Friday, May 27, 2011

Revolutionary War Officer to Receive Veteran Marker in Eliot

On Memorial Day, Monday May 30, at 2:00 p.m., General Andrew Pepperell Fernald will receive a veteran marker in a Dedication Ceremony at his grave in the Fernald Family Cemetery at 52 Goodwin Road in Eliot. This ties in nicely with the conclusion of the town’s Memorial Day Parade. The general has laid in rest all these years without appropriate recognition for his service.
General Fernald served with the Second Regiment of York County Militia as well as Col. John Frost’s Regiment of Massachusetts State Troops during the Revolutionary War. He then came home to Eliot where he represented the Parish at General Court in Boston to petition the Massachusetts government to grant the formation of the Town of Eliot in 1810.
Major General Lee Downer, USAF (Ret.) will preside over the program. Also participating will be members of the Fernald family, the Eliot Historical Society, The Second Regiment of York County, American Legion Post 188, and the Eliot Police Department Honor Guard. Eric Christian will present a biographical overview of General Fernald.
In the words of W. J. Cameron, “Perform, then, this one act of remembrance before this Day passes – Remember there is an army of defense and advance that never dies and never surrenders, but is increasingly recruited from the eternal sources of the American spirit and from the generations of American youth.”
So, as you plan your Memorial Day activities, which for many will include the town’s parade, give some thought to stopping by the Fernald Family cemetery to participate in this special dedication ceremony, which will serve as a tribute to the general but will also bring to life the true meaning of the morning’s parade.
Again, the ceremony begins at 2:00 p.m. at the cemetery at 52 Goodwin Road in Eliot. For additional information please contact either (207) 752-0174 or (207) 439-5155.
Photo caption: Influential Revolutionary War officer from Eliot, Gen. Andrew Pepperell Fernald, will finally receive a proper veteran’s burial marker on Memorial Day Weekend. (Courtesy photo)