Topics: Veterans

Orleans To Take A Fresh Look At Its War Memorials

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — The veterans memorial stones at Academy Place help townspeople remember those who fought in the nation's wars. And now the time has come to remember the stones themselves. Kevin Higgins, who chairs the Veterans and Memorial Day committee, and member General Jimmy Dishner appeared at last week's selectmen's meeting to ask for approval “to take a long, hard look at the entire memorial,” in the chairm...

ORLEANS — For Charlie McFarlane, the senior center is a good place to visit. The Air Force veteran, who's 86, started coming to a chair fitness class several years ago and now regularly attends Day Center programs. “I haven't met a soul that wasn't a nice person,” said McFarlane. “What's interesting about this place is that it's like someone's standing at the front door saying, 'Come in.'” On Nov. 7 at 11...

HARWICH – Robert Perry stared in amazement at his transformed back yard. What had been an area choked with weeds, cluttered with items ready for the dump, and shaded by overgrown saplings just hours before was now weed free, with trash and trees removed, sunlight dappling the freshly raked space. All the work was done by volunteers taking part in the ninth Annual Big Fix, which this year bettered the homes, and l...

CHATHAM — A stroll around Chatham reveals lots of war memorials, including ones for World War II, Vietnam and Korea. But nowhere are the town’s Revolutionary War veterans honored. “We did have a Chatham presence before and during the revolution,” said selectmen Chairman Dean Nicastro, who asked the board to consider supporting the creation of a new memorial. Chatham never hosted a large battle and didn’t sen...

CHATHAM — On a weekend filled with the sounds of sizzling hamburgers and joyful family gatherings, a group of citizens took time to hear the stories of fallen veterans, the report of a rifle salute, and the mournful strains of Taps. More than 150 people attended Chatham’s Memorial Day observance at the community center Monday. SPC Ted Miller, U.S. Army, Ret., led the commemoration, and provided a “virtual to...

HARWICH – Nearly 50 years ago, Army Lt. Richard Rogers, who grew up and attended school in Harwich, was killed in action in Vietnam in Long Binh province. Last Saturday morning, in the bright sunshine with a light breeze fluttering the large and small American flags on display, dozens of Harwich officials and residents, old and young, turned out to recognize the service of this decorated hometown soldier by re...

Memorial Day Message Honors Sacrifice And Commitment

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The damp weather did not deter participation in the Memorial Day Ceremony held in Brook Parks on Monday. Speaker Major Gregory Quilty emphasized honoring the sacrifice of soldiers and the importance of commitment to country. Quilty served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 20 years as an officer and helicopter pilot. His foreign service included Beirut, Lebanon in 1982-83, where he received the Sikorski He...

Click here for a slideshow of Memorial Day photos. ORLEANS — On a cold, misty morning, citizens mustered at Town Cove to honor the community's war dead. Some were in full-dress uniform; some wore shorts, heedless of the cool, damp breeze off the water. They gathered closer as the police department's chaplain, the Rev. Sally Norris, asked them to “give thanks for those who have give...

Chatham, Harwich And Orleans Hold Memorial Day Ceremonies

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

Residents of Chatham, Harwich and Orleans will mark Memorial Day next Monday, May 28, in separate ceremonies in each of the towns.   Chatham Residents will gather in the community center at 10 a.m. to remember those who gave their lives for their country. Public Ceremonies Committee member Ted Miller will be master of ceremonies. Participants will members of the Chatham VFW and American Legion, Chat...

ORLEANS — The three men's names are set apart from the others on the town's World War II memorial. They appear under the words “DIED IN SERVICE.” We can never know what lives S. Hilton Atwood, Albert P. Nassi, and Allen B. Walker would have lived, but by following the thread of one's man's story and that of his survivors, we may better understand his sacrifice. Albert Nassi was born into a world of music....

Towns Plan Veterans Day Observances Saturday

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

Like communities across the nation, Lower Cape towns are planning their Veterans Day observances Saturday. All of the activities happen at 11 a.m., the 11 th hour of the 11 th day of the 11 th month, when the armistice was signed that ended World War I 99 years ago. In Chatham , the ceremony will take place inside the community center. Participants will include local members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars...

CHATHAM – Seventy years after the D-Day invasion, retired Army Colonel John Wessmiller had the opportunity to return to the place where, as a young officer, he escaped a run-in with German soldiers that destroyed his unit, bluffed his way back to Allied lines and was serious wounded by an enemy shell. By visiting the Normandy countryside where the experiences occurred as well as the graves of his fallen comrades,...

Showers forced Chatham's annual Memorial Day ceremony into the community center Monday. Despite the inclement weather, more than 100 people showed up to honor those who served in the country's military in services which included color guards from the U.S. Coast Guard and Chatham VFW, as well as local girl and boy scouts and town officials.   Click here to see a gallery of photos ...

EAST HARWICH — Biology students from Monomoy Regional High School got waist-deep in science last week during a cooperative research project held at Pleasant Bay Community Boating. The teens collected marine life from the bay and its shoreline, taking tiny samples for DNA testing. Part of the “Bioblitz” project organized by Northeastern University's Ocean Genome Legacy Center, the effort aims to preserve a ge...

HARWICH — Rain did not dampen the Memorial Day spirit as more than 150 people attended the ceremony, moved from Brooks Park to the community center on Monday morning. The trip to the community center was a worthy one, as Staff Sgt. Jeremy Armstrong, a 2003 graduate of Harwich High School, who served for seven years as a U.S. Army Cavalry Scout and is now a non-commissioned officer serving as an Infantry Squad ...