Wreaths Across America, a nationwide program that places wreaths on veteran graves in honor of their service during the holiday season. WAA strives to Remember, Honor, and Teach. Remember the fallen; Honor those who serve; and Teach our children the value of freedom. The program allows an opportunity to raise money. In Newbury, the money … More Wreath Across America, Newbury Ma
As the Veteran Grave Officer, a position I have been appointed to by the Selectman of Newbury. My duties include placing of flags as well as care, repair and maintaining the veteran graves within the town, at all the cemeteries and burying grounds in Newbury. This year, and years going forward, a couple Senior Citizens … More Veteran Grave Officer Enlisting Help from Senior Citizens
People ask me, ‘Out of everything you do, what do you enjoy the most?’. My favorite thing and something I truly enjoy is being the Veteran Grave Officer for the Town of Newbury. The role, as outlined by M.G.L Chapter 115; Section 9, is more then just placing flags for Memorial Day.
The flag box that was sent up and placed in Newbury collected close to 1,500 flags between August 2016 to Veteran’s Day, November 11th 2016. Due to the unexpected response of the collection box State Secretary of Veteran Service Francisco Urena reached out to help with having the flags retired respectfully.
February 2015, good friend of mine, Frederick Maguire, lost his battle with PTSD. Maguire and I served in the same unit together in Iraq back in 2007-2008. Days after learning about his passing I also learned about the frustrating the family was having with the Army and VA in regards to benefits. As the result … More Spc. Maguire – Honor, Respect, Never For