On Thursday, November 11th, Veterans Day, the Town of Bellingham celebrated the men and women who have faithfully served their country. After the town’s annual ceremonies, local and state officials gathered at the Bellingham VFW Post #7272 with residents and members of the post for the announcement of significant charitable work from two local companies, Asphalt Engineering and Riley Brother, Inc.
The two companies have teamed up to donate their products and services to repave the entirety of the Bellingham VFW parking lot. Riley Brothers will be providing a portion of the material for Asphalt Engineering to complete the rest of the project. This work, which would normally cost tens of thousands of dollars, will be completed entirely free of charge. The crews are expected to break ground within the next few weeks. The project will conclude either late this fall or early next spring, depending on the completion of other infrastructure projects around the VFW.
“The post has been looking to take on this project for quite some time,” commented Post Commander Tom Lane. “The issue is funding. This would have taken us many years to raise the funds needed to complete this project. I cannot thank Asphalt Engineering and Riley Brother enough. This is another step towards making this VFW a place to be proud of, a place where service members, friends, family, and the community can gather and a place that is focused on helping veterans in need.”
Nathan and Erin Moreland, owners of Asphalt Engineering, were joined by members of their crew and administration team to announce the news. During the event, the Moreland’s explained how important this project is to them and their employees, some of whom are veterans. The Moreland’s stressed the meaning and significance of the term ‘community’ and just how vital it is in the town they operate their business.
Representative Michael Soter (8th Worcester District) commented, “Today is a day of reflection. We must recognize and appreciate the dedication and tenacity of all our military members, those who have previously served, those who are currently serving, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. This charitable act will have a tremendous impact on the veterans of Bellingham and the surrounding area. I was thrilled to work with Commander Lane, Erin, Nate, and Riley Brothers to make this happen.”
“This is tremendous news for the Veterans in this area,” commented State Representative Jeffrey Roy (10th Norfolk District). “Nate and Erin are constituents of mine and I am proud to represent them in the legislature. This act of kindness will be felt throughout Bellingham and the surrounding communities for many years. We must never forget about the sacrifices that our veterans have made and continue to make every day.”