A celebration of patriotism and freedom in North Turner

NORTH TURNER, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- North Turner Presbyterian Church held a patriotic service just ahead of Independence Day. More than a dozen military service members and their families were honored Sunday morning.

Henry Poisson and John Hovestadt were among the honored.

Former pastor of North Presbyterian Church gave them each an American Flag pin to commemorate their service in World War II.

Poisson believes he is the last soldier still alive from the Army's 150th Engineer Combat Battalion that served in 1943.

"The last one died December 3rd," Poisson said. "It's nice that I'm still alive. I'm going to be 91 years old."

Hovestadt served in the Army's 88th Blue Devil Division 1946-7.

He said the fourth of July reminds him of his fallen comrades.

"I'm going to be last one alive from World War II," Hovestadt said. "I made up my mind."

Hovestadt said that this summer he is planning on visiting the World War II Memorial for the first time.


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