Thursday June 01, 2017
Anyone who has been to Veterans Memorial Park on Dorset Street has had the honor of visiting the South Burlington Veterans Memorial and the Pathway of Honor, which features engraved pavers honoring veterans. But do you know who these individual veterans are and their personal stories of service and courage? Big Picture South Burlington is working to complete the circle of information by producing interviews about the veterans whose names appear on the individual pavers. Their plan is to create an interactive website, accessible at the park, which will feature video clips of interviews about the veterans. Their goal is to add “a depth of understanding” to the memorial.
Big Picture is a school within a school at South Burlington High School, where students learn through independent projects and internships. During the month of May, all Big Picture students participate in a month long project. One of their selected topics this year is veteran’s affairs, which is the inspiration for the interactive website. The students are currently in the midst of interviewing veterans, like World War II veteran Lenny Roberge, or family members of veterans who have served their country. By telling these personal stories, the students say they hope to enhance awareness of each veteran’s service and sacrifice as well as highlighting the struggle some veterans encountered when returning from active duty. The students’ further goal is that they will be able to hand off the project to future classes so the project continues to grow and have a lasting impact.
To find out more about the project, visit bigpicturesb.net. According to Big Picture advisor Christine Lundie, individual pavers are still available for purchase. Funds raised go directly to maintaining the monuments and walkway.
Information regarding how to dedicate a paver to a veteran you want to honor can be found at www.sburlrecdept.com.