Maine Veterans are entitled to Military Funeral Honors

Military Funeral Honors is now an entitlement for all honorably discharged Veterans. There are no costs what so ever associated with this program.

The rendering of Military Funeral Honors for United States Armed Forces Veterans is a tribute that our Veterans and their families justly deserve and in fact, are now entitled to. It is a way to show our Nation's deep gratitude to those who, in times of war and peace, have faithfully defended our country. Section 578 of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2000 requires the Department of Defense to provide, upon request, Military Funeral Honors for eligible Veterans.

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A new Flag has been raised at the Veteran's Memorial

Slow down a bit as you pass the North Amity Cemetery on Route 1 and take a look at the new flag flying over the Veteran's Memorial. This flag has been raised and flown over the capitol of the United States. The 5x8 foot flag is a very generous gift from Rep. Bruce Poliquin's office.

Amity resident Larry Hamilton noticed the old flag, which had become quite tattered from catching on the overhanging branches of a nearby oak tree, had been removed. Someone had already helped themselves to the light at the base of the pole shortly after the flag and pole was put up and Veteran's Day was fast approaching.

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If you are a veteran or a widow of a veteran 62 Years of age and a resident of Amity, you may be eligible for a tax exemption. "Veteran" means any person who was in active service in the armed forces of the United States; and who, if discharged, retired or separated from the armed forces, was discharged, retired, or separated under other then dishonorable conditions. A Veteran must have served during a federally recognized war period, including the Korean Campaign, the Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf War.

The Veterans Memorial Honor Roll was located in front of the Amity Baptist for several years. In the early 2000's the church asked the town to please find another location for it; they needed to do some landscaping in the area and it was becoming quite weathered and was deteriorating. The wooden Honor Roll was removed and laid against the wood shed at the back of the Reed School until a decision could be made of what to do with it.

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