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Page 4 POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 22, 2012 Celebrated Tenor Mario Frangoulis Sponsored by the Horatio Alger Association The Boston Pops Orchestra erans Affairs and also served tion. Frangouls will continue  .... gave a special performance as ambassador to the Holy to act as the association's by Sal Gtarratam on Thursday, June 21, at 7:30 pm at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue: The event was sponsored by The Horatio Alger Associa- tion of Distinguished Ameri- cans, featured conductor Keith Lockhart and inter- nationally-renowned tenor Mario Frangoulis, making his Boston Pops debut. Frangoulis is an ambassa- dor for the association, edu- cating audiences about the organization and its mission to help young people who have faced major adversity succeed and go on to college. He dedicated a special song to these Horatio Alger Schol- ars, written for the organ- ization's 65 th anniversary this year. Association board member R. James Nicholson hosted the program. Nicholson is the former Secretary of Vet- See. Two recipients of the Horatio Alger Scholarship, Daniel Lind and Lauren Pignataro, presented their inspirational stories at the event. Many of the Massa- chusetts Horatio Alger Schol- ars were in attendance. Additional special guest performers included Greek- French pop singer George Perris, who serves as an emissary for the associa- tion in Canada; the interna- tionally acclaimed New Zealand soprano Hayley Westenra; celebrated Greek singer Alkistis Protopsalti and world-renowned Cana- dian composer Stephan Moccio. Featuring tunes from Mr. Frangoulis's third album, Beautiful Things. This Beautiful Things Live performance was recorded for telecast at a later date on PBS stations across the na- International Ambassador as he teams ith the Boston Pops and PBS on a fall con- cert tour. Founded in 14 7, the Horatio Alger Associction of Distin- guished Amerans celebrates those individuals in our soci- ety whose dermination and hard work er, abled them to overcome life's obstacles to achieve success. As a 501 (c) (3) educational non-profit, the Association provides scholar- ships and meatorship to high school seniors who have demonstrated courage in the face of adversity and an unwavering desire to pursue a higher education. The Horatio Alger Association has awarded more than S90 mil- lion in college scholarships since the inception of its schol- arship program in 1984. For more information, please visit www. horatioalger, org. NEAA Launches Healthy Summer Initiative for Youth The North End Athletic Association (NEAA) is part- nering with the North End Waterfront Health, North End Against Drugs and the Naz- zaro Community Center to launch a youth health and fitness program called "Wit- ness the Fitness." The program, which is aimed at North End children and teens, will encourage Nazzaro Summer Camp par- ticipants to eat well, make smart choices, exercise regularly and feel comfort- able with their body image. NEAA is funding the pro- gram and the health center will provide nutrition educa- tion that will emphasize por- tion control, healthy snacks and healthy drinks. The Coast Guard will provide ex- ercise instruction, focusing on incorporating physical activity into everyday tasks. "This is the perfect pro- gram to introduce to neigh- borhood kids over the sum- mer," says Ted Tomasone, community activist and NEAA member. "I personally have won a hard battle with weight and nutrition so I want to help kids learn to lead healthy lives and grow up to make the right choices." "Witness the Fitness" will launch with a kick-off event at the Nazzaro Center on June 25 that will feature live music, games, healthy snacks and special guests. The event begins at 1:00 pm and all children and families are welcome. "North End Waterfront Health is proud to assist with this program because child- hood obesity is a growing problem across the United States," says Jim Luisi, NEW Health CEO. "So by investing in programs like these that teach healthy decision-mak- ing skills to children and teens, we are helping to raise an active, intelligent and informed generation." FREE ADMISSION TO THE Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum The Highland Street Foun- dation's Free Fun Fridays program will offer free admis- sion to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum located at 280 Fenway, Boston, MA (entrance on Evan's Way) on Friday, June 29, 2012 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. This year, a record-breaking 50 venues are participating in Free Fun Fridays, with five W r. f PINELLI'S (gM FUNCTION FACILITY h Please accept sincere condolences, from the Spinelli's family and staff. During this difficult time, we would like to offer our facility at a specially reduced price, for you, your family and friends. SERVED UPON ARRIVAL Coffee, Mini Danish Pastries and Tea Breads BUFFEr LUNCHEON MENU Tossed Salad, Assorted Rolls with Butter Chicken, Ziti and Broccoli Alfredo Eggplant Parmigiana Italian Sausages, Onions and Potatoes Above price does not include a 15% Administration Fee and a 7% Mass State Tax. 280 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON, MA Telephone: 617-567-4499 www.spinellis.com cultural venues open free-of- charge for ten weeks this summer. (Large groups are dis- couraged to schedule trips on this day due to capacity issues). Free timed tickets will be available at the museum entrance on Friday, June 29. To ensure that everyone's experience a: the Museum is pleasant, tickets are timed for entry every 30 minutes beginning at 11:00 am, with the last entry at 4:00 pm. Tickets will be distributed until museum capacity for the entire day is reached, so the ticket(s) you receive may be for a time slot an hour or two later tian you arrive. Admission ircludes access to the entire museum. For more details, visit: w w w. Highlands t re e t. o rg / FreeFunFridays and http: / / www.gardnermuseum.org / visit. iiiiiiiii!iiiii!00i00iii'i!00i000000ii00!! 00i000000iiiiiii!ii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!ii!iiiiiiiiiiii!ii00ii00iiii00iiiiiiiil/!ii00 .....  iii!i!!!iiiii/ii' For information about advertising in i the Post-Gazette, ! 617227-8929. REMEMBER VIETNAM and All Those Sacrifices On Saturday, June 16, the City of Quincy held its an- nual Flag Day celebration and parade. This year the parade was held in honor of all those from Quincy who served in the Vietnam War, those who survived it and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Too often, except on certain holidays we tend to take for granted all the freedom others paid dearly for us, our children and the futures of all of us. I remem- ber being 18 years old gradu- ating English High School in Boston and enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. I was lucky to have avoided going over to Vietnam. Others were not that lucky. I have known many from my generation, who did go and served the cause of freedom with dis- tinction. I knew a few who were killed over there. Their ultimate sacrifice ended their lives, their dreams and their hopes. All who survived that war are owed plenty by America and too often only seem to be remembered either on Memorial Day or on Veterans Day. Mount Wollaston Cem- etery isn't that far from Weymouth. A short distance from the Fore River Bridge and Southern Artery. As I walk and reflect on the grave site memories, I see the names of men who died in many of this country's wars. I especially look at those who served in Viet- nam. How many young men died while still 20-some- thing? How many came home with invisible wounds that never healed? The Six- ties seem so long ago, but for many not long enough. We look around and see people we grew up with no longer with us. We find them in cemetery plots, victims of a war that killed over 58,000 of us in a war that sometimes made very little sense. This year, America is remembering the 50 TM anni- versary of that war's begin- ning but in reality it actu- ally began back in 1956 when I was in the 3 rd grade at St. Rita's School in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston. We didn't even know we were in a war there nor could we tell you where Vietnam actually was located. I just found out thanks to the June 14 Globe South that the very first casualty of that war was Richard B. Fitzgibbon, Jr., of Weymouth, was killed on June 8, 1956, when I was just 8 years old. Also, sadly noted, his son Richard Ill also lost his life in Vietnam, nine years after his father. Sgt. Richard Fitzgibbon, Jr., grew up in Stoneham and was days away from his We Must Never Forget 36 TM birthday when he was killed by another airman in Saigon while he was passing out candy to some village children. He had served in World War II in the U.S. Navy before joining the U.S. Air Force and lived in North Weymouth when he was sent to Vietnam as an advisor. This year, the United States begins to commemo- rate the 50 th anniversary of the Vietnam War, but as the death of Sgt. Fitzgibbon on June 8, 1956 shows, this year marks the 57 TM anniversary of that war since U.S. military advisors started landing in Vietnam as of November 1, 1955. At the height of that war in 1968, we had over 500,000 troops fighting in Vietnam and by the time the war ended for good in 1975 more than 58,000 Americans had died and the nation deeply divided over it all. Lance Corp, Richard Fitzgibbon III who graduated from Wey- mouth High School in 1962 was killed in combat on Sep- tember 7, 1965 at age 21 in Quang Tin. The Weymouth Vietnam Memorial lists both Fitz- gibbons as one of only two father and son known to have been killed during the Vietnam War. President Obama recently said, "It is never too late to pay tribute to the men and women who answered the call," when needed. He's right, it is never, never too late to remember and say, "thank you." We must never forget that generation who went off to war in the jungles and rice paddies of 'Nam. The Sixties themselves were a time of hopes and dreams for the future and of a quest for knowledge. However, with the Vietnam War growing during that period, many hopes and dreams were crushed by a jungle war 6,000 miles away and a na- tion became bitterly divided and the sacrifices made for liberty in Southeast Asia were never fully recognized. Today, we can stand proud knowing that a whole gen- eration of Americans and the sacrifices they made are not being forgotten and must be remembered for as long as America lives and breathes. Stop by the Weymouth Vietnam Veter- ans Memorial in Jackson Square. Those names there are not just words carved into stone; they represent real people who died for each and everyone of us. (Sal Giarratani is a former North Weymouth resident and a member of both D.A.V. Post 13 in Dorchester and the Abraham Lincoln GAR Post 11 in Charlestown.) /