April 21, 2014 — Today I am part of The Summit Project living memorial. Later this morning, I will carry the legacy and memory of fallen Maine hero — LCpl Joshua Bernard of New Portland, Maine through 26.2 miles of the Boston Marathon. Months of physical and mental preparation culminate today — I will carry Josh’s service on my heart, his smile on my face and his dog tags around my neck. I will tell everyone about the “saver lifer” he was. Pain is temporary. Pride is forever. To Josh and his family — thank you. djc
A Living Memorial
The Summit Project is a Living Memorial, open to the participation of everyone who wants to help ensure that Maine Heroes are NOT Forgotten. Everyone is invited to help TSP build and bolster our greater Maine community. We invite you to be part of this living memorial in any way that you can imagine. Just send us your idea and we can make it happen. It is here that you will see that The Summit Project is truly a Living Memorial!
TSP welcomes groups of any size and any affiliation who want to carry the memorial stones and memories of our fallen in order to honor and sustain their memories. If you represent a group, have an idea for a Team Event, we want to know it. Get involved here. Get involved today. We to invite you to be part of The Summit Project, and we thank you for honoring our heroes through this living memorial.
On this page we congratulate and celebrate those Teams of dedicated individuals who are part of the Living Memorial of The Summit Project. Every event you see on this page proves that TSP is accomplishing our mission and that we are carrying on the unfinished work of our fallen heroes from Maine toward creating a safer, sounder, more just community — here in Maine and all across the world. Thank you for honoring the sacrifice of our fallen Maine heroes and their families and being part of this Living Memorial. MHANF.
The Summit Project and The Maine Army National Guard and The Maine Marathon 1 October 2013 — Portland, Maine. Some very exciting news coming for The Summit Project this weekend. The Maine Army National Guard, under the leadership of SFC Timothy MacArthur, has expressed interest in carrying all of our memorial stones during the Maine Marathon Tribute Hike, this Sunday, 6 October, 2014, in Portland, Maine! That is a 26.2 mile forced march in combat boots carrying our stones. What a tremendous honor! This will be the FIRST tribute movement of the stones, a burden that others have volunteered to bare… Read More
The Summit Project and Dinner with the Smileys 13 October 2013 — Dinner with the Smiley Family in Bangor, Maine. Thank you Sarah Smiley and your entire family for having me over for dinner on 13 Oct 2013. I felt like family and our beloved Patriots won a close one! I can’t thank you enough for extending your support of The Summit Project and I felt pretty honored to be your first guest of the season, but it’s not about me… Maine heroes are NOT forgotten! Photo credits to Andrea Hand Fine Art & Photography.
The Summit Project and the Marine Corps League and Bangor Brewer Veteran’s Day Parade 11 November, 2013 — Bangor, Maine. Great news for The Summit Project! I found a very special group who was up to the task of transporting our memorial stones through the Bangor Brewer Veteran’s Day parade on November 11, 2013. They did an outstanding job of keeping our living memorial alive and strong! I might be biased, but the Marine Corps League from Bangor was the best group of veterans to provide an honor guard detail to remember our fallen…. Thank you Bill Jones and Joe Fisher and… Read More
The Summit Project and Wreathes Across America 15 December 2013 — Arlington National Cemetery. Today I must take a moment to commend two special Maine families for carrying our Summit Project stones from Maine all the way to Arlington,VA for the journey with Wreaths Across America. They carried the stones for a journey, but they carry the stories for a lifetime. Our goal is to always live a life worthy of their sacrifice. Maine heroes are NOT forgotten. A very special thank you to the Harris family and Dale Nason and MJ Crace. Maine heroes are NOT forgotten. In memory… Read More
The Summit Project and Mt. Kilimanjaro 18 December 2013 · Taken in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Thank you USMC Captain Candice Creecy! Thank you for taking The Summit Project and the memory of our fallen Maine heroes to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro! Thank you for honoring the fallen by challenging the living. Safe travels home… Thank for being part of this living memorial! Maine heroes are NOT forgotten.
TSP HONOR ROOM Soft Open7 March 2014 – — at Portland Maine MEPS, 2nd BN, Military Entrance Processing Command. The first “home base” for our TSP memorial stones had a soft open today. Symbolic on so many levels, this room and the halls within the MEPS office are the exact place where the next generation of Maine veterans will take their oaths of enlistment, enter our ranks, protect our proud Maine veteran legacy and stand on the shoulders of our last generation of fallen Maine heroes. No place is more fitting. Thank you MAJ Perzel and the Maine MEPS office! Thank you to… Read More
Honoring Army Spc. Daniel J. Cunningham Jr. through The Summit Project Living Memorial Our first introduction to the Summit Project was in October 2013 when Major David Cote attended a meeting with members of the Patriot Riders of Maine, Chapter 1 at Torches restaurant in Kennebunk. Major David Cote explained that the Summit Project is a living memorial that pays tribute to the fallen service members from Maine who died in the line of duty since September 11, 2001. The families of our fallen Maine heroes donated a special stone that represents their fallen family member. These stones will be carried up to… Read More
The memories of fallen Maine Heroes — 1stLt James R. Zimmerman, SGT Joel A. House, SPC Jason E. Dore, SGT Lawrence A Roukey, SFC Aaron A. Henderson, MSgt Ryan C. C. Love, and Army Spc. Thomas J. Dostie were honored and sustained over St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Boston when a team from New England carried The Summit Project Stones through a 24+ hour ordeal call the GORUCK Heavy (GRH). The GRH is a 24+ hour Special Forces inspired team building endurance challenge, led by Special Forces individuals. In this case it was Cadre Dan and Cadre Logan, two-well seasoned… Read More