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Begnning at 9:00 AM, May 31, the Book of Honor, in its special case, flag guarded, will be on perpetual display in the foyer of the Bangor Public Library, there to remain until other provision may be made. A page of the Book will be turned each day, God willing, forever.
The title page of the Book reads "Bangor Remembers Her Sons Who Died for Victory, 1941-1945". Following pages which carry the speeches read during tonight's program, are 101 separate pages each one carrying the photograph and brief biography of a Bangor man who died for victory. Then follows a page carrying the names of nine Bangor men who died but of whom photographs were not available to the City in time for inclusion in the Book. Lastly comes a colophon page telling how and by whom the Book was made. The biographical pages are arranged in the order in which the men died.
The photographs are of uniform size, enlarged or reduced from originals lent by relatives. All biographies are of identical length -- fifty words -- whatever the rank or grade of the man. Each biography gives the man's military record, his decorations, his schools, his civil occupation, and something of his personal interests, his serial or file number, his dates of birth and death, his rank, grade, or rating and his unit at death.
The Book is entirely engrossed and illuminated by hand. It is bound by hand in the finest leather, gold tooled, and with the seal of the City and the insignia of the services on its cover. There is no other copy.
The colophon page, which tells of the making of the Book, reads as follows: Commissioned October 1944, by the City Council of the City of Bangor, Maine, Henry C. Knowlton, Chairman with the advice of Horace S. Estey City Manager. Compiled by the Librarian and Staff of the Bangor Public Library. Written by L. Felix Ranlett, Librarian. Engrossed by Irving Bookstein, Boston, Massachusetts. Bound by Frederick W. Young, Harcourt Bindery, Boston, Massachusetts. Photographic copying by Preston M. Williams, Bangor and Cooper Studio of Photography, Brookline, Massachusetts. Finished March 1947.
A photographic reproduction of the Book, full size, but less sumptuously illuminated and bound, is being made and will later be available at the Bangor Public Library for public handling. The reproductions of pages being presented by the City to designated relatives are made photographically and illuminated by hand.
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Bangor City Council, "Dedication: City of Bangor, World War II Memorial, Book of Honor" (1947). Books and Publications. 271.
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