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Monson Centennial Parade Auxiliary Float, Monson, 1922

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Winning first prize in the Monson Centennial Parade was the float, entered by the American Legion Auxilliary, pictured here. The float represented those killed at Flanders Field during World War I. The driver of the float was C.C. Towne, father of Oral Towne who was buried at Flanders Field.

Oral Towne enlisted in April of 1917 with Company F of the 2nd Maine Infantry and was killed in action July 20th, 1918. The Monson American Legion Post was named after Towne until 1951 when the name was changed to Towne-Holmbom in honor of Veteran both Towne and Lawrence Holmbom, who was killed in action during WWII.

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