Veterans Day Ceremony brings generations together

Published: Nov. 12, 2016 at 4:26 PM EST
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American flags waved proudly in the wind Friday as they do everyday at the Maine Veterans Cemetery in Caribou. Despite the chill in the air, folks of all ages came out to honor veterans from throughout the area for the freedoms we have today.

"It's wonderful to see people. We are so well supported here in the County by the folks that I just can't believe it, it's really nice," said Harry Hafford, who is Chairman of the Northern Maine Veterans Cemetery Corporation.

Whether listening in on the ceremony or participating, one local veteran says it's important that every generation understand the importance of this day.

"It means a heck of a lot because I come from a war, which is the Vietnam war, and a lot of times we didn't get that support and I'm glad to see America is waking up," said Craig Fay, who is Commandant of Marine Corps League Meo Bosse #1414.

Support that could be seen at the ceremony through guest speakers, the 21-gun salute and the Caribou High School Chorus.

"It's pretty special to know that I'm a part of this and it's a big deal for a lot of people," said Meagan Dube, who is part of the Caribou High School Chorus.

Dube played taps at the ceremony and sang alongside her peers. But more importantly, these students were surrounded by men and women who served, are rich with knowledge and appreciate their gesture of being here for this ceremony.

"This is a generation that has to understand what we went through, and we've passed this on. We've passed the torch," said Fay.

"It's nice to know that I'm here for them and that I can play for them," said Dube.

Members of one generation honoring those of another.