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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony
Joel Dutton (left), administrator of the MVH in South Paris, and Joe Cooney, co-chairman of the WMVAC, holding a piece of the Battleship, U.S.S. Arizona, which was sunk during a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese Navy Forces on December 7, 1941.
SOUTH PARIS -- With the assistance of Senator Olympia Snowe’s office, the Maine Veterans’ Home of South Paris has recently acquired a piece of the Battleship, U.S.S. Arizona, which was sunk during a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese Navy Forces on December 7, 1941 with the loss of 1,777 lives.
There will be a Pearl Harbor remembrance ceremony, open to public held at the South Paris facility, at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7.
Residents, family and community members are cordially invited to attend. After the ceremony, the Arizona artifact will be put on permanent display at the South Paris facility located at 477 High St.
When asked what motivated Maine Veterans Homes to pursue acquiring this piece of history, Joel Dutton, administrator of the facility, stated, “We are always looking for military artifacts that reflect the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform. Part of our mission at MVH is to remember and honor those who have served in uniform for the security of our nation. We are very pleased to have received this historical artifact and look forward to having it on display here at our facility.”
For more information about this event, or about the 90-bed facility located at 477 High St. in South Paris, call 743-6300,or visit us at the website, www.mainevets.org.