Amherst Recreation Announces Fall Programs

Lots of fun and exciting programs and events for families, children and adults sponsored by the Amherst Recreation Department!

Amherst Cider Festival

There will be cider donuts, hay rides, kids activities and a bake sale.  Get there early to take it all in!  Join neighbors and make it a family day Saturday, September 23, Noon-4pm

Wreaths Across Amherst Project Under Way

AMHERST – As you start to make plans for the holiday season ahead, Marie Grella is requesting that citizens not forget the veterans in town.  For the past 18 years Marie has taken on the job of placing flags and markers at the gravesites of veterans buried in the five cemeteries across town. Wal-Mart manager Tony Tiner has donated  wreaths to the Christmas Wreath project for military veterans gravesites. Mr. Tiner is no longer at Amherst Wal-Mart and has a new position in the company.    “My project was possible through his commitment to supporting the cause,” said Marie.

Marie initiated the holiday wreath project 9 years ago.  She has been decorating veteran’s gravesites with flags annually for 18 years and 11 years ago purchased veteran gravesite markers. She has been Memorial Day Parade chair for 12 years.

Marie spoke at the Selectmen’s meeting asking for their “blessings” for the “Wreaths Across Amherst” project.  480 wreaths are needed at an estimated cost of $5,000.  $1,000 of that has already been raised on a go-fund page.

“I’m asking organizations, businesses, citizens to donate $10 to purchase a wreath for a veteran.  “I will not put out wreaths unless every veteran gets one.”  There will be no cost to the town budget.  From the floor of the meeting Police Chief Mark Reams made a pledge of $500 from the police officers. This fund raising will be completed on November 1, 2017.

THE MOVING WALL

At the meeting Marie also announced her “big project.”  On July 19-23, 2018, the Vietnam Veteran’s Moving Wall will be coming to Amherst.  This project has been two and a half years in the planning.

The Moving Wall is 127 feet in length and 10.2 feet in height, a half-size replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  It is a tribute to the 58,000 people who gave their lives in service to their country.

The Wall will be located at Souhegan High School in Amherst.

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