Scouts ensure Northborough’s veterans are not forgotten

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By Kelly Burneson, Contributing Photographer

Charles Frankian, assistant scout master and troop historian, tells the scouts of how friends that went to war together were often laid to rest next to each other. (l to r) Kevin Tucker, Thomas Rabideau, Ryan Cavanaugh, Brayden and sister Hadley D’Anborosio, Ryan Grandpre, Brahm Vanantwerp and Peter Wixted.

Northborough – Gerard W. Bourque, service officer for the Vincent F. Picard American Legion Post 234, and members of Boy Scout Troop 101, worked together May 19, placing 803 flags on the graves of veterans at the Howard Street Cemetery.

On the cool, overcast Saturday morning, the scouts were quiet and respectful as they ensured every veteran, from 1812 to the present day, including Army Specialist Brian K. Arsenault, who was killed in action in Ghazni, Afghanistan, Sept. 4, was respectfully honored.

The gravesite of Army Specialist Brian K. Arsenault, a soldier from Northborough who was killed in action in Ghazni, Afghanistan, Sept. 4.
(l to r) Peter Wixted, Ryan Grandpre and Thomas Rabideau
Brayden D’Anborosio places a flag in a holder.
Brahm Vanantwerp takes the time to properly place the flag at the site of the French family’s gravesite.
Army veteran Gerard W. Bourque, service officer for the Vincent F. Picard American Legion Post 234, speaks to the Boy Scout Troop 101 about the importance of placing the flags to remember and honor our veterans.