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War vet to speak in Farmington
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Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel 05/18/2009

FARMINGTON -- Farmington's Memorial Day will feature a 9:30 a.m. service at the American Legion Hall on High Street. The keynote speaker is Adam Cote, a veteran of the wars in Bosnia and Iraq, Post Commander Les Getchell said.

In Iraq, Cote was a platoon leader with Maine's 133rd Engineer Battalion.

He led more than 100 convoys and was in charge of many reconstruction efforts, including building schools and medical clinics.

Cote was in the mess hall on the U.S. base in Mosul on Dec. 21, 2004, when a suicide bomber walked in and blew himself up, killing or wounding more than 100 soldiers and civilians.

Cote was awarded an Army Commendation Medal for his leadership during the attack.

Also, a ceremony is scheduled for 9 a.m. May 25 at the World War I monument on Main Street, and the parade starts at 10, from the Legion hall. Wreaths will be laid at veterans' memorials in Meetinghouse Park, and the procession will proceed to Riverside Cemetery on Farmington Falls, where "Taps" will be played, followed by a three-gun salute.

Afterward, a light lunch will be served at the Legion hall.


A ceremony will occur at 9 a.m. at the monument on Main Street, with an address by local American Legion member Clyde Dyer, Post Commander Bertram Dyer said.

Others on the program are John Maynard, a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars; and veteran Meldon Gilmore. A color guard will perform a gun salute.

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