- Associated Press - Friday, May 23, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A project to honor fallen Maine military service members will transfer memorial stones donated by military families from Portland to Mount Katahdin.

More than 100 members of Patriot Riders of America will take the stones to the state’s highest mountain under police escort on Friday. The group leaves from the Elks Lodge on Congress Street in Portland at 8:30 a.m.

The effort, organized by the Summit Project, honors Maine military service people who have died since Sept. 11, 2001. Organizers said there are forty stones representing the service people, and each is engraved with their initials, service branch and dates of birth and death.

The stones were selected by the families and are from places the service people cared about, including fishing holes, beaches, and farms.

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