can have their name placed on a bench for that amount. The treasurer also has gift cards available. For more information, contact Georgette "Gerry" Cain at 782-6621 or Dutil at 786-2305.
Bert Dutil, former chairman of the L-A Veterans Council served as master of ceremonies.
For more information, contact Bert Dutil, L & A Veterans Council advisor, at 786-2305.
Commander, Willie Danforth; senior vice commander, Normand Deschenes; junior vice commander, Normand Bussiere; adjutant, Lindy McCallum; quartermaster, Bob Levesque; chaplain, Don Dube; historian, Cecile Burgoyne; judge advocate, Bert Dutil; officer of the day, Paul Emond; trustees, three years, Ed Samson, two years, George Fleury and one year, Leo Tardif.
Danforth, with the help of the post and auxiliary, presented Bert Dutil, outgoing chairman of the Lewiston Auburn Veterans Council, a digital camera for his service to the post and council. Working committees include, seated from the left, Pauline Levesque, Cecile Burgoyne, Paul Emond, National Commander Willie Danforth, Bob Levesque and Auxiliary President Fern Ronan; standing, Bert Dutil, Maurice Dutil, Sandra McGill, Arlene Tierney, Ed Samson, Armand Bussiere, Lindy McCallum, Brenda Bussiere, Normand Bussiere, Irene Provencher and Arthur Paradis. Post 31 officers are: Jirard DerBoghosian, chaplain; Richard Giem, first vice commander; Willie Danforth, commander; Lindy McCollum, second vice commander; George Fleury, trustee; Bob Levesque, quartermaster; Cecile Bourgoyne, historian; Paul Emond, officer of the day; Norm Bussiere, trustee; Ed Samson, adjutant; and Bert Dutil, judge advocate. For more information on joining the organizations, contact Bert Dutil, 786-2305, for Post 31 and Fern Ronan, 786-2170, for the auxiliary. Willie Danforth, Tom Allen, Bert Dutil, Coffee Klatsch Post 32, Commander, Bob Levesque, and Maurice Fournier.