Latest Vision for Vietnam Veterans Plaque
In the fall of 2010 a Committee of local townspeople began planning a series of Veteran Memorial Plaques at local Medfield Schools. The program was developed to both honor hometown veterans and to foster a sense of linkage between students then and students now. The first task was completed last Memorial Day 2011 when Medfield held a moving celebration honoring our hometown WWII veterans who attended Hannah Adams Pfaff High School (HAPHS), now the Dale Street School. Subsequently on Veterans Day 2011 a second plaque was dedicated to honor Korean War Veterans who attended this school. Our efforts and the two plaques erected so far were beautifully exhibited on the cover of this year’s Annual Town Report.
The Committee which includes School Superintendent Bob Maguire, Nancy Kelly-Lavin from Lord’s Department Store, Town Historian Richard DeSorgher, Blake Middle School Principal Nat Vaughn, veterans and members of the American Legion Beckwith Post 110 Lee Tredway and Tony Centore, and Veteran Services Officer Ron Griffin is hard at work on their next and more daunting task of erecting a plaque honoring Vietnam War Veterans who were former students of Amos Clark Kingsbury High School (now the Blake Middle School).
The Committee is now planning a plaque to honor these Vietnam War Veterans. This is particularly poignant as this year we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. Recently the Committee was approached by Medfield Boy Scout Sam Marble, who came up with the idea of having the Vietnam Memorial located outside in the grassed circle between the baseball field and the Middle School. Sam’s plan, recently constructed, includes a paved walkway and a viewing area centered around the existing flagpole. Sam’s effort is part of his application for an Eagle Scout Award. The Committee now has a rendering (shown below) which shows the completed paved walkway and future monument with plaque all graciously prepared by Jim Cousens and Seymour Levy.
Town Historian Richard DeSorgher and Veteran Service Officer Ron Griffin are currently cross referencing student and veteran names to come up with a final list for a dedication on Veterans Day 2012. Persons or relatives who served during the Vietnam Era (Feb 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975) and attended the Amos Clark Kingsbury High School are encouraged to contact Ron Griffin at email@example.com or call him at (508) 906-3025) to be sure they are included on the Memorial.
Donations for this continuing and worthy project can still be made out to “Medfield Foundation” at 459 Main Street, Medfield MA. Please note on the check or enclosure “Veterans Plaque Fund.” Donations can also be dropped off at Lords. In addition the Committee hopes that all Medfield military veterans will participate in this important town project.