Sunday, May 19, 2013
Girl and Boy Scouts and other volunteers will place more than 2,000 flags on the graves of Veterans at Edgell Grove Cemetery this morning, May 19.
Today, May 19 volunteers will replace worn flags on veterans' graves and markers at Edgell Grove Cemetery, in anticipation of Memorial Day. Families and Scouts are invited to help out. The task to place more than 2,000 flags in the cemetery starts at 9:30 a.m.
Monday, November 12, 2012
Rear Admiral Vic Beck told those assembled for the Town of Framingham's Veterans Day Ceremony at Cushing Chapel to teach the youth about Veterans and for Veterans to tell their stories to their neighbors.
The Town of Framingham held its annual Veterans Day ceremony at Cushing Chapel Sunday morning. The keynote speaker was U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Vic Beck, a Sudbury resident. Beck told those assembled to teach the youth about veterans and for veterans to tell their stories to their neighbors. Other speakers included Framingham Town Manager Bob Halpin, Rep. Chris Walsh, Rep. Tom Sannicandro and Selectman Ginger Esty. *** Editor's Note: Framingham Patch invited all Framingham Veterans to contact editor Susan Petroni at email@example.com to tell his or her story.
The Town of Framingham held a short ceremony Sunday at Cushing Memorial Park to mark Veterans Day 2012.
The Town of Framingham held a short ceremony Sunday at Cushing Memorial Park, on what was the former Cushing General Hospital grounds, to mark Veterans Day. The Framingham Police Department Color Guard led the short procession, followed by Framingham Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. Chaplain Robert Anspach gave a prayer and paid tribute to the "defenders of our freedom." Webelo Scout Nikolai Novak was selected to place the wreath on the monument marking Cushing General Hospital. Between 1944-46 more than 13,800 soliders were cared for on the grounds of the hospital in 95 buildings, built by the U.S. War Department. Later the site became Cushing State Hospital until 1991.
Friday, November 9, 2012
Framingham Girl Scouts are holding a dance to celebrate its 100th anniversary tonight, Nov. 9; Scouts also will be collecting socks and other items for Veterans overseas.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts, the Framingham Girl Scouts are holding a dance at Nevins Hall inside the Memorial Building tonight at 7. All Girl Scouts are invited to attend, even Girl Scouts from neighboring communities. As part of the admission, Scouts will also be collecting new white socks and toiletry items for veterans overseas. Admission is $8 per Girl Scout, plus a mandatory donation to the Veterans. Payment can be made at the door. No admission after 8 p.m. Scouts have the option of bringing a dad/adult pal to the dance. Dads and adult pals are free, but must bring a donation to the Veterans. Besides clean white tube socks, other items needed for veterans include: travel size shampoo, travel size toothpaste, …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Takia A. Rust, of Framingham, was the first woman and the first African-American veteran to deliver the keynote address at Framingham's Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday.
Takia A. Rust entered the military at 18 just out Keefe Technical Regional High School. With a family, that has a history of serving our country, it was not unusual choice. Both her parents served in the U.S. Navy. Her grandfather was a Green Beret, who almost lost his life in the Vietnam War, Rust told a crowd of more than 100 at Framingham's Memorial Day ceremony Monday afternoon. Rust, 27, as the keynote speaker became the first female and the first African-American in Framingham to have that honor. Framingham Veterans Agent Peter Harvell described Rust as the changing face of the military. "Military today can not function without women," said Harvell. "And they are playing an even greater role everyday in our national defense." A …
More than 100 people attended Monday's Memorial Day Ceremony in Framingham on the steps of the Memorial Building.
Led by the Framingham Firefighters, Local 1652 Color Guard, a small parade left William Welch Way to the step of the Memorial Building Monday, just before noon. Marching were members of the Framingham Boy Scouts and Framingham Girl Scouts, as well as family members and Veterans. Upon their arrival, the Scouts marched on to the steps of the Memorial Building and led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance to start the town's Memorial Day Ceremony. Framingham Chaplain Robert Anspach gave the invocation and then Framingham Veterans Agent Peter Harvell welcome everyone to the ceremony. State Rep. Tom Sannicandro and Selectman Jason Smith gave brief remarks. There was a scholarship presentation and then Harvell introduced the keynote speaker - …
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Students, Girl Scouts, Cub Scout, families and other volunteers placed more than 2,500 new flags on veterans graves and markers at Edgell Grove Cemetery Saturday morning
Dozens of volunteers helped Vietnam War veteran Mario Encarnacion replace worn flags on veterans' graves and markers at Edgell Grove Cemetery Saturday morning. Encarnacion, who served in the Army's Airborne Division, was wounded and awarded the Purple Heart Students from the Christa McAuliffe Regional Public Charter School, Framingham High School, Marian High School along with Framingham Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, families and other volunteers placed more than 2,500 flags in cemetery that was dedicated in 1848. The Girl Scouts were excited to help again for the second year. Several enjoyed finding markers of veterans who served in multiple wars and veterans who served during the Civil War. Annually, new flags are placed on the grave sites in…
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Two served well before September 11, two served within the last 10 years, and all four have vastly different perspectives on Sept. 11.
On the eve of the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, Framingham Patch asked four local veterans to reflect on what happened to our country that day and how America has changed in the intervening years. “You’re still trying to come to grips with it in the sense that your whole world turned upside down that day,” said Peter Harvell, Director of Veterans Services and Benefits for the Town of Framingham. Ten years later, the wars we are engaged in are being fought over ideologies, Harvell said. Targets are hard to pinpoint and are constantly shifting. “We’re used to finishing these things. You go to war and there’s a beginning and an end. This one seems to have no end.” But Larry Herson, a peacetime veteran who joined the Army Reserves in 1957 and…
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Cameron Middle School students collected 3,000 cans at lunch time to raise money for Framingham Veterans.
Cameron Middle School students collected 3,000 cans at lunchtime during the school year to help those who serve and protect our country. The cash collected from the deposit on the cans - $150 - was donated to the Framingham veterans. This is the third year that Cameron Middle students have donated money to veterans, said principal Judith Kelly. Teacher Paul McElearney acted as an advisor to the students' endeavor. Cameron eighth grade students Erick Davila and Nathaniel Lawton, both with military ties, recently presented the check to Framingham Veterans Agent Peter Harvell. Davila has a brother in the National Guard who was deployed to Afghanistan. Lawton, has an uncle from Framingham and an aunt in North Carolina in the military.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday's Memorial Day Ceremony honored those who gave their lives for their country. The event also recognized Paulette Metcalf, whose son Sgt. Scott J. Metcalf died in Iraq in 2008.
Early Monday morning, the town's Veterans Agent Peter Harvell, veterans and community members travelled by bus and by motorcycle to more than a half dozen cemeteries in town to honor those who gave their lives for their country. When they returned to the Memorial Building they were joined by Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts in a procession from William Welch Way, down the middle of the street to the steps of the Memorial Building led by Framingham Firefighters, Local 1652. Inside Selectmen Chair Jason Smith, Town Manager Julian Suso and State Rep. Chris Walsh all spoke. Walsh recognized Paulette Metcalf, whose son Sgt. Scott J. Metcalf died inIraq in 2008. The Framingham Veterans Council hols an essay contest in honor of Sgt.Metcalf , who …