|Posted by Sean Riley on September 28, 2019 at 12:15 AM|
Last night at our regularly scheduled Kiwanis Club meeting, we were honored to have East Bridgewater's newly appointed Veterans’ Service Office, Chris Buckley, as our guest speaker.
Chris has served our country proudly in Bosnia in 2000, two tours of duty each in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2000 and 2008, with 22 years of military experience.
Chris expressed his desire to support every veteran, no matter who, and no matter where they served…whether it’s as simple as getting an ID card for them or something more complicated. “Whatever he can do” for them is how he explained it.
Chris spoke about an interesting photo he found in town hall dating back to September 27, 1919, 100 years old today. In it are 149 (2 of them were woman) local soldiers, leaving for war with a hero’s send off. (Remarkably 147 returned). That number comprised of 79 East Bridgewater residents. Considering the population of between 1,200 and 1,500, 79 soldiers was a very high percentage. 16 of those soldiers the American Legion Post 91. It is interesting to note, 6 of the soldiers in this photo are also memorialized in East Bridgewater’s WWII Memorial.
The photo will be hung outside his office for anyone who wants to view it. Chris believes strongly that children today, the same age of these men and women were then, need to be told and understand told of their sacrifices. Sacrifices that were made so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we have today.
Chris’ passion for Veteran’s Affairs is evident when he speaks about it. And we want to thank him for taking the time out to share his stories with the Kiwanis Club of East Bridgewater.
East Bridgewaters Kiwanis President, Dale Julius and Veterans Service Officer, Chris Buckley
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