Friday, July 3, 2009
Carlisle dedicates new Veterans Honor Roll
On Sunday afternoon more than 300 people gathered to honor the Carlisleans who have served in the military and to dedicate the town’s new Veterans Honor Roll Memorial.
Selectmen Chair Doug Stevenson led the ceremonies which opened with the USS Constitution Color Guard, U.S. Navy, presenting colors as a huge American flag waved above the Memorial from the Carlisle Fire Department’s ladder truck.
Lieutenant General Ted Bowlds, of the Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, addressed the crowd, relating stories of four of the local veterans who were present at the ceremonies. Bowlds also congratulated the town on working together to create this attractive and fitting Memorial, which was completed just in time for the Sunday dedication.
Members of the Honor Roll Committee, Ned Berube, Alan Carpenito, Alan Cameron, Larry Bearfield and Greg Fairbank, read the 286 names of those honored on the new Memorial. The lists are printed by groups on plaques on the Memorial: World War I, 1914-1918; World War II, 1939-1945; Korean Era, 1950-1960; Vietnam Era, 1961-1974; and 1975-2009. Those veterans attending the ceremony were asked to call out as their names were read and many calls of “present” were heard throughout the crowd.
Also participating in the ceremonies were Brigadier General Bud Sittig (Ret.) and his wife Fran, who had flown in from Ohio to attend. Larry Bearfield told the Mosquito that General Sittig commented that he had seen several hundred ceremonies in his career and Carlisle’s was, in his mind, second only to a 1976 Bicentennial ceremony he had seen in Washington, D.C.
One long-time Carlisle resident commented afterwards on how many of the names read were familiar. Some families are still in town, others like the Miller, French, Lapham, Gerow and Wilkins families bring back warm memories.
Special tribute was given to those who died in service to their country: Louis R. Rivard, Douglas Cann and John F. Kazanowski, Jr.
The Carlisle Fire Department served as honor guard. Attending dignitaries included State Senator Susan Fargo, State Representative Cory Atkins, and members of the local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter. The ceremonies concluded with three rounds of salute by the Carlisle Minutemen, led by Captain Scott Evans, followed by taps played by Carlisle eighth graders Dan Picard and Katherine Sorrows, and the singing of America the Beautiful by Carlislean and music student Noragh Devlin. The attending veterans and then the general public were invited to pass by the Memorial plaques and then to a reception in Union Hall.
The program will be shown on CCTV Ch.8: 7/18 10 p.m., 7/20 11 a.m., 7/21 3 p.m. A DVD is at the Gleason Library. Δ
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