February 17, 2020

Picture this: Proud veterans

On May 7, I, along with Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Puiia, was driving from Bangor to the new Veterans Cemetery in Augusta for the burial of a dear friend of many years, Richard P. Girard. We talked about his 21 years of service in the Air Force and that he was entitled to a military funeral.

I pictured myself watching four or five soldiers folding a flag and handing it to a weeping wife and that would be it.

As we arrived at a beautiful new chapel, there stood 12 American Legion veterans at attention in their bright colorful new uniforms. I could see on their overseas caps, “Honor Guard Orono, Maine, Post 84.” Each man had more medals than I could count.

After the ceremony in the chapel, I could hear taps outside and six riflemen fired three shots in perfect unison. I was never so proud to be an American.

My wish that day was that the Bangor Daily News could have taken a picture of that group to show the people of Penobscot County what a great service these veterans of three wars are doing. Mrs. Louise Budreau Bangor

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