I recently got an email from New England Center and Home for Veterans thanking for me taking veterans from the center to a Red Sox game, a couple Celtics games, and a Bruins game a few years ago. Back in 2015, I treated 18 veterans to an Red Sox with the help of Larry Lucchino. … More An Act of Kindness Has A Bigger Impact then You Think!
Located on High Rd in Newbury, Massachusetts. The First Parish Burying Ground is home to several First Settler’s as well as several veterans that have served in wars including American Revolution War, Civil War, World War I and World War II. This project began in the summer of 2015, one year after become the Veteran Grave Officer. … More First Parish Burying Ground, Newbury Ma
9/11 Ten Year Anniversary Field Ceremony Arranged a special pre-game field ceremony in part of the 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Fenway Park. The special pre-game ceremony honored and recognized a local Massachusetts Army National Guard Unit set to deploy that Thanksgiving. The service members stood at the base of the left field wall an … More 182nd Engineer Company Send-off / 9-11 Ten Year Anniversary
Every year for Memorial Day flags are placed throughout country at the graves of our veterans. In Newbury these flags are placed at First Parish Burying Ground, Thomas Parker Cemetery, First Settler’s Burying Ground, Evergreen Cemetery, Old Town Cemetery, Newbury Neck Cemetery, Old Byfield Burying Ground, and the Byfield Cemetery. Between all of these cemeteries … More Honor Our Veterans: Help Place Grave Flags for Memorial Day
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