More than 70 volunteers carried 27 memorial stones over 7.5 miles as part of a hike and memorial ceremony to honor fallen service members from the University of Maine and surrounding communities.
On Saturday, Sept. 26, participants of The Summit Project (TSP) event walked from the Maine Veterans Home in Bangor to Alfond Stadium on the UMaine campus for the military appreciation football game, stopping along the way at the Korean War Memorial at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Hikers carried engraved memorial stones donated by family members to represent their fallen loved ones. Five former UMaine students, along with other Mainers who served in the military, were remembered during a ceremony that was held outside Fogler Library as part of the event.
TSP is a nationally recognized, Maine-based service organization, that provides a living memorial to pay tribute to the fallen service members from Maine who have died in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2001. TSP’s mission is to spread the memories of Maine’s fallen service members and elevate awareness of the project to communities throughout the state.
The stones are now part of a temporary TSP display in the Memorial Room of the Memorial Union.
Those who carried stones are encouraged to write about their experience and post messages on the fallen service member’s page on The Summit Project website.