TRENTON — A crowd of more than 100 turned out Saturday morning for the dedication of the town’s new veterans memorial.
“It feels great to have it here,” said Bruce Cameron, a veteran himself and a member of the town committee that made the monument a reality. “It’s something we’ve been wanting for a long time.”
The memorial is located next to the Trenton town office and fire station on Oak Point Road. It consists of a large black granite panel inscribed “Trenton Veterans Memorial” along with a dedication. It is flanked by gray granite columns with the emblems of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine.
In front of the memorial is a walkway with granite paver stones inscribed with the names of Trenton residents and their relatives who have served their country. There are two granite benches, with plans to add two more later. A flagpole behind the memorial, made by Provost Monuments of Benton, displays the POW/MIA and Maine state flags below the American flag.
The American flag now flying in Trenton previously flew over the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., and was obtained through Sen. Angus King’s office.
Cmdr. Bob Cameron (retired), a Navy veteran of 33 years and Bruce Cameron’s nephew, spoke during the ceremony.
“Sons and daughters of Trenton have served their country honorably in war and in peace,” said Bob Cameron.
He said serving in the military is “an inherently dangerous business,” and said Americans have a “solemn obligation” to see that active duty military personnel and veterans are treated honorably and get the care they deserve.
Members of the Trentones, the Trenton Elementary School’s show choir, performed songs including “America the Beautiful,” “Yankee Doodle” and “God Bless America.” Pastor Danny Jones, an Army veteran and pastor at Christian Ridge Church in Ellsworth, provided an invocation and a blessing for the event. Members of VFW Post 109 were also in attendance, and fired a volley of shots during the dedication.
Fred Ehrlenbach, chairman of the town’s Board of Selectmen, recognized all the members of the veterans memorial committee. He singled out Bruce Cameron as “the glue that held it all together.”