On a cool but pleasant Veterans Days about 80 people gathered at Buckland Park. The official ceremonies begun and ended with the posting and breaking of the colors by Boy Scout Troop 77.
Today’s ceremony was tinged with sadness as we observed a Moment of Silence and honored the memory of James R. Vogel, Colonel, USMC and Brighton Town Council Member, who died in October.
Jim was instrumental and tireless in creating the Veteran’s Memorial. At the very inception of the Memorial project, I attended one meeting in the basement of the Town Hall presided by Jim. Reflecting backwards, I realize how many evening hours Jim must have spent in that meeting room as the project inched towards its goal.
Congressman-elect Joe Morelle — leaving in a few hours for Washington, D.C. to be sworn into the 115 session of the US House of Representatives — recalled that no one asked him for more money than Jim. And, given the projects Jim supported, Joe never said no.
As seen in Memories of presidential visits on Election Day in Brighton, Jim told me the story of his attendance at JFK’s innagutration in 1961. At the time, Jim was in the navy, living in Ohio. In a stroke of good luck, he was assigned to Kennedy’s inauguration as a kind of liaison representing Ohio. Jim remembers sitting near entertainer Eddie Albert and very close to the podium where Kennedy spoke. Jim also said it was unusually cold for Washington, D.C, somewhere between ten and twenty degrees. The memory was well worth his freezing.
SEE ALSO BELOWA ribbon cutting and the Pages of the Brighton Memorial Library
See Matt Bayshore’s “Brighton Goes to War” in Historic Brighton Vol 18 No 4 Fall 2017, page 3After Parkland, discovering fallen Brightonians from World War Two