Battlefield Cross Memorial Dedication 

On Friday during a ceremony in the state house hall of flags 39 Maine soldiers were remembered for their sacrifice in the name of freedom. Those men and women remembered died in the line of duty supporting the global war on terrorism which began on September 11, 2001. The ceremony, which included remarks from Major General John Libby of the Maine National Guard and the Governor was an emotional occasion for family as the battlefield cross memorial was unvieled. The statue has a symbolic meaning and the origin of the battlefield cross dates back to the civil war. The battlefield cross is made by standing the soldier’s boots upright, standing the rifle upright in the boots, and hanging the helmet from the rifle’s stock. All 39 I.D. tags hang from the stock serving as a reminder of who has fallen. The battlefield cross will remain on display at the capitol building to remind those who pass by it of what Maine and so many families have lost fighting for freedom. CDR Robert Schlegel GrayMSgt Evander Andrews SolonLCDR Robert Clukey OronoMAJ Jay Aubin WatervilleSPC Daniel Cunningham Lewiston1SG Christopher Coffin Kennebunk SGT Nicholes Golding AddisonSGT Jeremiah Holmes North BerwickSGT Christopher Gelineau Portland SGT Lawrence Roukey WestbrookSPC Beau Beaulieu Lisbon CPT Daniel Tranchemontagne Portland SSG Lynn Poulin Sr. FreedomSGT Thomas Dostie Somerville1SG Michael Jones UnitySFC Shawn Dostie LewistonSPC Joshua Humble AppletonSGT Corey Dan NorwaySPC Dustin Harris PattenSSG Dale Kelly Jr. RichmondSSG David Veverka UMO StudentCPT Patrick Damon FalmouthPFC Andrew Small WiscassetCPT Benjamin Keating ShapleighCPL Dustin Libby Presque IsleSSG Kristofer Ciraso BangorSSG Eric Ross KenduskeagLCPL Angel Rosa South PortlandSGT Jason Swiger South PortlandSGT Edmund McDonald CascoSPC Christopher Wilson BangorSGT Richard Parker PhillipsSGT Joel House LeeSPC Jason Dore MoscowSGT Blair Emery LeeSFC Jonathan Lowery HoultonPFC Tyler Smith BethelSFC Nicholas Robertson Old TownSPC Justin Buxbaum South Portland