Has everyone noticed the Veteran Banners hanging in the center of town? They are courtesy of James Molito, 17, a member of Whitman Boy Scout Troop 22.
James is a senior at Whitman-Hanson, and the banners are the result of his hard work and dedication in executing his Eagle Scout Project honoring Whitman’s Hometown Heroes.
James enlisted friends, family, and members of Troop 22 to collect bottles and cans to help raise funds for his project. He also held a Papa Gino’s fundraiser and used funds he earned working with his troop in a concession booth at Gillette Stadium. With the help of Whitman Veterans Agent Sara Lansing, and the local VFW Post 697, he met several Whitman veterans and their families interested in participating in the project. He contracted Sign Design Inc. of Brockton to print the banners, and with the guidance of Select Board Vice Chair Dan Salvucci and interim Town Administrator Frank Lynam, he was put in touch with the Whitman Fire Department Deputy Chief Al Cunningham to get the banners installed just in time for Veteran’s Day.
After the parade, James held a dedication ceremony in front of town hall where members of Troop 22 were present to serve refreshments and read biographies of each of the veterans being honored. Several of the “Hometown Heroes” were in attendance while others had family members there to accept their banner pictures. The weather was perfect, as was the day. To our hometown heroes: Maj. Michael Donahue, Cpl. Robert J. Durand, Jr., Capt. Amy Grable, Pfc. Paul Howard, IC3 Stephen Morse, SP4 Dennis McIntyre, S/Sgt. Jim Murphy, BM3 Richard ‘Al’ Rainey, Seaman Aaron R. Richardson, and Sgt. Quentin Yannus, thank you for your service.