The City of Orono proudly recognizes our commitment to the United States of America. The American Flag flies on our grounds and all Council and Commission meetings begin with the Pledge of Allegiance. In the 1930s the Crystal Bay Women's Club built and dedicated a World War I Memorial to the City. That monument graces our front entrance.
On October 28, 2013 a dedication ceremony officially marked our acquisition of a new Veterans Memorial honoring all branches of service.
This memorial was gifted to us by Thomas Longe, a local Boy Scout working to earn his Eagle Scout Rank. Eagle Scout is the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) program. Those individuals attempting to earn Eagle Scout must complete an extensive service project that he plans, organizes, leads, and manages.
Working cooperatively with City Staff and the City Council, Thomas was able to raise the funds necessary for the project, design a memorial that honored all veterans, rally volunteers for the installation process, and plan a dedication ceremony that respectfully honored service men and women.
In addition to the installation of the memorial itself, Thomas also refurbished the World War I Memorial, landscaped the area, and added two granite benches.
Thomas raised almost $10,000 for this project & put in over 500 service hours.
Recognition of Thomas Longe
The City of Orono is proud to recognize Thomas Longe's vision and dedication to Veterans and to our community, and we gratefully congratulate him on reaching the rank of Eagle Scout.