Celebrating Veterans Day in Kennebunkport Maine

flag at St. Ann's in Kennebunkport Maine
The flag flies high at St. Ann’s!

As many folks enjoyed a day off from work or school yesterday, we (myself included) can sometimes forget the reason we are given an extra day to relax and explore beautiful places like Kennebunkport Maine.  So this year we decided to take an extra moment of pause to honor all of those who have served to protect and honor the United States of America.  Unlike Memorial Day, which honors fallen veterans, most communities don’t celebrate with a parade or armed salute in a local cemetery, so this year we decided to take a walk out to the Bush family compound along Parson’s Way.  So I headed out from the Maine Stay Inn along Ocean Avenue, where incredible vistas greeted me (no surprise there!).  But as I rounded the corner by St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, I saw a towering flagpole flying in the essentially cloudless sky.  Okay, I’ll get a little sappy here – just its presence reminded me of how fortunate I am to have been raised in a nation like this one, where countless people have protected me and my freedoms over the past few centuries.  So I snapped a pic and meandered on my way.

Kennebunkport Maine couldn’t have asked for a better day!  I mean it’s November and the

bush monument in kennebunkport maine
A piece of the “monument” by Walker’s Point

temps soared into the sixties, with hardly a cloud in the sky.  Just about two miles from my start at our Kennebunkport Maine Bed and Breakfast, I reached a scenic precipice overlooking the Bush Compound, where a monument (I guess that’s the word!) in honor of George H.W. Bush’s military service recognizes this and all veterans.  Check out this cool anchor!  But I had to head back home to make sure that I didn’t miss out on the Historic Inns’ of Kennebunkport’s Veterans Day Scavenger Hunt, which concluded with an evening reception at the Pasco Center (a year-round historic art gallery) – more on that later!  Needless to say, Veterans Day was a great one in Kennebunkport Maine, and wherever you celebrated, we hope you had a great one too!


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