A day to celebrate and remember all that is America

SCARBOROUGH – On Wednesday, July 3, as thousands of tourists were crossing the border between Maine and New Hampshire for the holiday weekend, state police vehicles and approximately 50 members of the Patriot Riders motorcycle club escorted a 48′ car-hauler, wrapped in white vinyl graphics depicting soldiers and sailors. The trailer contained a replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall and was on its way to Scarborough for the weekend.

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The wall is 20 percent smaller than the original wall in Washington, D.C. and is the centerpiece of a display organized by the American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT), a non-profit organization from Flint, Texas.

Pam Payeur and the Maine Heroes Fund worked with AVTT to bring the display to the Cabela’s parking lot in Scarborough. “I saw they had an opening for this weekend and I had to see if we could bring it here,” Payeur said.

During the holiday weekend, hundreds visited the exhibit, including those who didn’t have access to transportation. The Maine Heroes fund arranged for a shuttle bus to bring elderly veterans from the Maine Veterans’ Home in Scarborough to the makeshift memorial so they too could pay their respects.

The tribute to American servicemen was dismantled on Sunday afternoon, carefully packed into the 48’ trailer, and the entire display and those who care for it, headed to their next stop, Michigan’s upper peninsula.

Happy birthday.

David Arenstam

About David Arenstam

Originally from away, but here to stay - Maine is my home and I love writing stories about the people and places from my end of the state. As a teacher and writer who’s seen more than half a century of life, I’m astonished by the people I now call neighbors and friends.