As a kid, Gregory Aloysius Noonan would meet up with his best friend Tom McKnight and head to the miner road bridge to fish and crack jokes.
As they grew older and the Vietnam War came, Noonan was far from that brook. But he was there with pride, defending the United States of America. He was quite decorated too.
In the latter part of William Stickney's career, he struggled to walk.
Then Superintendent of Schools William Travis remembers seeing Stickney sitting on the stairs in the Mercer Building, using his arms to push himself up one stair at a time as he attempted to get to his office. That was Stickney's dedication to the belief that all adults deserved a second chance.
In the 100th years since World War 1 came to an end, state officials and veterans groups have rededicated the War Memorial Tower.
The Veterans War Memorial Tower is now designated as a national monument by the U.S. World War 1 Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum and Library.
A few hundred people braved Saturday's bitter cold for the dedication of a plaque and stone in his honor at the North Adams Armory Center. DeMarsico's life was cut short in 2012 during a patrol in Afghanistan. He was walking point along the road, searching for improvised explosive devices.
DeMarsico, 20, was killed five years ago by a roadside bomb while on patrol in Afghanistan. His death prompted an outpouring of grief from the community over the loss of the young sports enthusiast and Drury High graduate.
What sets Atwood apart from the many others lying next to him in Hill Side Cemetery are three remarkable minutes in his largely unremarkable life.
Atwood probably didn't think much of those three minutes at the time; most of his contemporaries didn't either. And even the individual who spoke during those three minutes thought "the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here."
The gardens at the Mary Spitzer Center got a little bit bigger on Tuesday with the dedication of a variegated dogwood near the south entrance.
This bush, however, was special in that it also carried the memories of departed loved ones, their names written on small cards cut out in the form of doves.