2017-01-20 / Community

Summit Project founder to speak in Cape Elizabeth

Marine Maj. David Cote, founder of the Summit Project, will speak at Thomas Memorial Library about the project and how it came to be, at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28.

The Summit Project is a living memorial that has changed the way Maine pays tribute to post 9/11 fallen heroes. The mission of the Summit Project is to honor the state’s newest war casualties and the faithful spirit of all Mainers. The surviving families of Maine’s fallen heroes have unearthed and donated a special stone that represents their loved one. The stones have been engraved with the names of those fallen soldiers, since Memorial Day 2013, volunteers have hiked up and down mountains in Maine and across the world carrying these tribute stones in their packs, making the Summit Project a living memorial. A selection of the stones travels the state in a special display known as “The Honor Case.” Thomas Memorial Library has the honor of hosting the case from mid- January through mid-March. The library is organizing a hike with stones in the case on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. Volunteers who would like to carry a stone, or simply accompany the group on the hike, will begin at the library and walk on the Shore Road path to Fort Williams, and back. Sign up on the library’s website, or at the talk on Jan. 28. Complete details and more information about the Summit Project can be found on the library’s website. The Honor Case can be viewed on the upper floor of the library near the fireplace.

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