Digest>Archives> Nov/Dec 2016

Honoring Those Who Served

16 Lighthouse Keepers Honored at One Cemetery Ceremony

Comments?    


You can see an enlarged version of this picture by clicking here.
>> Click to enlarge <<
Over 100 people attended the September 28th ...
Photo by: Kathleen Finnegan

In a Lighthouse Digest sponsored ceremony, the memory of 16 lighthouse keepers were honored this past September 28th with the placement of lighthouse keeper grave markers at the Mt. Height Cemetery in Southwest Harbor, Maine.

You can see an enlarged version of this picture by clicking here.
>> Click to enlarge <<
The U.S. Coast Guard Color Guard begins the ...
Photo by: Debra Baldwin

This was the largest Lighthouse Digest sponsored ceremony held thus far and was attended by over 100 descendants of the 16 lighthouse keepers. Participants in the ceremony included a large contingent of Aids to Navigation and other personnel from the United States Coast Guard in Southwest Harbor, Maine, who also provided the Color Guard. The flag ceremony and gun volley was provided by the Maine State Air Force – Bangor.

You can see an enlarged version of this picture by clicking here.
>> Click to enlarge <<
Cornelia Cesari, President of the Friends of ...
Photo by: Bill Kitchen

Speakers included Jeff Gales, Executive Director of the United States Lighthouse Society; Chief Brain Hawkins, OIC, ATN, U.S. Coast Guard, Southwest Harbor, Maine; Cornelia Cesari, President of the Friends of Baker Island; and Timothy Harrison, editor of Lighthouse Digest. A few descendants of the keepers also made remarks and Stephen Sanfilippo and Jim Sherman of the sea chanty group “From Away Downeast,” sang such songs as “Let the Lower Lights Be Burning,” “Semper Paratus,” and “Let the Light From the Lighthouse Shine on Me.” Debra Baldwin of Lighthouse Digest led the audience in the singing of “Legend of the Lighthouse.”

You can see an enlarged version of this picture by clicking here.
>> Click to enlarge <<
The United States Flag Folding Ceremony was ...
Photo by: Kathleen Finnegan

The September 28 ceremony was covered by three Maine television stations: Fox 22, ABC-7, and WABI –CBS-TV-5. Cosponsoring the event with Lighthouse Digest were Matthew Mace; Al Michaud; John and Becky Burnham; Keepers of Baker Island; and others who donated toward the event.

You can see an enlarged version of this picture by clicking here.
>> Click to enlarge <<
The conclusion of the Flag Folding Ceremony by ...
Photo by: Bill Kitchen

This past July, Lighthouse Digest sponsored another ceremony that was held at this same cemetery to honor seven other lighthouse keepers who are also buried there, which makes a total 23 lighthouse keepers who are known to be buried at this one cemetery.

You can see an enlarged version of this picture by clicking here.
>> Click to enlarge <<
As Senior Airman Michael Drown of the Maine State ...
Photo by: Kathleen Finnegan


You can see an enlarged version of this picture by clicking here.
>> Click to enlarge <<
The military gun volley by the Maine State Air ...
Photo by: Debra Baldwin


You can see an enlarged version of this picture by clicking here.
>> Click to enlarge <<
The Coast Guard gives a final salute at the grave ...
Photo by: Kathleen Finnegan


You can see an enlarged version of this picture by clicking here.
>> Click to enlarge <<
Taps played by U.S. Coast Guard.
Photo by: Bill Kitchen


You can see an enlarged version of this picture by clicking here.
>> Click to enlarge <<
Timothy Harrison, Editor of Lighthouse Digest, ...
Photo by: Kathleen Finnegan


You can see an enlarged version of this picture by clicking here.
>> Click to enlarge <<
Al Michaud, a descendant of lighthouse keeper ...


You can see an enlarged version of this picture by clicking here.
>> Click to enlarge <<
Timothy Harrison, Editor of Lighthouse Digest, ...
Photo by: Debra Baldwin


You can see an enlarged version of this picture by clicking here.
>> Click to enlarge <<
Final Coast Guard salute at the grave site of ...
Photo by: Kathleen Finnegan


You can see an enlarged version of this picture by clicking here.
>> Click to enlarge <<
Jeff Gales, Executive Director of the United ...
Photo by: Timothy Harrison


You can see an enlarged version of this picture by clicking here.
>> Click to enlarge <<
Final Coast Guard salute at the grave site of ...
Photo by: Kathleen Finnegan


You can see an enlarged version of this picture by clicking here.
>> Click to enlarge <<
Final Coast Guard salute at the gravesite of ...
Photo by: Kathleen Finnegan


You can see an enlarged version of this picture by clicking here.
>> Click to enlarge <<
Final Coast Guard salute at the grave site of ...
Photo by: Kathleen Finnegan


You can see an enlarged version of this picture by clicking here.
>> Click to enlarge <<
The final Coast Guard salutes at the grave sites ...
Photo by: Kathleen Finnegan


You can see an enlarged version of this picture by clicking here.
>> Click to enlarge <<
Placing the U.S. Lighthouse Service lighthouse ...
Photo by: Kathleen Finnegan


You can see an enlarged version of this picture by clicking here.
>> Click to enlarge <<
Placement of U.S. Lighthouse Service marker at ...
Photo by: Debra Baldwin


You can see an enlarged version of this picture by clicking here.
>> Click to enlarge <<
Betty Burgess, Sydney Bolduc, Lynn Bolduc, and ...
Photo by: Debra Baldwin


You can see an enlarged version of this picture by clicking here.
>> Click to enlarge <<
Some of the descendants of lighthouse keeper ...
Photo by: Bill Kitchen


You can see an enlarged version of this picture by clicking here.
>> Click to enlarge <<
Timothy Harrison, editor of Lighthouse Digest, ...
Photo by: Debra Baldwin


You can see an enlarged version of this picture by clicking here.
>> Click to enlarge <<
The gravesite of assistant lighthouse keeper ...
Photo by: Bill Kitchen


You can see an enlarged version of this picture by clicking here.
>> Click to enlarge <<
Descendants of lighthouse keeper Willis Dolliver ...
Photo by: Bill Kitchen


You can see an enlarged version of this picture by clicking here.
>> Click to enlarge <<
Musicians Jim Sherman and Stephen Sanfilippo ...
Photo by: Bill Kitchen


You can see an enlarged version of this picture by clicking here.
>> Click to enlarge <<
Chief Brian Hawkins, OIC, ATN, U.S. Coast Guard, ...
Photo by: Bill Kitchen


You can see an enlarged version of this picture by clicking here.
>> Click to enlarge <<
Thomas and Linda Briggs, descendants of ...
Photo by: Bill Kitchen

This story appeared in the Nov/Dec 2016 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

All contents copyright © 1995-2017 by Lighthouse Digest®, Inc. No story, photograph, or any other item on this website may be reprinted or reproduced without the express permission of Lighthouse Digest. For contact information, click here.

Featured
Products

Subscribe
to Lighthouse Digest


USLHS Marker Fund


Lighthouse Jewelry


Lighthouse Service Sweatshirt












Subscribe   Contact Us   About Us   Copyright Foghorn Publishing, 1994- 2017   Lighthouse Facts     Lighthouse History