letter to the editor

Wonderful veterans program

Posted:  Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 10:45am

Dear Editor:

On Saturday Nov. 11 at 11 a.m., the Aides of the Southport Library held their annual Veterans Day memorial service, marking the 99th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice Treaty that ended World War I.

This is a wonderful community event, as it is specifically designed to honor our current area veterans and all those who have served. This year retired Coast Guard Chief Boatswain’s Mate Sharon Machon-Ames was the guest speaker, relating highlights of her career with enthusiasm and humor. Navy Vietnam veteran Tim Hanley handled the flag ceremony duties, Army veteran Kit Sherrill gave a moving invocation, Fire Chief and Selectman Gerry Gamage read off the names of Southport veterans who died in the past year and then led us in the singing of “God Bless America,” and the Rev Bob Dent played a perfect “Taps” to conclude the ceremonies.

At least 37 area veterans attended the ceremony, along with countless friends and relatives. Helen Meserve and Sandra Seifert of the “Friends” were responsible for this beautiful event, and Southport librarian Linda Brewer provided all the necessary background support. I am personally very grateful for the love and support that we veterans receive here in Southport, and thankful for this very meaningful service.

Jim Singer

USMC Vietnam veteran