A PERSONAL REFLECTION
Sunday, September 13, 2015, about forty individuals gathered at the Grand Trunk Cemetery for another ceremony to dedicate the recently acquired government marker for Joseph Lunt, a citizen-soldier of Back Cove in the East Deering Village. Why did they come? I surmise some came because of a familial relationship to the man, or to others interred at the ancient cemetery. Some came because they support the reclamation project begun five years ago. Some came because of a desire to connect to history.
I believe a dedication ceremony is an opportunity; a sacred act, which beckons us to pick up the threads of our past history, and to remember the people, places and events which formed the rich tapestry of our nation. The following pages contain photos and some of the highlights of the Dedication ceremony, along with the speeches . I hope that readers of this blog will find the historical information regarding the role that Falmouth(Portland) and the district of Maine played in the Revolutionary War of interest.
THE WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION
|Marianne Chapman represents Friends of the Grand Trunk Cemetery|
|The VFW Deering Memorial Post 6859 Honor Guard|
|Senior Vice Commander Derrick Stephens commanding..|
|CSM Joel W. Chapman (retired) Master of Ceremonies|
|Mrs. Elaine Falconer leads the singing of '"My Country 'Tis Of Thee"|
|Rev. Christina Sillari, Minister of the 1st Parish in Portland, Unitarian Universalist delivers the Invocation.|
|Michael Bobinsky delivers the 'Greeting' from the City of Portland. |
Michael has been a supporter of the reclamation project and is a 'Friend of the Grand Trunk Cemetery.
|MSG David Googins (retired), President of the Maine Military Historical Society|
David Googins is a retired Master Sergeant, having served in the United States Marines and full-time Army National Guard for 24 years. David is the Chairman of the Maine Military Historical Society and the Maine Armed Forces Museum , located in Augusta, Maine. David participated in the Dedication of the memorial for Joseph Merrill, War of 1812, another of our veterans interred at the Grand Trunk Cemetery in 2013. He is also a listed member of the 'Friends of the Grand Trunk Cemetery.
|This map helps to illustrate the historical references|
from David Googins' presentation.
|John Sawyer was also a veteran of the Revolutionary War. |
See the post in this blog regarding his service. This photo
was taken when his marker was placed in 2012.
|Simon Davis was but eighteen years of age when he served |
in the Revolutionary War.
See his story in an earlier post in this blog.
Sometime around 2010, but not enacted until 2012 or 2013, Congress passed a resolution requiring that only 'NOK' or next of kin, or those given permission from a living relative, could apply for a government issued replacement marker for any veteran in an unmarked grave. In the case of veterans of the Revolution and the Civil War, this has often created an impediment to being able to honor these patriots. There is movement, particularly in this state to change that requirement.
Fortunately, Nicholas Noyes, a distant relative of both Joseph Lunt and his wife, Jane Noyes Lunt, agreed to write the letter giving us the required permission, and we gathered on September 13, to dedicate the stone in his memory.
|Nicholas Noyes is a descendant of several, old Portland families,|
including Joseph Lunt.
Nicholas Noyes was born in Portland, attended Hebron Academy, Portland High School and Dickinson College. After 20 years in the hotel field in Kennebunkport, Nick received his Master's in Library Services from Columbia University in 1983. Since returning to Portland, Nicholas has been associated with the Maine Historical Society as a volunteer, Reference Librarian, Head of Library Services, and currently, Curator of Library Collections. His principal hobby is genealogy which he combines with " a fair knowledge of history."
|Nicholas and Edward (Ted) Noyes present the wreath honoring Joseph Lunt.|
We are most grateful to David Carkhuff, News Editor from the Portland Phoenix for attending this ceremony and for his excellent article and photos. I'm including the link for those of you who may wish to read David's account.
Here are some additional photos in no particular order of the Dedication.
When your children ask in time to come,
"What do these stones mean to you?"
then you shall tell them that.....
"These stones shall be
a memorial forever....."
Joshua 4: 6a - 7.