The stars and stripes were on display down at the Grimes mill cemetery…It was a day full of pride, as well as emotions for most, especially Gail LaPointe…
“my whole picnic is here, my grandfather, two uncles, my husband, my son, my father, my mom, and two brothers.”
A flag was raised in the cemetery for the first time to honor veterans. I took a walked with Gail she told me how her and her family use to visit the cemetery.
“when we were young, we all use to do the picnic thing, so once in a while i’ll come down here pick up some chicken or something…and have a picnic with them..” said LaPointe.
No one could understand Gail’s pride more than Ken Doody a war veteran from Caribou who first came up with the idea of raising the flag.
War Veteran Peter Meisburter told us, “ken has a special place in his heart for this cemetery.”
Many of Doody’s relatives are also buried here, he and a group of volunteers are the first to raise a flag pole in over 200 years.
Being one of the oldest cemeteries in Caribou, there are headstones dating back to 1816, such as this right here. The dates go all the way back to soldiers who fought in the civil war, and go up to soldiers who fought in Vietnam. The flag will fly 24 hours a day, it has a solar powered light that will illuminate it through hours of darkness.