The idea for this scholarship was originally suggested by Nina Pantaleoni Weil after she attended a memorial service at Veterans memorial Park in Metuchen, NJ. She recruited me to the project which I've enjoyed since it's given me an opportunity to re-connect with many of my classmates and to learn new things (like creating this blog). Mary Ann Barta Enchura, Claudia Compton Connolly and Joe Zarinsky all helped to assemble a mailing list of Metuchen High School classmates. And Karen Herold Rubarski and Peter Schultz provided lots of helpful feedback as we worked to establish this scholarship fund.
My memory wanes as I age, but when I think about the sixties I'm reminded of tumultuous times - the Civil Rights Movement, Woodstock, the Vietnam War. One important lesson I think we, as a country, learned from those years was that whether or not you support our current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the men and women who serve our country in the military deserve our greatest respect and gratitude. When I look at the high school graduation pictures of Charlie and Rich, it saddens me to think they sacrificed so much. Since I retired I've discovered an interest in American history. Some of my favorite books are John Adams (David McCullough), Team of Rivals (Doris Kearns Goodwin) and American Lion (John Meacham). These books made me more aware that the freedoms we enjoy came with a price.
I've received many touching comments from classmates and contributors to the scholarship fund. Click here if you'd like to view a summary of these comments.