The monument in Cumberland Center, which was dedicated May 30, 1928, bears three commemorative panels. William Merrill's only son, Edwin R. Merrill, erected the memorial a year after his father's death.
The front panel reads: "In commemoration of the men of Cumberland, Maine, who served their country on land and sea in all wars of the nation."
On the right panel is: "The demands for loyalty to a country is as great upon the sons as they are upon the sires. The safety of the country lies in the intelligence, the moral character, the patriotism of its citizens."
On the left panel is: "Cumberland honors her sons and daughters who have shown their loyalty, self-sacrifice, and devotion to preserve and cement the Union in the days of the Civil War, 1861-1865."
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