SEARSPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- As Americans paused to remember Pear Harbor on Friday, people in Searsport were using it to help kickstart a campaign to honor World War II veterans from that town.
Organizers are trying to bring back a memorial in the town that lists the name of every person that served in World War II. A wooden one used to stand on Main Street in downtown Searsport. It was taken down in 1973 due to its age and replaced with a stone monument to honor veterans of all wars.
Yet some in town want to make sure the names that were on the old memorial aren't forgotten. Town historian Charlene Farris located it. Her father Charles Knox served in the U.S. Navy in World War II.
She is now working to raise money to help the town put all 173 vets names on a new bronze memorial inside Union Hall. Farris was at Tozier's market in Searsport on Friday taking donations and many residents were happy to give.
"There doesn't seem to be any question," Farris said, "It's important of course it is. Even the people who don't have a relative on here...it's the right thing to do. We know when it's the right thing to do and this is it."
The new memorial is expected to cost $3,000. The Searsport Historical Society has pledged half of that amount and the town is preparing to budget the other half.
Farris says any funds that she raises will go to help the town. If you would like to make a donation to help with the new monument, you can drop it off at the Searsport town office.