The Importance of Remembrance – Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project

The Importance of Remembrance
Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project

Dear reader,
As you can see in the news, the War on Terror has been winding down for some time. The bulk of United States troops in Iraq as well as Afghanistan have been pulled out. In the coming years, the individual stories of veterans will be a subject that will not gain much media coverage. With the lack of coverage and attention, veterans’ stories will not be seen as either too relevant or too important.

Personally, I could not stand to see this happen. Many people now simply don’t think much of our military, as we are fighting on soil in some other country on the other side of the globe. But as George Santayana once said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. The War on Terror is a conflict as important as any other fought by our troops, and remembering its history is crucial.

I have been thoroughly impacted by these thoughts, and I have been wanting to take action for some time, which is why for my Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project, I intend to interview as many veterans as possible from this era and make their interviews easily accessible to the public so that people do not forget the sacrifices our troops have made in the recent years.

In every Eagle Scout Leadership Service project, there is a requirement that calls for the future Eagle Scout to somehow educate the local community. To take things one step further, I will be giving to several local middle schools to educate the youth of our nation about our veterans and their sacrifices, as well documenting the information gathered here, in the Manchester Public Library.

I would like to say thank you for taking the time to read this, and below my signature are the list of all of the veterans I have surveyed and/or interviewed. Below each of the veterans’ respective names is a link that will take you to a PDF of their survey, and below is a link to the YouTube channel I have created for this project, which contains all of the audio and video interviews I have managed to record on this project. Thank you, for remembering our veterans.

Respectfully,

Life Scout Jack Carlson, B.S.A.
Junior Assistant Scoutmaster
Troop 3 Manchester
The Spirit of Adventure Council, Great Eastern District

The Importance of Remembrance ESLSP YouTube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC12yEYouoFqd9scb3TQF01g

Veterans Interviewed:

Abram, Francis – United States Army
Survey – Francis Abram

Balzarini, Jason A. – United States Army
Survey – Jason A. Balzarini

Barbato, Richard – United States Army
Survey – Richard Barbato

Bonds, Adam – United States Navy
Survey – Adam Bonds

Borge, Mark G. – United States Navy
Survey – Mark G. Borge

Brzychcy, Ed – United States Army
Survey – Ed Brzychcy

Brunnquell, Peter J. – United States Army
Survey – Peter J. Brunnquell

Castagna, James – United States Navy
Survey – James Castagna

Coughlin, Matthew – United States Coast Guard
Surveys – Tim Truitt, John Webb, Michael Paleli, Peter Vasta, Mike Figueredo, Tyre DuVernay, E.J., Paul Lehman, Shawna Robertson, Dana Humphrey, Matthew Coughlin

Curcuru, Adam J. – United States Marine Corps
Survey – Adam J. Curcuru

DuVernay, Tyre – United States Coast Guard
Surveys – Tim Truitt, John Webb, Michael Paleli, Peter Vasta, Mike Figueredo, Tyre DuVernay, E.J., Paul Lehman, Shawna Robertson, Dana Humphrey, Matthew Coughlin

E.J. – United States Coast Guard
Surveys – Tim Truitt, John Webb, Michael Paleli, Peter Vasta, Mike Figueredo, Tyre DuVernay, E.J., Paul Lehman, Shawna Robertson, Dana Humphrey, Matthew Coughlin

Figueredo, Michael – United States Coast Guard
Surveys – Tim Truitt, John Webb, Michael Paleli, Peter Vasta, Mike Figueredo, Tyre DuVernay, E.J., Paul Lehman, Shawna Robertson, Dana Humphrey, Matthew Coughlin

Galli Sr., Michael – United States Air Force
Survey – Michael Galli, Sr.

Gothie, Michael – United States Navy
Survey – Michael Gothie

Humphrey, Dana – United States Air Force/United States Coast Guard
Surveys – Tim Truitt, John Webb, Michael Paleli, Peter Vasta, Mike Figueredo, Tyre DuVernay, E.J., Paul Lehman, Shawna Robertson, Dana Humphrey, Matthew Coughlin

Jones, Robert – United States Navy
Survey – Robert Jones

Lehman, Paul – United States Coast Guard
Surveys – Tim Truitt, John Webb, Michael Paleli, Peter Vasta, Mike Figueredo, Tyre DuVernay, E.J., Paul Lehman, Shawna Robertson, Dana Humphrey, Matthew Coughlin

Machado, Jeffrey – United States Army
Survey – Jeffrey Machado

Maloney, Kyle J. – United States Army
Survey – Kyle J. Maloney

Paleli, Michael – United States Coast Guard
Surveys – Tim Truitt, John Webb, Michael Paleli, Peter Vasta, Mike Figueredo, Tyre DuVernay, E.J., Paul Lehman, Shawna Robertson, Dana Humphrey, Matthew Coughlin

Ray, Jared T. – United States Army
Survey – Jared T. Ray

Robertson, Shawna – United States Coast Guard
Surveys – Tim Truitt, John Webb, Michael Paleli, Peter Vasta, Mike Figueredo, Tyre DuVernay, E.J., Paul Lehman, Shawna Robertson, Dana Humphrey, Matthew Coughlin

Russo, Anthony – United States Navy
Survey – Anthony Russo

Talbot, Edmond – United States Army
Survey – Edmond Talbot

Truitt, Timothy – United States Coast Guard
Surveys – Tim Truitt, John Webb, Michael Paleli, Peter Vasta, Mike Figueredo, Tyre DuVernay, E.J., Paul Lehman, Shawna Robertson, Dana Humphrey, Matthew Coughlin

Vasta, Peter – United States Coast Guard
Surveys – Tim Truitt, John Webb, Michael Paleli, Peter Vasta, Mike Figueredo, Tyre DuVernay, E.J., Paul Lehman, Shawna Robertson, Dana Humphrey, Matthew Coughlin

Webb, John – United States Army
Surveys – Tim Truitt, John Webb, Michael Paleli, Peter Vasta, Mike Figueredo, Tyre DuVernay, E.J., Paul Lehman, Shawna Robertson, Dana Humphrey, Matthew Coughlin

Whittredge, Steven – United States Army
Survey – Steven Whittredge

April 29, 2016

Come by the Library on Friday, April 29th at 5:30 PM to enjoy a film that gave Maggie Smith a nomination for a Golden Globe. It tells the true story of Mary Shepherd, or ‘Miss S.,’ an eccentric elderly woman who, in the early 1970′s, lived in a dilapidated van on English playwright Alan Bennett’s driveway in London for 15 years after Bennett befriended her and started to see the world through her eyes. The film stars Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings and Jim Boradbent. Bring your own drink, the Library will provide popcorn. This movie is rated PG-13 and anyone under 13 must have a parent or guardian fill out a permission slip available at the Library’s circulation desk.

The History of the Coast Guard in Massachusetts with John Galluzzo
On Thursday, April 28th at 6:30 PM the Manchester Library will welcome the author of multiple “Images of America” books, John Galluzzo. He will be giving a visual presentation on the history of the Coast Guard in Massachusetts for next month’s community reads book The Finest Hours by Michael Tougias. Though he is the author or co-author of more than thirty books, mostly on the local history of the towns south of Boston, he contributes regularly to South Shore Living, Ships Monthly and other magazines. Additionally he is the editor of the United States Life-Saving Service Heritage Association magazine, Wreck & Rescue Journal, and serves as the Awards Committee Chairman for the Foundation for Coast Guard History.

The Library will close at 2 PM on Saturday, April 16th for the annual carpet cleaning. the Library is also closed on Monday,  April 18th for the Patriot’s Day Holiday. It will reopen on Tuesday, April 19th from 1PM-8PM.

The Library has closed at 2 PM due to the Weather. The Library will reopen on Saturday, February 6th from 9 AM  to 5 PM. Additionally the Movie for tonight, “Bridge of Spies” , has been cancelled.

The Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library, Rockport Public Library, Manchester-By-The-Sea Public Library, and TOHP Burnham Library Essex are pleased to announce and launch a yearlong community reading program – Cape Ann Reads – designed around the creation of a single new original picture book!

A year of picture book themed workshops for families and adults are offered to encourage community creativity, regional collaboration and family literacy through picture books. All programs are free and open to the public.

In addition Cape Ann Reads is holding a children’s picture book contest! It is open to Cape Ann residents of all ages, students attending school on Cape Ann and people who work on Cape Ann. To learn more please check out the Cape Ann Reads website!

 

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Author Visit with Gerry Boyle
On Thursday, January 28th at 6:30 PM the Library will welcome mystery writer Gerry Boyle for an author talk. He has written more than a dozen novels that take place around Maine. His books include the popular mystery series featuring the freelance journalist-detective Jack McMorrow. Gerry’s own history in reporting small-town crimes would serve as inspiration for his first novel, Deadline. In addition to mystery novels he also writes articles for the magazine Down East.

The Library will continue the second year of screening monthly movie series of award nominated adult films beginning on Friday, January 8th at 5:30 PM. Starting off this year’s movie nights is “Spy”, a hilarious comedy about a desk-bound CIA analyst who goes undercover to help infiltrate and prevent a diabolical global disaster. This movie stars Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jude Law and Jason Stratham. Bring your own drink, the Library will provide popcorn. To register you can call the Library at (978)526-7711. This movie is rated R and anyone under 18 must have a parent or guardian fill out a permission slip available at the circulation desk.

The Friends of the Library will have a Holiday Book Sale at the Library on Saturday, December 4th! Stop by for some great reads and cider!

Christmas-by-the-Sea Child Care During Shopping Evening

Friday, December 4, 2015 from 5 PM

The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and the Manchester Essex Regional High School (MERHS) Green Team are teaming up in support of the Christmas-by-the-Sea shopping evening by providing child care services during that time!

  • Drop off children at the side door of the Manchester Public Library, the Children’s Room entrance beginning at 5 PM.  Cell phone numbers must be provided at the time of drop off.
  • Minimum donation: $10 per child with a family maximum of $30 for the evening.
  • The Green Team will entertain the children by providing arts & crafts, games, movie, etc. Adult chaperones will be available.
  • Light refreshments provided
  • Children may be picked up anytime prior to 9 PM.

Proceeds Proceeds support the MERHS Green Team.