Whether they came to the ceremony at the Northern Maine Veteran’s Cemetery in Caribou or had a meal at the VFW in Presque Isle, on this day veterans all over the county had fallen heroes on their minds.
Korean War veteran Floyd Belmain said, “I have a good friend while I was over there that was killed beside me and I’ll never forget it as long as I live.”
Veteran Clarence Mclaughlin said, “I had a guardian sister..her boy died…he would be a relative..died in Vietnam at the age of 19.
“My heroes wear dog tags, I will say it on a regular basis,” said US army Veteran Sherrie Harmon.
A day all Americans come together to honor and say thank you to those men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
“We all came close to making the ultimate sacrifice. You always do. You never know,” said Vietnam veteran Ronald Mullens.
“Some get in there and they’re brave beyond imagination..and we have some people that go in there and they’re petrified but they do their job anyway,” said veteran Harry Hafford.
Veterans says they also honor those who came back injured…and the families of those lost in combat.
“Just a chance to remember everybody,” said retired marine Robert Canney.
They say it’s special to see folks young and old coming together to give thanks.
“It’ll bring tears to your eyes..and to have a crowd like this for that it’s a wonderful wonderful thing,” said Mclaughlin.
But for those who have put that uniform on, they feel a special connection to their fallen comrades.
“You’ve got a bond..even though you didn’t know the people personally..because you’ve been there and you know what they do…you can’t describe, it it’s just you have a bond,” said Mullens.