Franklin July 2017
Vol. 8 No. 6 Free to Every Home and Business Every Month July 2017 The Voice of Your Community PRSRT STD ECRWSS U.S. POSTAGE PAID Taunton, MA Permit No. 92 Postal Customer Local Honor Flight Honors Two Local Veterans By Marjorie Turner Hollman Franklin WWII veteran Al Lewis, along with Korean War veteran Bob Weidman, recently traveled together on an Honor Flight from Logan airport to Washington D.C. Both men traveled with their sons, Steve Lewis, a firefighter in Franklin, and Patrick Weidman, owner of Grove Street Auto repair. Like many other veterans, neither Weidman nor Lewis were looking for accolades. It took persistent requests from their children to persuade the men to agree to participate in the event. Both Steve Lewis and Jean Weidman Bradley described the reluctance of their parents to take part in this event. Jean changed her father’s mind when she finally insisted, “You have to go, Dad.” Steve Lewis shifted his dad’s mind when he offered, “How about if I go with you?” But afterwards, both Weidman and Lewis spoke of the entire experience as beyond description. Franklin firefighter Steve Lewis was so impressed with his father, Al’s experience with Honor Flight that he hopes to persuade local groups to support the effort. Back, Left to Right, Steve Lewis, Patrick Weidman, front, left to right Al Lewis, Bob Weidman, all Franklin residents, contributed photo Honor flights transport by chartered plane 60 veterans, each with a personal guardian, on a whirlwind one-day trip from Boston to Baltimore airport and back. From Baltimore, they are taken by bus with police escort to the WWII memorial, then Arlington National Cemetery, where they witness the changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier. After these two stops they visit numerous other memorials in Washington D.C. before returning that night to Logan. But the trip itself is only half of the story. From the moment these veterans arrive at the airport, they are greeted by bands, flags, family members, friends, the entire Fire Brigade at Logan airport, Police, Boy and Girl Scout troops, and excited fellow travelers, all eager to wish them well. Upon arrival in Baltimore, volunteers for Honor Flight New England, (part of the national Honor Flight network) were waiting to greet the veterans again. Al Lewis spotted the crowd waiting for them in Baltimore and asked his son Steve, “What, again?” Steve’s response: “Get used to it Dad.” Steve overheard another veteran say, “Now I know how Frank Sinatra felt!” Bob Weidman noted that this response was quite different from when he returned home from Korea, where he served as VETERANS continued on page 3 Third Annual Franklin Cultural Festival July 26-29 Franklin organizations are gearing up for some great arts and entertainment in the Third Annual Franklin Cultural Festival, which will take place from Wednesday, July 26th to Sat- CULTURAL continued on page 7 Kids. Arts. Play On! CALL US AND WE’LL GET YOUR HOME SOLD! 55 W Central Street, Franklin (508) 520-1600 Optical Shop On-Site 508-528-3344 391 East Central Street Franklin, MA 02038 www.RealLivingRealtyGroup.com MILFORD - FRANKLIN EYE CENTER John F. Hatch, M.D. Roger M. Kaldawy, M.D. Kameran Lashkari, M.D. Excellent Eye Care for the Entire Family YOUR EYES DESERVE THE BEST Saturday & After Hours Available OFFERING BLADE-FREE LASER CATARACT SURGERY 508-473-7939 160 South Main St (Rt 140) Milford, MA 01757 Barbara Todaro Franklin School for the Performing Arts 508/528-8668 • www.FSPAonline.com Free Market Analysis Listing Agents are Marketing Agents I Market For The Todaro Team 508-520-9881 Call Me...I’ll Set You Up With The Best!!!