Topics: Veterans

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...

HARWICH — “For your tomorrow, we gave our today” are powerful words of sacrifice to reflect upon on Memorial Day. Those words are from an epitaph of a fallen American warrior, Sgt. Jeremy Armstrong told a large crowd gathered around the bandstand at Brooks Park Monday. Monomoy Regional Middle School seventh grade students Megan Crowe, Kathryn Neal a...

HARWICH — “For your tomorrow, we gave our today” are powerful words of sacrifice to reflect upon on Memorial Day. Those words are from an epitaph of a fallen American warrior, Sgt. Jeremy Armstrong told a large crowd gathered around the bandstand at Brooks Park Monday. Monomoy Regional Middle School seventh grade students Megan Crowe, Kathryn Neal a...

Special Town Meeting Called For VFW Proposal

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In a bid to circumvent a 164-year-old law that was rooted in religious bigotry, selectmen are going to unusual lengths to support the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post. That includes calling a special town meeting for May 14, the second night of the town’s annual town meeting. The Brown-James Buck VFW Post applied for $200,000 in historic preservation funds from the Community Preservation Act to ...