Neighborhood News – Portland Press Herald –

5November 2020

Due to the current surge in COVID– 19 outbreaks, and the current standards from the guv and the Maine CDC, the city of South Portland will not host a Veterans Day parade or public event.

Stewart P. Morrill American Legion Post 35 will carry out a personal wreath-laying ceremony at the South Portland War Memorial 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Bob Traill, a U.S. marine veteran, at the Portland Rotary Club’s screen of “Flags for Neighborhood Heroes”in 2019. Traill was honored a Paul Harris Fellowship Award by the Portland Rotary Club at the Maine Mall on Sept. 11. Courtesy picture of the Portland Rotary Club According to a release from Legion Post 35, “Our terrific daddies fought in the Great War that triggered the start of the American Legion on Nov. 11, 1919. We remember them and every veteran who died since and we, as American Legion members, will not let a virusstop us from doing our task. We will stand high, masked and socially distanced, to honor our fallen pals.”American Legion oratorical contest season beginning National American Legion has actually begun the American Legion Oratorical Scholarship Program since a notice from department head office in Winslow, Maine. Department head office mailed out information to all state high schools on Sept. 22.

The American Legion Oratorical Scholarship Program is a series of oratorical competitions held at local, district and state levels. Scholarships vary from $50 to $25,000 and are offered for any high school trainee enrolled in (public, parochial, military, private or state accredited home school) in which a high school level curriculum is taught.

The contest includes two parts:

First, a 8- to 10-minute ready oration on any element of the American Constitution. Second, a 3- to five-minute discourse on one of four picked topics picked at random by draw from a hat on topics predetermined by National American Legion head office.

Members of the regional American Legion Posts will be in contact with regional school to ask about the school participation in this very instructional and career-building program. Students thinking about the opportunity must call their high school assistance counselor or civic teacher for more details. Information is offered at regional American Legion Posts. A list of Maine Legion Posts can be discovered by means of Google or Facebook.

Veterans contribute uniforms to help neighborhoods

Veterans are known for safeguarding the country’s flexibility and now, through the donation of service uniforms, will continue to secure the community, this time against a global pandemic.

Through Saturday, Nov. 7, Costs Dodge GMC and the Portland Radio Group will present Salute the Protectors, Veterans Count’s 2020 Veterans Day Charity Event. Over the next 2 weeks and culminating with live coverage from 3 of Costs Dodge’s places (Brunswick, Saco and Westbrook) the occasion will highlight the contributions local veterans have made to communities while raising cash for veterans in Maine. All cash raised supports Veterans Count and the military community.

From real estate to transport to food, medical expenses, childcare and tuition, Veterans Count supplies Maine veterans with a hand up, not a distribute. Citizens can help by making a gift during the Salute the Protectors occasion. Presents of any size are welcome and donations of $50 or more will get a high-quality facemask, hand-sewn by regional seamstresses and made from military uniforms. Each mask will feature a card detailing where the uniform was used.

“At Easter Seals and Veterans Count, we are genuinely humbled to have the chance to provide a hand approximately those who have actually served our country,” stated Joe Emmons, primary development officer for Easter Seals New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont, in an email. “Repurposing masks used by the brave males and females who have served our nation, uses a long lasting pointer of the security our military provides us, each and every day.”

Listen daily on Portland Radio Group at News Radio WGAN 560 AM and FM 98.5, Coast 93.1, and WPOR 101.9 to hear stories of assistance. To make a donation to Veterans Count Maine, go to, call 844-650-8387 or text VETERINARIAN to 77000. Checks can be mailed to 14 Atlantic Location; South Portland, ME 04106.

Easter Seals Maine provides military and veterans services with financial support from Veterans Count. The mission of Veterans Count is to offer crucial and prompt financial assistance and services when no other resource is available to service members, veterans and their households, to ensure their dignity, health and general well-being.

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