This newly installed monument is part of a memorial in Trenton honoring the town’s veterans. The memorial also includes a walkway of engraved granite pavers honoring individual veterans. An official dedication of the memorial is planned for the spring. JOHN WHETSTONE PHOTO

New memorial in Trenton honors town’s veterans

TRENTON — Just in time for Veterans Day, the town now has a memorial to honor the men and women who have served their country in the military.

Located next to the town office at 59 Oak Point Road, the memorial features a monument with a center panel of black granite flanked by columns of gray granite. The columns feature the seals of the branches of the armed forces.

The center panel is inscribed “Dedicated to the honor and sacrifice of all the men and women who bravely served our country in war and peace.”

Mary Whetstone said the town has talked about honoring its veterans for a while, and that a 10-member committee set out in April to make a memorial a reality. She and her husband, John, are among the members of the committee.

The group ended up selecting Provost Monuments of Benton to create and install the memorial. Whetstone said the company has done other veterans memorials around the state.

The committee also opted to have the memorial include a walkway of engraved granite pavers leading up to the monument.

Granite benches and landscaping will also be added in the spring, when warmer weather returns.

The walkway will include a total of 250 pavers, 200 that are 6-inch-by-12-inch and 50 that are 12-inch-by-12-inch. About 70 of the 250 have already been purchased, engraved and put in place.

Those who want to honor a relative or Trenton veteran can do so by purchasing a paver (the smaller stones are $125 each and the lager stones are $200). The smaller stones hold three lines of engraving, while the larger stones have room for seven lines. Each line holds 17 characters.

For more information about purchasing a paver, contact Whetstone (667-7079), committee member Bruce Cameron (667-6001) or the town office (667-7207).

Whetstone said the committee is planning on having an official dedication sometime next spring, likely around Memorial Day. In the meantime, though, she said she and others are “quite pleased” with how the memorial looks so far.

“It is nice for the town to have this,” she said, “and to show gratitude and respect for the veterans.”

Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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