The General Henry Knox Museum will host its eighth annual Boots on the Ground, a Memorial weekend community-wide celebration to honor veterans, military personnel and their families, Saturday, May 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the grounds of Montpelier, the big white house just off Route 1 at the turn to Saint George in Thomaston. Admission is free and all are invited to attend. The event is sponsored by First National Bank, Beverly and David Worthington, and Judith and James Hengerer.
The event will begin and end with patriotic ceremonies to mark the significance of the holiday weekend and honor the service and sacrifice of America’s armed forces. Wanona (“Winnie”) Fritz, US Army, who served in the US, Thailand, and Vietnam, where she earned her pilot’s wings and received several commendations, including the Bronze Star will be the keynote speaker.
At the conclusion of the ceremonies Tenants Harbor Masons, Knox Museum personnel, and American Legion Post One will serve lunch.
Montpelier will be open from noon to 2 p.m., with free admission for veterans and active-duty military and their families all day.
The event is scheduled to occur rain or shine under the big white tent on the front lawn. Visitors are encouraged to dress for changeable weather, and to bring lawn chairs if possible. Some seating will be provided.
Knox Museum participates in the National Endowment for the Arts Blue Star Museum program, offering free admission to Montpelier for active military and their immediate family. Montpelier will be open for tours regularly each week Tuesday through Friday 10 am to 4 pm, and on Saturdays from 10 am to 1 pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day, with reduced hours through Columbus Day.