The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 28, 1999


Veteran Austin Newman to speak on Memorial Day

The Carlisle Celebrations Committee is pleased to have Austin Newman as the keynote speaker at the Carlisle Memorial Day observance on May 31. Newman, originally from New Jersey, is a veteran, a long-time resident of Carlisle, and a former member of the finance and the building committees. He is also fondly remembered as a long-time Scoutmaster of Carlisle's Boy Scout Troop 135.

Newman served in the U.S. Air Force from 1953 to 1955 during the Korean War. He is a 1953 graduate of Rutgers University in New Jersey, where he received his B.S. degree in civil engineering and was commissioned a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force through the Rutgers R.O.T.C. program. Shortly after graduation, Newman was ordered to active duty and assigned to the 6521st Air Installations Squadron at Hanscom AFB. The Air Installations Squadron was responsible for the construction and repair of all airfield facilities at Hanscom. Newman served at Hanscom AFB for two years, rising to the position of Installations Squadron Chief Engineer.

Upon leaving the Air Force in November 1955, Newman returned to New Jersey where he took a position in the engineering branch of Esso Research and Engineering. In 1958, Esso, which later became Exxon Corporation, assigned him to The Hague, Holland, and later to Karlsruhe, Germany, where he was involved in the engineering and construction management of oil refineries and chemical plants throughout Europe.

Returning from Europe in 1963, Newman went to work for Badger Company in Boston until 1967. During the period from 1967 to 1977, Newman went back to work for Exxon, taking an engineering position in Rome, Italy. In 1977, he returned to Badger Company, which was now part of Raytheon for the remainder of his career, retiring in 1994.

Austin Newman and his wife Florence have maintained a residence on Autumn Lane since 1964 where, between assignments in Europe, they raised their five children, one boy and four girls. All the children attended Carlisle Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle High School.

Flag raising at 9:30 a.m.

The Memorial Day observances will begin at 9:30 a.m. on the common with the raising of the flag to half-staff by the Carlisle Minutemen. Formal exercises will begin promptly at 10 a.m. in the Abigail Corey Auditorium with master of ceremonies Douglas Stevenson introducing the following events: the Boy Scouts posting the Colors, the Girl Scouts leading the Pledge of Allegiance, the singing of our National Anthem, the Invocation given by Reverend Steven Weibley, and the introduction of the speaker. Following the address, selections will be played by the Carlisle school band under the direction of Thomas O'Halloran, the Benediction will be given by Father Thomas Donohoe, and the Color Guard will retire the colors. Immediately after the formal exercises conclude, the parade will form in the parking lot.

Scott Evans to lead parade

Scott Evans, former member of the planning board and captain of the Carlisle Minutemen, will again serve as this year's parade marshal. The parade will follow the traditional route down Church Street to the Green Cemetery, up Bedford Road to the Civil War monument at the rotary, to the war memorials on the common and finish at the town flagpole, where the flag will be raised to full-staff while the band plays the Star Spangled Banner. At each stop, prayers will be said, wreaths placed, a gun salute fired, and taps and echo played. Following a long tradition, a wreath will also be laid at the gravesite of the most recent veteran to be buried in Green Cemetery, Robert Justin Kierstead, a World War II veteran. Other veterans who were buried at Green Cemetery this year will also be named.

Events after the parade

Immediately after the parade, juice and cookies will be served to the children outside the Carlisle School cafeteria.

The ladies of the First Religious Society luncheon committee, chaired by Donna Cantrill, cordially invite the townspeople to attend their traditional Memorial Day luncheon at Union Hall following the parade. The whole community is welcome to come and enjoy the buffet of ham, baked beans, potato and tossed salads, homemade rolls and fruit crisp for dessert. This year pizza and chocolate chip cookies will also be included on the menu, especially for the kids.The charge for the meal, to cover costs, is $4 for the main course, and $2 for the pizza lunch. Reservations are not required but would be helpful. Contact Donna Cantrill at 369-4388.

Memorial Day gives all of us an opportunity to honor those who have served our country. The celebrations committee

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