PEPPERELL — Pepperell Woman’s Club members and the invited guests from the lady’s auxiliaries of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and The American Legion, gathered on the lawn at the Community Church — site of the American flag and stone — to honor and remember all who have served, and the men and women who faithfully serve our nation currently.
The observance included traditional prayers, a moment of silence, laying of a wreath, firing a volley, and the playing of Taps — who among us does not remember this scenario from our earliest days?
Members and guests then enjoyed a pot-luck luncheon in the Community Church hall. President Elfie Parker read poems and the history of this day of recognition, followed by the pledge of allegiance and the singing of God Bless America.
The Pepperell Woman’s Club is an active participant at the Bedford VA hospital volunteer program. The invited guest speaker was Joseph Dooley, co-coordinator of volunteer services, and Kevin Gagnon, a Pepperell resident, who directs and helps many groups with volunteer projects.
The message from Joe Dooley is the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital is moving forward, enlarging spaces, refurbishing and opening new units because the hospital will remain a viable entity in the nation’s veterans’ care system. A new director has been appointed and she is bringing to the forefront an open door policy for family, patients and workers to have their voices heard. You are encouraged to contact the facility for any information you may need.
Several new units have been established, including a women veterans’ Alzheimer’s unit. The Pepperell Woman’s Club was able to provide 16 afghans for this unit.
The November meeting is the time we bring soft stuffed toys, children’s books and personal care products for other programs we care about, both locally and statewide.
The Pepperell Woman’s Club is a small gem in our community, touching many different agendas. We realize your time is limited, but if you are looking for a place to volunteer this precious commodity, consider joining Pepperell Woman’s Club.
Contact Elfie Parker, president, at 978-433-6749.