BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)- Bangor veterans and community members gathered in Davenport Park today to pay tribute to sailors that perished at sea 115 years ago.
The ceremony honored the 266 men who died onboard the USS Maine when a sudden explosion sunk the ship off of the coast of Cuba in 1898. Speakers included active and retired military members, along with representatives from Senator Susan Collins' and Congressman Mike Michaud's offices.
The cause of the explosion on the Maine is still debated, but at the time, the press reported it was sunk by the Spanish, which propelled the U.S. into the Spanish-American War. Bangor Mayor, Nelson Durgin, said remembering the Maine helps us to honor the soldiers currently serving our country.
"What we're celebrating today is the fact that not only did we lose two hundred and sixty something sailors in 1898, we continue to be on alert around the world," Mayor Durgin said. "Men and women, whose lives are in danger all of the time to protect the freedoms that we enjoy so much."
To see a monument to the Maine that includes the original bow scrolls, visit Davenport Park on Main Street in Bangor.