Quincy’s Bob Noble – a World War II Army veteran and former Prisoner of War – salutes as George Bouchard (left) and Robert LaFleur raise the American flag at Sunday’s Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 294, Memorial Day Observance at Flags for Veterans Island, Fort Square, Quincy. Noble was the keynote speaker at the ceremony that was attended by more than 100 veterans, city officials and local citizens. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
At Sunday’s Memorial Day Observance at Flags for Veterans Island, the Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 294 dedicated two granite memorial benches. One bench was dedicated in memory of the Dunn Brothers – five deceased siblings who all served during World War II. James, Matthew and John Dunn served in the U.S. Army and Paul and Robert Dunn in the U.S. Navy. Another granite bench was dedicated in memory of Joseph W. Koch, a veteran of the U.S. Army and dedicated public servant in the City of Quincy. Pausing at Joseph Koch’s memorial bench are his brother, Mayor Thomas Koch (far right) with his wife, Christine, and their children Cornelius, Thomas Jr. and Abigail. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
Flags of the Cyril P. Morrisette Post 294, The American Legion; Squadron 294 of the Sons of the American Legion, and Morrisette Post Ladies Auxiliary were placed in memory of all deceased members at the base of the sign for “Flags for Veterans Island” at School and Pleasant Streets, Quincy. Pausing and saluting are (from left) Paul Moody, commander, SAL; Morrisette Post Past Commander Robert LaFleur; Auxiliary President Pam Norton and George Bouchard, Past Commander, Morrisette Legion Post.
After Sunday’s ceremony, Quincy Sun Publisher Robert Bosworth (right) and his wife, Amy, presented Bob Noble with two keepsakes of his trip to Arlington National Cemetery in April when Mr. Noble placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. One keepsake is a framed Front Page of the Quincy Sun from the April 16th edition showing Bob placing the wreath at the tomb. They also presented a photo album with pictures from the wreath-laying ceremony. The Bosworths were among a group of nearly 40 family and friends who joined Bob and his family on the trip to Washington, D.C. and Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA. Photo by Alicia Gardner