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Brownville honors American Legion post

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Wednesday, August 23, 2006

By Stuart Hedstrom
Staff Writer

BROWNVILLE JCT — The town of Brownville presented American Legion Bernard Jones Post 92, along with the post auxiliary and junior auxiliary, with the Town of Brownville Citizen Award during a ceremony held in front of the post home on Railroad Avenue on August 19 as part of the Brownville Days festivities.

The Town of Brownville Citizenship Award is presented to a comimmity organization "whose civic leadership and service to the community make a difference," said Brownville Board of Selectman chair Dennis Green during the ceremony. Green added that the award also recognizes "the strength and fabric of the people in the community."

Green described some of the activities of the Legion's that have made a difference in Brownville, also saying that efforts have been made on behalf of the community while quietly trying to make a difference. Green said Legion members have helped students in the town schools with reading and history, while also reaching about flag etiquette. The Legion has also hosted movie nights at the schools for the children, and weekly bingo games for the adults.

The Legion also has helped the town government with festivities, said Green, and made the entire town notice its flag project. The flag project consists of American flags being put up throughout town on telephone poles, which "brings the beauty and message home to us" said Green.

For the ceremony, Brownville invited Lt. Col. (Ret.) Peter W. Ogden, who currently works for the state as Director of Veteran's Services, to present American Legion Post 92 Commander Ed Roberts with a plaque for the Town of Brownville Citizen Award.

"We would Like to thank everyone whether you're a member or not in our activities," said Roberts , after receiving the plaque. "We're a very small post with an even smaller number of members, and we would like to thank the community for stepping up on the flag program. On behalf of the Legion, Legion Auxiliary and Junior Auxiliary, thank you."

The ceremony began after the conclusion of the Brownville Days parade which started by the airport ended in front of the post. A four-man color guard with American and Maine flags and rifles marched in during the beginning of the ceremony and stood in front of the Legion. The ceremony also featured the Community Concert band playing "You're a Grand Old Flag" and a blessing by selectman and pastor Stephen Dean.

The American Legion Bernard Jones Post 92 is the second recipient of the Town of Brownville Citizenship Award. The Brownville Fire Department received the inaugural award in 2005 during the first annual Brownville Days celebration.

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