The Martin-Klein American Legion Post and Historical Society of Fort Kent are teaming up to build a combined Veterans Museum and Community Center.
Commander of the American Legion Post 133 Duane Belanger said, “The plan is to develop a building that we can use as a Veteran’s meeting place in Fort Kent. A place to showcase the history and artifacts of Veterans from the Valley, what they’ve given in support of our country.”
Right now the project is in the initial stages of applying for grants and looking for funding. It’s a project that the Commander of the Martin Klein Legion Post says will help youth understand what veterans provided for their freedom.
Commander of the American Legion Post 133 Duane Belanger said, “Fort Kent is rich with veterans that have served and the idea is to have a place that all Veterans can congregate in. Must be over 1,000 veterans out of, must be at least 25 30% of the community must be veterans or somehow connected to a veteran.”
The Commander of the Martin Klein Legion post says they hope to build the Veterans Museum and Community Center in the Center of Fort Kent; an ideal location would be where the former Nadeau’s House of Furniture used to be on Main Street.
The Martin-Klein American Legion Post and Fort Kent Historical Society envision the final product will be a place that will support veterans and showcase their history.
Commander of the American Legion Post 133 Duane Belanger said, “The 2 organizations have the same basic concept, that you know we’re here to support the past but also build for the future.”
A future with high hopes for a groundbreaking on a Veterans Museum and Community Center in Fort Kent by 2015.
In an effort to raise money to fund this project, the Commander of the Martin Klein Legion Post in Fort Kent says they are planning to host an outdoor concert on August 23, 2014 as the final event of the World Acadian Congress. These plans have also garnered attention from Thomas Ian Nicholas; an actor and musician who’s agreed to headline the event. For more information on the project, go to -> http://www.iamtheamericanflag.com/