VFW Post 10722 Dedicates Granite Bench for Those ‘Who Gave it All’

September 23, 2016


by Doug Robinson

Comrades of the John H. Hargreaves Memorial VFW Post 10722 recently dedicated a polished black granite bench to the Town of Pelham as a remembrance for all those who have lived in Pelham, and who “gave it all” for their country commented Jörg Druesicke, District 6 Commander Department, NH Quartermaster/Adjutant Post 10722.

Surrounded by veterans, family members and residents of Pelham, the bench was dedicated at the entrance of town hall.  “The names of our fallen comrades” were engraved “on the bench as a memorial to their ultimate sacrifice,” continued Dreusicke.

VFW Post member and Chairman of the Bench of Tribute project, Ray Burnell, Navy, stated, “After our work has finished, it will be our job to make this memorial work by not just looking as you pass by, but stop and read the names.  Educate your children of the sacrificed of these Pelham veterans that gave their all for freedoms we enjoy today.

“Do not let them be forgotten, teach your children that it is the American Veteran that surrenders years for their lives and who is also willing to die for the freedom that is enjoyed in the United States of America.  The price paid by the veterans that are listed on this bench can never be repaid, but only honored by not forgetting these true American heroes.”

While future contributions to the project will be used for the VFW’s Relief Fund, a fund established to assist veterans in needs, those who donate will be included in the overall contribution list of the memorial bench project.