The Easter Seals Maine Heroes Wall was unveiled today in a public ceremony in honor of Veterans Day.
Distinguished guests Governor Paul and First Lady Ann LePage pledged their support for Maine’s veterans and shared their excitement about the wall, stressing the importance of honoring our military.
The public unveiling of the Easter Seals Maine Heroes Wall was held on November 10th at 1PM at the Easter Seals Maine Heroes Wall, which is located in the heart of the Old Port at the Dimillo’s Boardwalk. Approximately 75 people attended the event, including 92 year old John J. McLeod, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II in Okinawa. McLeod is a hero featured on the Heroes Wall, and shared his service story while waiting for the ceremony to begin. Other friends and family members gathered to take photos with their loved one’s hero tile on the wall and celebrate their veteran.
Subway presented a check to culminate their long-term fundraising efforts in Maine, collecting one dollar from customers to benefit Easter Seals military and veteran services programming. The total for the donation was $50K and will support Easter Seals Maine’s military and veteran services programming. A brief ceremony, donated by Dimillo’s Floating Restaurant, followed, where approximately 75 people passionate about veterans and veteran issues gathered.
The Easter Seals Maine Heroes Wall is a permanent monument to honor our military heroes past and present. The public can purchase tiles with their hero's name AND IMAGE in honor or memory of a US military hero, and 50% of each purchase will benefit Easter Seals Maine's military and veteran services.
“We hope to grow this wall and expand it all the way down the Dimillo’s Boardwalk,” says Veterans Count Board Chair, Gimbala Sankare, who is also a veteran. Veterans Count is the fundraising board for Easter Seals Maine’s veteran and military programming. “We want to make the site one that people visiting our great state seek out as a landmark. Maine is known for supporting its veterans, and we want to show how proud we are of every person that has served.”
Easter Seals Maine serves veterans and their families often when no other resources are available. The organization provides emergency financial assistance, helps avert homelessness, and helps provide mental health services to the entire family. Free and confidential, services can also include navigating military benefits, connecting with community resources, employment assistance, and removing barriers to employment.
The veteran hero can be from anywhere in our great country, but all the funds raised stay in Maine to help Maine's military and veteran families! Packages can be upgraded to include an additional slate to keep at home or memorial site. This beautiful tribute is a permanent fixture located on the Dimillo's Boardwalk, stop by and see the tiles already there- then contact Easter Seals Maine to add YOUR HERO!
All tiles are beautifully laser-inscribed by Get Etched, located in Yarmouth and Paul G. White donated the installation of the tiles.
To order a tile or learn more, visit: eastersealsmaine.com
About Easter Seals Maine
Easter Seals provides exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. For more information about Easter Seals ME, please visit http://www.eastersealsme.org/.