Below is the monument we will dedicate as the final part of Operation Remember. The dedication will take place on May 24th at 11 PM at 350 Lynn Fells Parkway. The monument is truly a community effort with the students, John Gately, Rock of Ages and the Melrose DPW all joining forces with labor and money to make the effort possible. Operation Remember students will read the biographies of the men found on this stone as part of the dedication ceremony. Traditional military honors will also be rendered.
1.) Melrose and Mass State Police escort to the Mass Pike
2.) Visiting the WWII Memorial with WWII veterans Bob Fuller and John Melaragni
3.) Laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery
4.) Visiting and honoring the grave of Melrose resident and Medal of Honor Recipient Walter Monegan at Arlington National Cemetery
5.) Reading the names of the Melrose KIA from the Vietnam War at the National Vietnam Memorial
6.) Holding a special ceremony honoring the Melrosians who fell during the Korean War at the National Korean War monument. Additionally, hearing the inspiring words of Korean War veteran Joe Sullivan
7.) Hearing the biographies of all of the veterans who attended the trip on the bus road home and learning that our friends all had significant contributions to the nation
8.) Hearing patriotic songs on the bus by the Operation Remember students and Irish music sung by WWII veteran Bob Fuller (made the bus drive much shorter!)
I would also like to include the following quote from a letter sent by WWII veteran John Melaragni. He said after the trip:
"It's unfortunate that our media can only report bad things about our young people and very seldom report about the good ones. There are lots of good young people in this country. This weekend I met an awful lot of them both on our bus and at the memorials. I met many, many young people who came up to me to give me a hug or to shame my hand and thank me for my service. Nobody forced them to do that, they did it because they truly appreciate the sacrifices that were made and wanted to acknowledge their appreciation. I used to worry about the future of our country, but after this trip I'm at peace. I'm convinced it will be in good hands."
Thanks to everyone who made this once-in-a-lifetime experience for our students and our veterans.
We will never forget