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Two visitors to Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, Maine, in August, 2019 sit on benches overlooking the Androscoggin River's Great Falls.
Two visitors to Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, Maine, in August, 2019 sit on benches overlooking the Androscoggin River's Great Falls. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
Two visitors to Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, Maine, in August, 2019 sit on benches overlooking the Androscoggin River's Great Falls.
Two visitors to Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, Maine, in August, 2019 sit on benches overlooking the Androscoggin River's Great Falls. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
One of the stones listing local veterans at the Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, Maine, in August, 2019.
One of the stones listing local veterans at the Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, Maine, in August, 2019. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
One of the stones listing local veterans at the Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, Maine, in August, 2019.
One of the stones listing local veterans at the Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, Maine, in August, 2019. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The back of the USS Maine stone at the Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, Maine, lists Mainers who died in the sinking that sparked the Spanish-American War.
The back of the USS Maine stone at the Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, Maine, lists Mainers who died in the sinking that sparked the Spanish-American War. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
A memorial to the USS Maine at Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, Maine, features a 498-lb. projectile for the ship's 10-inch guns that was recovered from Havana Harbor 14 years after the ship's sinking and presented to the city in 1912.
A memorial to the USS Maine at Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, Maine, features a 498-lb. projectile for the ship's 10-inch guns that was recovered from Havana Harbor 14 years after the ship's sinking and presented to the city in 1912. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
A five-inch rotating gun at the Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, Maine, in August, 2019. In the background is one of hte bridges linking the cities of Lewiston and Auburn.
A five-inch rotating gun at the Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, Maine, in August, 2019. In the background is one of hte bridges linking the cities of Lewiston and Auburn. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
A granite bench at the Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, Maine, honors the memory of Jerry DerBoghosian, a local veteran activist whose projects included an annual ceremony honoring hte crew of the USS Thresher.
A granite bench at the Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, Maine, honors the memory of Jerry DerBoghosian, a local veteran activist whose projects included an annual ceremony honoring hte crew of the USS Thresher. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, Maine, in August, 2019.
The Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, Maine, in August, 2019. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, Maine, in August, 2019.
The Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, Maine, in August, 2019. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
An A-7D Corsair attack aircraft, last flown in Panama in 1991, is the centerpiece of the Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, Maine.
An A-7D Corsair attack aircraft, last flown in Panama in 1991, is the centerpiece of the Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, Maine. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, Maine, in August, 2019.
The Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, Maine, in August, 2019. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
A monument at the Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, Maine, in August, 2019.
A monument at the Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, Maine, in August, 2019. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
A granite bench at the Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, Maine, honors Sgt. 1st Class Shawn Dostie, who was killed in Iraq in December, 2005.
A granite bench at the Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, Maine, honors Sgt. 1st Class Shawn Dostie, who was killed in Iraq in December, 2005. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
A Jeep, presented by local residents Dolard and Priscilla Gendron, is among the military items on display at Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, Maine, in August, 2019.
A Jeep, presented by local residents Dolard and Priscilla Gendron, is among the military items on display at Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, Maine, in August, 2019. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
Visitors to the Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, Maine, in August, 2019, read the names on stones listing local veterans.
Visitors to the Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, Maine, in August, 2019, read the names on stones listing local veterans. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
Memorial benches are placed between stones listing Lewiston-Auburn veterans at the Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, Maine, in August, 2019.
Memorial benches are placed between stones listing Lewiston-Auburn veterans at the Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, Maine, in August, 2019. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
The Gold Star Mothers' floral monument at the Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, Maine, in August, 2019. In the background is an A-7D Corsair attack aircraft.
The Gold Star Mothers' floral monument at the Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, Maine, in August, 2019. In the background is an A-7D Corsair attack aircraft. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)

Cities and towns across the United States have done their part to honor those who served their country from the Revolutionary War through the current Global War on Terrorism, and the twin cities of Lewiston and Auburn, Maine, are no exception.

At the Veterans Memorial Park, on the banks of the Androscoggin River, more than two dozen stones list the names of local residents who have served in the military. The park also features a number of memorial benches honoring veterans, among them Sgt. 1st Class Shawn Dostie, a Lewiston High School graduate and 14-year Army veteran who was killed in an IED attack in Iraq in December, 2005.

The most recent addition to the park is the fuselage of an A-7D Corsair attack aircraft, last flown during Operation Just Cause in Panama in 1991 and most recently displayed in Montana. Fund-raising continues in the effort to bring the plane's wings to the park.

Also at the park are a USS Maine memorial, a Jeep, a five-inch rotating gun and a Navy anchor.

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