To the schools, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Brownies, Cub Scouts and Daisies of Pepperell, and The Prudence Wright Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
On behalf of VFW Post 3291, I want to thank you all for your outstanding participation in Memorial Day observances last weekend. We thank Mr. Tickonoff and Mr. Beaulac at the Nissitissit School for a wonderful “breakfast with veterans” and choral program; Dr. Cormier, Ms. Carolyn Grey and Mrs. Amy Deion at the Peter Fitzpatrick for a program that always touches and comforts the heart; and Mr. Slavik and Mrs. Ellers at the Varnum Brook for such thoughtful and moving presentations.
Active-duty representatives of all military services were present as well as VFW and American Legion people. Our active duty military guests were visibly moved and many of them told us they have never been to a community that does so much in its schools to honor our fallen heroes. They will never forget our community.
On Saturday, Pepperell’s Scouts, Scout leaders and parents turned out in large numbers to help place flags on veterans’ graves at the Walton Cemetery. There is nothing more poignant in the world, to me, than seeing a child place a flag on a hero’s grave, read the veteran’s name out loud and salute.
I want to thank Ms. Julia Stockwell, Regent, D.A.R., and Eleanor and Bill Gavazzi for their presentations, in period costume, that teach our children their heritage.
And finally I want to thank the woman who volunteered to sing the “Star-Spangled Banner” at Col. William Prescott’s tomb following the placing of the wreath. Thank you for gracing our humble ceremony with the beauty of your voice.
God bless you all again, because you surely already are. It was small-town America at its best.
VFW Post 3291