Our Mission, accomplishments to date & current project.
- This all volunteer non-profit organization strives to bring awareness and well deserved respect and options for a final resting place for our nation's honorably discharged veterans. A top priority is the enhancement and beautification of the northern most nationally recognized veterans cemetery in Maine-the Maine Veterans Cemetery-Caribou.
- Our goal is to work cooperatively with the State of Maine Bureau of Veterans Affairs, along with public, private and religious entities as well as professional organizations to advocate for veterans in matters relating to burial options for our most treasured veterans.
The NMVCC has vigorously pursued the mission set forth and has built enduring support both locally and nationally with both public and private donations, as well as matching grants, that have bolstered our ability to provide the best possible options for honored burials in Northern Maine.
The NMVCC makes it a priority to work in conjuction with the Maine Bureau of Veterans Affairs in order to ensure that the Maine Veterans Cemetery-Caribou provides high quality and finely detailed services to veterans, as well as their families. The NMVCC and our members empathize with the needs of those who have lost loved ones or are preparing for end of life decisions. The NMVCC is well versed in burial benefits and strives to maintain and continually enhance the Maine Veterans Cemetery-Caribou, providing for lasting memories of their experience and the interment as ones that bring comfort and peace.
The NMVCC is highly committed to making all decisions based on the needs of the veteran and their families. Our 21 member committee strives to have at least one member from every major Veterans Service Organization, working in conjunction with the advisory committee that include representation from the State of Maine Bureau of Veterans Affairs, the Maine State Legislature, the Maine Funeral Directors Association, representatives from the U.S. Congressional delegation for Maine, private citizens and companies, most notably John and Joyce Noble and Noble Transport also serve as advisors to the board.
Noted Accomplishments To Date:
- Living Memorial Carillon
- Landscaping and grounds beautification.
- Planted hundreds of trees for a privacy buffer and for beautification.
- Cleared the remaining 3 & 1/2 acres of the cemetery grounds to add to the natural ambiance of the cemetery.
- POW/MIA Remembrance Park and reflecting benches.
- 2nd phase augmentation to the Columbarium Walls with 216 additional cremation niches to accommodate a popular burial option well into the future.
- A memorial footbridge to the POW/MIA Remembrance Park has been built and named for our devoted benefactors, the Noble Family of Caribou, allowing for more convenient visits for senior citizens as well as those with physical restrictions.
- A Thirty Flagpole Avenue of Flags has been completed.
- A public restroom is completed.
- 18 additional parking spots have been added above the viewing area.
- Display cases for veterans artifacts is completed.
- Four walls of Honor are in place complete with sidewalks enabling an option for family/friends to honor a veteran or an active duty military member, regardless of where they reside or are interred. For an application click here.
- 51 flowering crab trees have been added to the cemetery grounds for color.
- 2 granite benches have been added to the avenue of flags.
- The committal shelter project is completed.
New for this year, 2018 Add a fith wall to the walls of honor section as the Army Wall is 98% full. This wall will allow us to continue to recognize veterans and or active duty military for their service to country
This is a major undertaking for us and will require $22,,700.00 to accomplish, we are confident with local support we can complete this job.
We are accepting donations and are doing a spaghetti dinner with all the fixings plus a silent auction/live auction/raffle to raise the funds necessary to complete the project. The event will be held on Sept. 18, 2018 @ the VFW Hall in Caribou from 4:00 - 8:00 pm tickets are $10.00 each or tables of 8 for $70.00
Call Harry Hafford 207 768 0525 for tickets or more information. Help us get this project completed this year by purchasing ticket(s).
If you would like to make a donation to this project, make the check payable to NMVCC and mail it to P.O. Box 312 Caribou, Maine 04736. A donation of any amount will help and will be greatly appreciated.
The NMVCC and its members appreciate any contribution made to help with ongoing costs and encourage you to visit us at 37 Lombard Road in Caribou, Maine.
Should you choose to contribute please make checks payable to NMVCC and mail to P.O. Box 312 Caribou, Maine 04736
Thank you for supporting our Veterans