Aldermen Honor Operation Respect Students

Ward 7 Alderman Scott Forbes, Veterans Services Director Alicia Reddin, and Representative Paul Brodeur with members of the Operation Respect group.

Ward 7 Alderman Scott Forbes, Veterans Services Director Alicia Reddin, and Representative Paul Brodeur with members of the Operation Respect group.

Ward 7 Alderman Scott Forbes offered a resolution recognizing the members of Operation Respect at the June 20 meeting of the Board of Aldermen. This is the fifth year that Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School students have raised money to bring a group of veterans to visit important war memorials. This year they focused on women veterans. The members of Operation Respect not only raise funds for the trips, they also work to raise awareness, and they accompany the veterans and document the trip. As the resolution noted, Donna Houle, Director of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, said that “she has never heard of a group of middle school students anywhere in the country that honors & recognizes women veterans in the manner Operation Respect does.”

“As a 20 year veteran, projects such as Operation Respect truly make me proud to be from Melrose,” said Alderman Forbes. “We continue to set the example for other communities when it comes to recognizing our local area veterans, and its great to see these projects growing in popularity year after year.”

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