After World War 2 almost all of the local towns erected “Honor Rolls” to honor those who served in the Second World War. Many of the monuments also included the names of those who served in the Great War which historians began to refer to as World War 1 or the First World War.
The Calais honor roll was in Milltown at the intersection of South and North Streets and like many of the monuments was constructed of wood. Over the years it deteriorated and at some point was removed. We do not know where it was taken or why it wasn’t preserved.
St. Stephen’s monument has received better care and remains in a prominent place on Milltown Boulevard.
We aren’t sure how many of these Honor Rolls still exist, as noted above we have not been able to locate the one in Milltown and are reasonably sure the Robbinston honor roll is gone, but being wooden in construction most of those shown above would have required regular maintenance. Soldier’s monuments from the Civil War were made of sterner stuff perhaps because so many men from that war did not return.
The monument at Memorial Park remains in nearly perfect condition except the cannonballs at the soldier’s feet are all missing. The Historical Society would appreciate any information on their location or the fate of the Milltown Honor Roll.
We should also remember that long before the wars of the 19th and 20th centuries dozens of members of the Passamaquoddy tribe fought for the very existence of this country during the Revolutionary War.