Friday, May 27, 2005
Iraq soldier Dan Newman to speak at Memorial Day observances
Townspeople will gather for the annual Memorial Day ceremony and parade this coming Monday, May 30, from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Participating in Carlisle's observance is a wonderful way to honor veterans and all those who have served our country.
Second Lieutenant Daniel Newman, who recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq, will be this year's keynote speaker. Dan, who was raised in Carlisle and the Netherlands, is currently serving in the United States Army National Guard, 3rd Battalion, 172 Infantry Regiment based out of New Hampshire. In February 2004 he was deployed to Iraq as an Infantry Platoon Leader. He and his unit were stationed in Balad and conducted combat operations throughout the Sunni Triangle for their 13-month tour. While serving, Dan received numerous awards, including a Bronze Star for service in Iraq, the Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device for Valor Under Fire, and the Combat Infantryman's Badge. Dan and his unit returned home in March of this year and now remain on drill status. He and his wife, Heather, live in Merrimack, New Hampshire with their three sons, Shane, Kyle and Jacob. Dan's parents, Austin and Florence Newman, live on Autumn Lane. Many will remember Austin's Memorial Day address a number of years ago, following his distinguished military career.
Dan was born in Emerson Hospital in 1974. He lived in Carlisle through kindergarten, and then spent some years in Carlisle and the Netherlands through grade school. His family returned to Carlisle as he entered high school. After one year at CCHS he transferred to Lexington Christian Academy, graduating in 1989. Dan recalls many pleasant years as a youngster in Carlisle, specifically years in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. After high school Dan enrolled at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania, where he earned a BA in sociology and spent four years in the United States Army Reserves. Following graduation, he began active duty with United States Army, 2
Dan is also an Operations Coordinator for Central Transport International out of Londonderry, NH and serves as a Call Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician for the Merrimack Fire Department. He dreams of becoming a full-time firefighter.
Flag raising, assembly and parade
The Memorial Day Ceremony will start on the town common with the flag- raising by the Carlisle Minutemen at 9:30 a.m. Following, indoor exercises will be held in the Corey Auditorium at 10:00 a.m. Officials will be introduced, prayers will be offered, and Keynote Speaker, Dan Newman will give his address. All music will be performed by the award-winning Carlisle School Band, under the direction of Mr. Thomas O'Halloran. The parade will form outside the auditorium immediately following the assembly. Veterans, Minutemen, Clergy, Town Officials, the Fire Department, Scout groups, and the school band will all march and be led by Parade Marshall Scott Evans of the Carlisle Minutemen. The parade will follow the traditional route down Church Street to the Green Cemetery, up Bedford Road to the Civil War Monument in the rotary, to the Honor Roll on the Green, and around the Green to the flagpole where the flag will be raised to full staff. Wreaths, which will be carried by the Girl Scouts, will be placed at the Green Cemetery — at the gravesite of Paul Macqueene, the Civil War monument, the Honor Roll, and the Revolutionary War memorial in front of the First Religious Society. After the parade juice and cookies will be served outside the Corey building.
At noon the First Religious Society will continue its tradition of serving a lunch at Union Hall. A small fee is charged to cover expenses, and reservations are helpful but not necessary.
The Celebrations Committee invites all townspeople to participate in this annual observance of Memorial Day.
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