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December 20, 2013

Our view: Cheers, no jeers, for local newsmakers

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“I never expected this to happen,” said Laura Pacheco, Dominick’s mother. “I can’t thank them enough for what they’ve given us ... for Dom to have his freedom.”

Fundraising efforts will continue until enough money is raised to modify the van for Dominick’s wheelchair. Given the way the community has come forward, it shouldn’t take long.

CHEERS to our friend and colleague Morley Piper of Essex, the longtime newspaper association executive who spoke at the launch for our “Salute to Veterans” book last Thursday at our office in Beverly.

Piper, who wrote a chapter for the book, spoke about his experience landing on Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944, as a 19-year-old Army second lieutenant. It was an understated but unflinching account of the horrors of that day and of war in general and a tribute to the incredible bravery and sense of duty of the men who turned the tide against Nazi Germany.

Piper said that for years he and other combat veterans of World War II would not talk of what they saw, did and felt because they did not want to revive those memories. He believes the survivors now have an obligation to tell their stories because they are a part of our history. Piper said he can now admit without shame that he trembled and shook and, yes, wept as a young man fighting for his life, as well as his country, during the days after landing in France.

May Piper’s example and “Salute to Veterans” encourage others to speak — and the rest of us to honor them for their service.

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