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Town Rededicates Veterans' Memorial

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BAR HARBOR - Despite the debate over the removal of a Christmas tree veterans' display in Bar Harbor, another downtown display was recognized Sunday with some new markings.

"When drive from Main Street onto Mt. Desert Street, it's something that will catch your eye," Debbie Dyer, Director of the Bar Harbor Historical Society, says.

 

Six bronze plates now surround the refurbished plaque at the Village Green in Bar Harbor, an update that had been in the works for over a year.

 

"The plaque you couldn't read at all, it had tarnished that bad," Dyer explains. "This drew us to the attention that something needed done."

 

The rededication ceremony comes on the heels of the removal of a former veteran display just down the street, however that was not the focus Sunday.

 

"We all get to sleep between clean sheets because of the veterans who served the country, and died," Dick Cough, President of the Bar Harbor Village Improvement Association, says. "That's why we're all here and living comfortably."

 

Veterans from every military branch are now represented on the memorial, one plate of particular interest to one veteran

 

"I never realized that we were really considered veterans from my age and era," Tom Rush, a veteran from the Merchant Marines, says. "I knew the sacrifice that was made from the Merchant Marines in WWI and WWII, and that's significant."

 

"The day the masons picked up all their tools, we came to take a look at it, and there was already some people taking pictures of it," Sherwood Carr, President of the Bar Harbor Historical Society, says.

 

It's a sight that many will stop and admire, located in the center of this coastal community.

 

"It will be drawn to people's attention. The look of it is amazing," Dyer says. "Even if people don't know, that okay. We know, the veterans know, and the people here respect it. That's the important thing," Cough adds.

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