Many helped on 'Heroes Among Us'
This past Memorial Day, I was totally surprised at being honored with the presentation of the Edward "Ted" Cole Award for 2010 during the rededication exercises at the Andover Memorial Building.
Since those who knew of the award ahead of time were able to keep it a secret from me, I was totally taken back and had no time to make any appropriate acceptance speech. As I look back, I realize that I was extremely remiss in not thanking those who worked with me as a team to make "Heroes Among Us - Book 1" the great success it was.
It was definitely a team effort and involved many dedicated people: The capable staff in the Andover Senior Center who set up and executed the reception and interview session on April 24, 2009. The Andover veterans who served as interviewers at that session and Dave MacDonald who helped me conduct the "at home" interviews with those who could not attend the reception. Barbara Innes and Dan Tremblay who recorded the veterans and events of the day. Pat Bales who was a true professional in performing the editing of the written words. Gary Morse of Morse Printing, who created a professionally printed book. All these people contributed significantly to the success of the project but I cannot overlook the direction, guidance and advice offered by Mike Burke, the Andover Veterans Services Officer.
The creation of this book has been one of the most meaningful efforts I have ever contributed to and the rewards of getting to know these veterans and being able to document their stories will never be forgotten. I also thank all those who thought of me when selecting the recipient of this prestigious award. It is a significant fact that I knew Ted Cole quite well, as a veteran and as a Mason, and I now proudly display his award.
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