Soldier honored at Walpole fountain rededication
By Matt Collette, Boston Globe
Nov 08, 2008
As Andrew Bacevich, a Boston University professor, West Point graduate, and Vietnam War veteran, stood before about 200 residents at the rededication of the Bird Fountain on the Town Common this morning, he recalled when his fallen son, Army Lieutenant Andrew Bacevich, was brought back from Iraq last year. Thousands of people had lined the streets as the funeral procession for the 27-year-old passed through the center of town.
"We were profoundly moved by that gesture of respect," said Bacevich. The family felt they had to give back to the community, he said, and donated $5,000. Lieutenant Bacevich was killed on May 13, 2007, Mother's Day, after an IED exploded in Iraq.
The town used the family's donation to renovate the C.S. Bird Fountain , which had been dry for decades. Dozens of Walpole residents donated their time, resources, and money to transform the public space, which had fallen into disrepair.
"These gifts – one of generosity and the other, the giving of one's own life for the freedom of others – will be here at Town Common forever," Boynton said. "To our community and our nation, there will always be the life of Andrew Bacevich."
... After Veterans Day, the fountain will be shut off and winterized, said Boynton. "Come springtime, it will flow again," said Boynton. "And I assure you, it will flow forever."http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaki ... p_Emailed4