Frank Martin Sons honors military while raising college scholarship funds

FORT KENT, Maine — Frank Martin Sons Inc. is supporting military troops and veterans while also raising funds for local students to attend college. 

The forestry and construction equipment supply company has purchased red shirts for the business’ 30 employees in Fort Kent and Madison to wear in observance of ‘R.E.D’  Fridays, a national initiative that stands for “Remember Everyone Deployed.” 

“It’s a good thing to bring to the attention of the community awareness about our people serving in the military; I don’t think it gets enough attention brought about in the media,” 

Frank Martin Sons owner Steve Ouellette said.

Ouellette has donated the cost of the employee shirts to a scholarship fund, set up under Smart-Soucie American Legion Post 176 in Eagle Lake, which will be made available to Fort Kent Community High School seniors.

Customers can also purchase the shirts from the Frank Martin location in Fort Kent, the proceeds of which will support the scholarship fund.

Frank Martin employee and Post 176 Commander Leroy McKenzie said the plan is to provide college scholarships totaling $1,000 each year.

“We hope to challenge other local businesses to join in on this project, and if they would rather just donate to the scholarship fund, we’d gladly accept that too,” McKenzie said. “After all, this is for the kids and we all know how expensive college can be.”

“There are a lot of great causes out there, but I think we need to continuously send out the message that we’re grateful for these people who put their life on the line for our country and continuously give us our freedoms and liberties we have today,” Ouellette said. 

Businesses and individuals who wish to learn more about R.E.D Fridays or donate to the scholarship fund can contact Leroy McKenzie at 207-316-0774 or by email at

MADISON, Maine — October 15, 2021 — Employees at Frank Martin Sons, Inc. in Madison proudly wear red shirts to support United States military veterans and deployed personnel. From left, are, Ryan Wing, Alexis Daigle, Curtis Ouellette, Brycen Hatfield, Ryan Gray, Keith Harrington, Warren Ricker, and Eli Hatfield. Also pictured, is Winston the dog. (Courtesy of Frank Martin Sons, Inc.)

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