This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Loring Memorial Park which honors the memory of Major Charles Loring, Jr., who died an American hero during a bombing mission over North Korea in 1952. The Park is located at the corner of North Street and the Eastern Promenade on Munjoy Hill.
Most years the large Loring family gathers at the nearby American Legion Post # 25 on Washington Avenue. But this year because of the shutdown caused by the COVID-19, there will be no family gathering – at least on Memorial Day 2020.
There were eight (8) children with Charles Jr. the oldest; six boys and two girls. (One of the boys, Kenny, died prematurely as a teenager). That leaves many cousins, nephews and nieces in this family to honor the memory of this American hero.
In 1942, Paul enlisted in the Air Force and became a fighter pilot. He was shot down and spent time in a prison camp. He served again in the Korean conflict. During a bombing mission over North Korea, he sacrificed his life rather than be taken a prisoner of war once again. He died on November 22, 1952. Paul was highly decorated for his accomplishments and sacrifices. He left behind a widow and two young daughters.
Twice a year, members of the Loring family gather at the Park to clean it up and replant flowers where needed and water the existing plants since the Park has no access to city water. The next clean-up will be in the fall. It was due to the exhaustive efforts of Paul and the community that the former CB circle was transformed into this Park in memory of Charles. A portrait of the Major is on display in the State of Maine room at Portland City Hall.
It’s a memorable site to visit any day to remember this nation’s fallen heroes – those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom and the freedom of those around the world.
Please see post herein dated May 16, 2009 for more background information the Park.