AARP Maine is teaming up with Captain Jonathan Bratten, Maine National Guard Historian to bring you a four part series exploring Maine’s military history from four distinct moments across more than 150 years.
- Maine National Guard in WWI: 9/29/2020 4-5 PM
Maine National Guard Historian Jonathan Bratten details the sacrifices and stories of Mainers in the Great War, as he follows the 103rd Infantry Regiment from its mobilization at Camp Keyes all the way to France, and back again. The “Pine Tree Regiment,” as it was called, experienced some of the heaviest fighting in the American experience of World War I. The actions of the men in the regiment helped change the course of the war and of history. Register Here!
- The Maine Nat’l Guard at Luzon, 1945: 10/06/2020 4-5 PM
On June 9, 1945, the US Army launched one of the largest amphibious landings of the war, putting 175,000 troops on the beachhead at Luzon. In that group were Mainers from the 103rd Infantry Regiment and 152nd Field Artillery Battalion. Already veterans, Luzon would be the toughest test of their abilities. Confronted with a strong enemy, incredibly difficult terrain, and miserable weather, the Mainers never flinched or faltered but continued fighting on until the very end. Register Here!
- Maine at Gettysburg: 10/08/2020 1-2 PM
While most know the story of the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry at Gettysburg, the actions of the other Maine units present at the turning point of the Civil War often go overlooked. Learn about the other three bayonet charges made by Maine units during the battle; hear about the regiment that tore up its flag rather than surrender it; and many other stories. Register Here!
- The Maine National Guard in the Global War on Terror: 11/12/2020 7-8PM
Since September 11, 2001, the Maine National Guard has deployed over 3,000 troops in support of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mainers have been present during all phases of the conflicts, in the air and on the ground. Captain Jonathan Bratten, Maine National Guard Historian, will describe how Mainers played a role in these conflicts. Register Here!