VEAZIE — Hayward Carl Spencer, a name that now stands tall in Veazie, the way family said he did as a soldier in Vietnam.
“As far as being a man, he was a good one,” said Frank Jordan, a neighbor to Spencer growing up. “He really was. What Hayward did was way above and beyond the call of duty.”
Representatives, family and the community remembered Spencer by dedicating the bridge in Veazie to him. They gathered Monday and revealed the new signs in his honor.
It’s now the Hayward Carl Spencer Memorial Bridge.
“It’s time that we all get together and honor veterans that have fallen in all the wars,” said Jill Spencer Milligan, Spencer’s niece.
“Hayward just happened to be the only Veazie killed in action in Vietnam,” she said.
Spencer died on March 11, 1967. But March 11 is significant for a Frank Jordan.
March 11, 2021, is the day a bill was passed for the Department of Transportation to designate the bridge on Main Street to become the Hayward Carl Spencer Memorial Bridge.
“It was a big day in our lives and was in mine, I know that, and still is. It’s hard. It’s real hard,” Jordan said.
Through the tears, friends and family remembered Spencer and his lasting impact.
“To me, he’s my hero,” Jordan said. “He always will be and he was my friend. He was Veazie’s hero.”