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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 6, 2014 S i m pie TIMES... by GirardA. Plante The recent Memorial Day holiday ushered in the."offi- cial" start to summer. Within days, we will eagerly honor Flag Day, proudly saluting America's flag as a vivid sym- bol that proclaims freedom, opportunity and also harbors sacrifices worth dying for. My column in early May brought awareness to the horrific scandal roiling the Veterans Administra- tion. How terribly ironic that the ugly dishonor to our great nation's veterans oc- curred days from honoring Memorial Day. Yet too many Americans do not know, or forget, or fail to care that the day once called Decoration Day; is no celebration. Nor was it intended to be upon its origination soon after the end of America's Civil War. Memorial Day is a somber day. One that allows veter- ans, families who've lost loved ones during wars over ,the past 150 years, and everybody else to remember. I bring awareness to Memo- rial Day as we near Flag Day to differentiate between both events. Celebrate "Old Glory" for the reasons it flew through every war since America's revolution in the 1770's. Its colors - red, white, and blue -- each symbolize a larger meaning as to the impor- tance of honoring the flag. Some cynics would ask: "Why honor a mere cloth or piece of fabric." Meaningful answers abound. The stark images of young Americans dragging their flag -- or burning it -- in the 1960's and early '70's angered many' Americans. I still see my dad, a ball- turret gunner who flew 47 sorties over Germany in a B 17 Bomber during World War II, grow angry watching the nightly news showing protesters stomping on, set- ting aflame, and dragging the beautiful Stars and Stripes through cities across America. During my youth, my six siblings and I partook with our parents in the annual ritual of attending our home- town's Memorial Day parade in the morning. We then piled into the family Ford to visit the cemeteries where our grandparents and our other relatives lie in eternal rest. Amongst their graves stand rows of American flags adorning the headstones of veterans of every war since the Civil War. The beauty of American flags fluttering in the warm breeze made a sad spot bearable. My dad and morn always placed flags in brass stands at a veteran's grave or stood aright a flag leaning or lying on the ground. Nowadays, my siblings and I still continue that sacred ritual. We give small stick flags to people on Flag Day, Independence Day, and Veterans Day. We place flags atop spots honoring vet- erans within village set- tings, streets of towns, or cities. And we,even place a flag next to a tree or stand one in flower boxes. A movement is being led by veterans and other patri- otic Americans to reinstate Decoration Day, which was held every May 30 a until 1971. 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Never a word praising the veterans whose supreme sacrifice allows Americans boundless opportunities to happily enjoy such products. Some of my most vivid childhood memories are see- ing the dozens of American flags hanging from nearly every porch of every house in my neighborhood. The eider neighbors comprised largely the Greatest Genera- tion, yet numerous folks who lived through or were veter- ans of World War One thrived in their 80's and 90's. They were proud Americans who came to America from coun- tries across Europe. America's flags' collective significance was never lost on the children of our neighborhood. Each were con- nected to parents, uncles and aunts, grandparents, other relatives and neigh- bors who fought in one of the World Wars. From them, we understand why Flag Day is important. On the Friday prior to Memorial Day, I watch the selfless volunteers from every region of Massachusetts place 37,000 American flags in the sloping lawn beneath the Soldiers and Sailors Monu- ment honoring the Union's Civil' War patriots in the Boston Common. I witness people of all nationalities and ages stop to simply be in 'the moment.' They quietly get a photo-op with the thousands of flags as a backdrop. They gaze across the beauteous Stars and Stripes, the vivid red, white and blue of Old Glory. They ponder solemnly at America's symbol of free- dom. They coexist peacefully -- though the moment is brief. Theirs is a rare oppor- tunity to bask together amidst the flags honoring the Commonwealth's dead veterans dating to the Civil War. My reflections transport me to my dad and mom and aunts and uncles who hail from America's Greatest Generation. If only they could join me there. My prayers as I sit and stare upon the beauty of our nation's flags shining brightly upon hal- lowed grounds that held dead revolutionaries who boldly beat back tyranny that created America 237 years ago, are that peace spread throughout our war-torn world. Never forget where you live. Display our American flag on June 14 . Saint Robert of Newminster Saint Robert was born at Gargrave, Yorkshire, England in the year, 1100. He was a serious child not interested in the usual amusements of that age but preferred spending time in prayer, reading and useful employment. Robert studied at the University of Paris and was ordained priest serving as a parish priest at Gargrave. Later he joined the Benedictine monastery of Our Lady in York. In time, desiring to live a more ascetic life, Richard, Prior of the Abbey and 12 others that included Robert, with the permission of the Abbot, left the Abbey to es- tablish a community of their own. It was only after ex- treme hardship that Thur- stan, Archhishop of York, gave them property in the town of Sutton where they founded .the celebrated Abbey of Fountains (named for the many natural springs in its area) which in 1132 was received into the Cistercian Order. The Abbey, as a re- suit of the religious fervor of its monks, quickly became a model for the Order. Ranulph of Merley, baron of Morpeth, visited Foun- tains, struck by the piety of the monks and desiring to have a monastery in his by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari region, obtained from their abbot Richard, several of their members who, in 1138, with Robert appointed as their abbot, founded the monastery of Newminster at Morpeth, Nortumberland, which became a place of pilgrimage. As abbot, Robert founded several new monasteries at Pipewell (1143) Roche (1147) and Sawley(1148) and pro- vided in his person, a fine example leading his monks to sanctity. He recited the entire Psalter of 150 psalms daily and ate sparingly to maintain his spirit of self= denial. Saint Robert was a close friend of the holy hermit Saint Godric and of- ten visited him in his her- mitage at Finchale. Robert was in correspondence with the great Saint Bernard, founder of the Cistercians. Robert passed away on June 7, 1159. Saint Robert's Feast Day is celebrated on June 7% LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. 14P0887EA Estate of WILLIAM EDWARD KEARFOTT, JR. Also Known As BILL KEARFOTT Date of Death February 24, 2012 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Linda L. Kearfott of El Paso, IL. Unda L. Kearfott of El Paso, IL has been informally appointed as the Personal Repre- sentative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code without supervision by the Court. Inven- tory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceed- ings and to obtain orders terminating or restrict- ing the powers of Personal Representatives appointed under informal procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run date: 6/6/14 LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Plymouth Probate and Family Court 52 Obery Street, Suite 1130 Plymouth, MA 02360 (508) 747-6204 Docket No. PL14P0058PO CITATION ON PETITION FOR REMOVAL OF A TRUSTEE AND APPOINTMENT OF A SUCCESSOR TRUSTEE Estate of WILLIAM GARBOSE REVOCABLE TRUST To all interested persons: A Petition has been tiled by Doris R. Garbose of West Palm Beach, FL requested that Susan B. Garbose-Brown of Plymouth, MA be removed as Trustee and Boston Private Bank be appointed Successor Trustee. You have the right to obtain a copy of the Petition form the Petitioner or at the Court. You have a right to object to this proceeding. To do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance and objection at this Court before 10:00 am on June 25, 2014. This is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline by which you must file a written appearance and objection if you object to this proceeding. If you fail to tile a timely written appearance and objection followed by an Affidavit of Objections within thirty (30) days of the return date, action may be taken without further notice to you. WITNESS, HON. EDWARD G. BOYLE, III First Justice of this Court. Date: May 29, 2014 Robert McCarthy, Register of Probate Run date: 6/6/14 LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI14P2031EA Estate of MARIA DENISE BRADY Date of Death April 27, 2012 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Willie O. Brady of Camden, NJ. Willie O. Brady of Camden, NJ has been informally appointed as the Personal Repre- sentative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code without supervision by the Court. Inven- tory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to'institute formal proceed- ings and to obtain orders terminating or restrict- ing the powers of Personal Representatives appointed under informal procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run date: 6/6/14 WWW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM