Topics: Veterans

ORLEANS – A few years ago, the family of Bill Moore, a local Korean War veteran, came to Kevin Higgins asking that his name be included on the town’s Korean War memorial in Veterans Memorial Park. The plaque on the memorial was rebronzed to include Moore’s name, and its inclusion was recognized as part of the town’s annual Memorial Day ceremony. But Moore, who was in a wheelchair, could only observe the cer...

CHATHAM – Should the town be responsible for placing flags on the graves of veterans? Currently, the cemetery regulations expressly state that the town and the cemetery commission is not responsible for the placement of flags in the cemeteries. But with the department of public works taking over maintenance of the cemeteries, it may be time to change the regulations, according to cemetery commission members. ...

Harwich Honors The Nation's Veterans

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – A year ago, the pandemic precluded the traditional Veterans Day ceremony. But this year residents turned out in large numbers on Nov. 11 to honor and recognize the commitment of American service members past and present. Approximately 150 people attended the ceremony held at the Veterans Memorial in Island Pond Cemetery. “President Calvin Coolidge said long ago, ‘The nation which forgets its defen...

ORLEANS - Michael Mansfield might not be a household name, but for State Rep. Tim Whelan the nation's longest serving senate majority leader embodied what it was to be a veteran. From his time as a congressman and senator representing the state of Montana to his long tenure as U.S. Ambassador to Japan and his integral role in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Mansfield's credentials were many. But m...

Monomoy Students’ Bridge Project Honors Veterans

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The efforts of students in John Dickson’s eighth grade civics class at Monomoy Regional High School have been rewarded with the approval of legislation that honors and recognizes veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The students in the Project Citizen program pushed for legislation to have the Route 137 bridge over Route 6 designated the “Hidden Wounds Memorial Bridge.” Next...

Veterans Day Has Special Meaning For Two Local Families

By: Elizabeth Van Wye

Veterans Day has an especially powerful meaning for parents whose children are stationed overseas, frequently in harm's way. Krissy Frisbie's son Jonathan, a 2018 graduate of Monomoy High School, surprised the family on his 18th birthday. "He joined the Marines!" she recalled. "It was a surprise and at first I was worried, but now I'm very proud that he has chosen to serve his country." Jonathan, who was...

Unable, as we currently are, to come together to observe Memorial Day, we pause this week to remember one of our local veterans, the late U.S. Army Col. John Wessmiller of Chatham, whose story of bravery and sacrifice inspired us when we first learned of it years ago. A gentle man — polite, charismatic and of clear thought even in his old age — Col. Wessmiller served the country he loved with distinction. Reprin...

New Focus On Veterans Memorials At Academy Place

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — Townspeople remember the service of their military members every Memorial Day and Veterans Day at Academy Place, sometimes in such numbers that they spill out of the triangular piece of land at Route 28 and Main Street. Now there’s a plan to reorganize the monuments that recognize those who served in the nation’s conflicts and create a space well suited for reflection on their sacrifices. Memorial an...

CHATHAM – In 2002, Polly Goddard's nephew Will was stationed in Kuwait with the U.S. Army awaiting the start of the Iraq war. His brother, Parker, then 13, was looking for a way to boost Will's spirits, and after a chat with his aunt, an idea was born that has become a heartfelt tradition. As Goddard explained, Parker had been assigned a school service project but didn't have a clue what would work. He and his...

Veterans Serve And Protect Freedom And Values

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The message from Lt Col. Charles D. Carroll, USAF, Retired, was clear: The freedoms we enjoy in this country do not come from the efforts of religious leaders and politicians, but from the veterans who put their lives on the line. The Monomoy Regional High School Ladies A Capella Group sang patriotic songs at the Veterans Day ceremony.  ...

Volunteers Pitch In For Veteran In Need

By: Alan Pollock

NORTH HARWICH — When severe thunderstorms brought high winds and a tornado to the Lower Cape back in July, tree branches fell on a modest home in North Harwich, putting three holes in the roof. The owner, an 83-year-old Air Force veteran, didn't have the means to make repairs. Thanks to an army of volunteers and generous local companies, the roof got some TLC and the yard had a proper fall clean-up on Friday. ...

Veterans Are Front And Center Again At Ceremony

By: Ed Maroney , Barry Donahue

ORLEANS — Tales of service and sacrifice were shared at the town’s Veterans Day observance Monday. The audience of about 100 learned that National Anthem singer Hannah Novotny’s grandfather served in World War II, that former selectman and Navy veteran Jon Fuller’s vessel was on the gunline in North Vietnam, that middle school band director Megan Anthony’s family feared that her younger brother’s Black Hawk helic...

At Long Last, Coast Guard Honors One Of Its Fallen

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM —One-hundred-and-one years ago, 130 men were lost when the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa was torpedoed by a World War I German U-boat. This week, the family of one of those men received his Purple Heart. Admiral Andrew Tiongson, center, presents the Purple Heart certificate to Steven (left) and Brad Finch.  Congressman William Keating (behind) wa...

Honoring Vets With A Day Of Fishing

By: Alan Pollock

ORLEANS - When he was a young man, Mark Vecchione of Eastham loved to hang out at Rock Harbor and see the fishing boats. On Sunday, as they’ve done for the last decade since he was killed in action in Iraq, volunteers held a day-long fishing trip in his memory. The fleet had a proper send-off from those aboard the Gold Medal Lifeboat CG36500. MARCIA...