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The monument dedication will be held on Veteran's Day Monday Nov 12, 2018 (official program included in this story) at 1:00 PM


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This has been a long time coming

The American Legion Post # 8 will be dedicating a new monument at Tracy hall  to honor those who have defended our nation since 1975.

The Last group of veterans to be honored by a Town monument served during the Vietnam War, which ended on May 7, 1975.

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Late in 2013, The American Legion Lyman F. Pell Post # 8,  led by its then Commander, Jim Harlow vowed to recognize the men and women with a Norwich connection, who have honorably served in uniform at home or abroad, whether in wartime or peace time, in the active force, in the National Guard, or Reserve after the end of the Vietnam War", now some forty years ago.

The below link is a story of this project from the beginning with many photos showing the progress each step of the way.

https://dailyuv.com/feed/967288

The next step is the formal dedication of this monument, which will take place on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 1:00 Pm at Tracy hall in Norwich.

Here are the program details:

Norwich Honor Roll Monument Dedication

Commemorative Program


Monday


November 12, 2018    1:00 PM

Tracy Hall

Norwich, Vermont

  NORWICH HONOR ROLL MONUMENT COMMITTEE

Jim Maguire, Chair

Jim Harlow, Past Chair

Gary De Gasta

Jack Fraser

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A Dream Realized  

The Town of Norwich is understandably proud of the patriotic military service of generations of its citizens, dating from 1776 and the Revolutionary War, through World War I, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.  The last group of veterans to be honored by a Town monument served during the Vietnam War, which ended on May 7, 1975.

Late in 2013, the American Legion Lyman F. Pell Post #8, led by its then Commander, Jim Harlow, vowed to recognize the men and women with a Norwich connection, who have honorably served in uniform ‘at home or abroad, whether in wartime or peacetime, in the active force, in the National Guard, or Reserve, after the end of the Vietnam War, now some forty three years ago.  

Commander Harlow formed a Monument Committee consisting of himself, Gary De Gasta, Jack Fraser, Jim Maguire and Demo Sofronas, and charged Post #8 Legionnaires to explore the feasibility of creating a veterans monument to recognize the service of the Town’s brave citizens.

The Monument Committee held its initial meeting on January 6, 2014.  For nearly five years, during countless meetings and brain-storming sessions, the Committee conceptualized the monument’s shape and style; surveyed veterans; defined eligibility criteria; validated names; engaged in fund-raising and grant-writing; identified and selected vendors and contractors, and diligently worked to garner community input.  

Our community’s generosity and commitment to its veterans has made the Norwich Honor Roll Monumenta reality, and fulfilled Post #8’s dream to honor the military service of Norwich citizens who have defended our nation since 1975.

DEDICATION PROGRAM



1:00 p.m. Welcome….................Master of Ceremony, James M. Maguire, PhD., Chair, Monument Committee, American Legion Lyman F. Pell Post #8


1:05 p.m. National Anthem.................Robert Totz, Postmaster Sharon Retired

Color Guard...........American Legion Guyer/Carignan Post #22 , Lebanon, NH


1:10 p.m.  Invocation.........................Rev. Susan Gregory-Davis, Chaplain, VA Medical Center, White River Junction


1:15 p.m. Special Recognition of Guests..............James M. Maguire, PhD.

1:20 p.m.  Presentation of Flag Flown over US Capital to Post  #8.........Representative Tim Briglin and Representative Jim Masland

Presented by Representative Tim Briglin and Representative Jim Masland

Dedication Speakers

1:25 p.m.  Lyle Favreau, Commander,Lyman F. Pell American Legion Post #8

1:30 p.m. Herbert A. Durfee III, Norwich Town Manager

1:35 p.m. David Woodward, Commander, American Legion Department of Vermont


1:40 p.m. Pledge of Allegiance...................Lieutenant Colonel Kate Van Arman,  US Army Retired; Ginny Moore, teacher, and Marion Cross School students


1:45 p.m. Norwich Honor Roll Monument Unveiling.............Commander Lyle Favreau; Monument Committee Chair, Jim Maguire; Past Chair Jim Harlow and Committee members Gary De Gasta, Jack Fraser and Demo Sofronas

America the Beautiful.................Robert Totz


1:50  p.m. Benediction.......…...........Rev. Mary Brownlow, Pastor, Norwich Congregational Church

Recessional.....................Songs of the United States Armed Forces: A Musical Tribute to the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force and US Marines

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyKfr8G04Qc,  

  THANK YOU FOR COMING!


THANK YOU TO ALL THE MANY INDIVIDUAL DONORS, VOLUNTEERS, VETERANS AND NON-VETERANS ALIKE, WHOSE GENEROSITY HAS MADE POSSIBLE THE NORWICH HONOR ROLL MONUMENT


A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR MAJOR DONORS

Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation

Norwich Lions Club

Norwich Women’s Club

Vermont Veterans Fund

Howard ‘Jack’ Fraser

John and Shelley Hochreiter

Allison Moskow


OUR HEARTFELT THANKS TO THREE LOCAL CONTRACTORS FOR DONATING THEIR LABOR, TALENT, EQUIPMENT, PERSONNEL  AND SERVICES, WITHOUT WHICH WE COULD NOT HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THIS PROJECT

Thad Goodwin, Goodwin Construction, LLC

Ernie Parker, Parker Foundations, LLC

Tom Root, Tom Root and Sons Electrical Contractor


OTHER PROJECT CONTRIBUTORS

Town Manager Herb A. Durfee III  and the Town of Norwich for donating the Flag pole and the cooperation given to this project

E. C. Brown’s Nursery

Carroll Concrete

Department of Public Works, Town of Norwich

Rock of Ages

Mary Ann Holbrook, Norwich Woman’s Club

Ki Brown

Graham Webster

We hope you can join us for this special event and look forward to seeing many of you there.

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