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All roads lead to Mount Major

Groups bring flags to the top of Alton's popular hiking spot

by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider

THE MARINES AND POOLIES surround the flag that was placed on top of Mount Major on Saturday, Sept. 8 Ann Hebert - Courtesy Photo. (click for larger version)
September 11, 2012
ALTON — Sometimes good things happen to work out just right.

On Saturday, Sept. 8, a group of "poolies" that are either enlisted in the United State Marines or considering being enlisted, made a trip to hike Mount Major.

And on the same day, a group of hikers were taking part in a program to remember Sept. 11.

American flags were placed atop all 48 4,000-foot and higher mountains. But there were so many volunteers that wanted to take part in the program that they extended the program to include hiking up Mount Major and placing flags on the top of the local hiking spot.

More than 30 poolies got training from several different Marines and talked about challenges of boot camp and how to prepare yourself physically and mentally.

Sebastian Salgado, an active duty Marine and a 2012 graduate of Kingswood, and Thomas Parker, a 2012 graduate of Prospect Mountain High School and a reservist who is currently taking classes at New Hampshire Technical Institute, were part of the poolies that marched up Mount Major.

Everything came together at the top when the Marines and poolies were finishing their hike and the volunteers were able to put the flag up high above Mount Major.

It's been 11 years since the tragedy, and this meeting at the top of Mount Major is what makes this country great.

Tim Croes can be reached at tcroes@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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