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Good Deeds: We Remember Our Veterans

By William P. O’Donnell

Norfolk County Register of Deeds

Many Americans will never know what it is like to serve in the armed forces, risking lives for our country and facing the harsh realities of combat. The men and women who choose to join the military make incredible sacrifices, leaving behind their families and putting their own lives on the line to protect our freedom and way of life. This is something that we, as Americans, can sometimes take for granted. However, it is important to recognize and appreciate the immense courage and dedication that these individuals possess.

Having worked with the Veteran Affairs Boston Healthcare System in Brockton, West Roxbury, and Jamaica Plain through the “Suits for Success” program, I have seen first-hand how much it means to veterans when we do show our appreciation for their selflessness and commitment to serving our nation and recognize the sacrifices they and their fellow veterans have made for our collective well-being. It is our duty as citizens to honor and support our military members in any way we can.

On Wednesday, November 8, the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds will celebrate the veterans of Norfolk County with an open house and the release of our third volume of Notable Lands Records titled “We Remember Our Veterans.” The open house will run from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Registry of Deeds in Dedham. Admission is free and each person attending will receive a copy of the booklet.

This edition of Notable Lands Records is a tribute to the brave men and women of Norfolk County, from the Revolutionary War to present-day peacekeepers. The booklet features detailed stories of veterans throughout the 28 communities that make up Norfolk County. These individuals have led remarkable lives: several are Medal of Honor recipients; one was an experimental aircraft pilot; another served in three wars. The booklet outlines a history of the military branches as well as the four United States Presidents born in Norfolk County who served as commander-in-chief.

There will be much to celebrate that evening. Patriotic music will fill the air. Guests can stroll the Registry’s Great Hall and view the fascinating storyboards detailing the history of the various branches of the armed services, the contributions of veterans, and the significant ways a grateful nation honors its veterans. There is also a storyboard that lists the Norfolk County Medal of Honor recipients.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Jonathan Thomas at (781) 234-3305 or by email at [email protected]. The Registry of Deeds is located at 649 High Street in Dedham Center.