Events in area to commemorate Veterans Day

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WESTBROOK — Various ceremonies and celebrations will be held in Westbrook and Gorham on Saturday to commemorate Veterans Day.

In Westbrook, 34 veterans will be honored Nov. 11 at Stroudwater Lodge on Landing Road. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.

The key note speaker for the event will be Rob Foley, a former U.S. Navy SEAL, who will be joined by Westbrook Police Chief Janine Roberts. Foley, a Westbrook native, is an inspirational speaker and veterans advocate. He has been a speaker at a number of Maine Military and Community Network Conferences.

According to a press release from Avita of Stroudwater, Foley is “a thought leader on robust wellness approaches for veterans, including equine and forest therapy.” The assisted living facility expects there to be at least 150 guests at the event, including members of the Westbrook police and fire departments. Stroudwater residents who will be in attendance are veterans who served World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Also in Westbrook, there will be a veterans luncheon on Saturday from 12-4 p.m. at American Legion Auxiliary Unit 197, located at 300 Conant St. The meal will include beef stew, American chop suey and dessert. Veterans are invited to eat at no cost and guests will be charged $5.

In Gorham, there will be a veterans breakfast at 8 a.m. at Gorham House, located at 50 New Portland Road. The meal will precede a roll call, recognizing the veterans for their service. At 10 a.m .at the Gorham Town Council chambers, speaker Libby Bischof will discuss World War I memorials in Maine.

Bob Lowell contributed to this report. Kate Gardner can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or kgardner@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @katevgardner.

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