The mission of The Major David Brodeur Memorial Foundation is to honor the life of Major David Brodeur by working collaboratively with Auburn High School students to provide grants in the areas of academics, athletics, and extra-curricular activities.

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Memorial Dedication Wrap-up

With the sun shining brightly over all in attendance, October 19th was the perfect day for the dedication of the newly completed Major David L. Brodeur Memorial Square at Auburn High School, Auburn, MA. After 8 months of collaborative work between the Major David Brodeur Memorial Foundation, the Brodeur Square Memorial Committee, the Auburn School Committee, generous business and personal donations, the town of Auburn and Auburn High School, and a driven design and construction team, a fitting memorial was dedicated to the memory of Major David L. Brodeur of Auburn, MA.

Air Force Major David L. Brodeur, who died April 27, 2011 at Kabul Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, was on deployment from Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage, Alaska. Major Brodeur was an experienced F-16 pilot and instructor with deployments to Iraq where he flew combat missions during the initial days and months of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Among his commendations and awards are the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, and Combat Action Medal.

“The dedication of this memorial is a statement to all who made the ultimate sacrifice that we will never forget. David was liked by everyone he came in contact with. He was a leader, friend and brilliant Air Force Officer. This outdoor memorial plaza and classroom space will serve as an inspiration of those skills forever,” stated Tim Morse, President of the Major David Brodeur Memorial Foundation.

Family, friends, state and town officials, local residents and colleagues of David’s from the Air Force, joined hundreds of people for the dedication of the large granite and bronze square, which now stands at the entrance to Auburn High School.

Congressman James McGovern presented Major Brodeur’s parents with an American flag. He and Superintendent of Schools Maryellen Brunelle urged those in attendance to learn from the person Major Brodeur was and had become, to learn from his selflessness and his desire to make our world a better place.

Retired Lt. General Dana Atkins said of Major Brodeur, “…he embraced the core value of service before self, more than any other airman I’ve ever known. David chose to serve, knowing full well a brutal war was in his future…he was a hero for simply stepping forward.”

Also in attendance was Colonel Scott Manning who had met David in Saudi Arabia during the very early stages of the Iraq conflict. Said Colonel Manning, “He was one of the most exciting, energetic and enthusiastic people I have ever known. He talked often of is family and his roots growing up and where he wanted to be in the future.”
“He understood and appreciated that the experience he had in Auburn and the lessons he learned here prepared him well for the life that he chose after Auburn. This is a wonderful tribute to a proud native of Auburn,” stated Larry Brodeur, David’s father.

It is hoped that current and future generations will enjoy the beauty of the square and learn from the lessons of a native Auburn son who spent all of his formative years in Auburn and lived the dream he had as a young boy.

Memorial Update: We’re Almost There!

Hello everyone, and happy fall!

We are thrilled to announce we are finally nearing the completion of construction for Major David Brodeur Memorial Square at Auburn High School! Check out the images below!

When we first started this journey in the late spring it seemed like it would be a lifetime before it was actually completed. We are happy to say the finishing touches are being applied at this very moment. The walls are built, the bricks are laid and the bronze is hung. It’s been a ton of work but also a true labor of love for everyone involved. We couldnt have done it without our amazing construction team or your generous donations to fund the project. So thanks so very much to all of you!

We would love for you to come down and participate in our dedication ceremony, which will be held on 10/19 at the rear entrance to Auburn High School. The ceremony kicks off at 12:00PM and will feature USAF Lt. General Dana T. Atkins (retired).

It is sure to be a very special tribute to a true American Hero, we hope you can join us!!

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Memorial Dedication Details

Just over 2 years after the untimely passing of Major David L. Brodeur at Kabul Airport, his hometown community, friends, neighbors and businesses have rallied to create a permanent memorial in his honor. The Major David L. Brodeur Memorial Square is being finalized on the campus of Auburn High School and is slated for dedication on October 19, 2013 at 12:00P.M.

The effort to construct the plaza was initiated by the Major David Brodeur Memorial Foundation to perpetuate the memory of Major Brodeur and encourage excellence in leadership, service to community and academics. To date, the foundation has raised funding through philanthropic organizations, local business and individuals in order to provide grants and scholarships to Auburn High School students.

The dedication ceremony will include members of David’s family from Massachusetts and Colorado, colleagues from the Air Force and most notably, retired Lieutenant General Dana Atkins under whom Major Brodeur served as an executive officer. Lt. General Atkins is a highly decorated Air Force General who, prior to retirement, served as the Commander of Alaskan Command, U.S. Pacific Command; Commander, 11th Air Force, Pacific Air Forces; and Commander, Alaskan North American Defense Region, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska.

Timothy Morse, President of the Major David Brodeur Memorial Foundation noted, “The dedication of this memorial is a statement to all who made the ultimate sacrifice that we will never forget. David was liked by everyone he came in contact with. He was a leader, friend and brilliant Air Force Officer. This outdoor memorial plaza and classroom space will serve as an inspiration of those skills forever.”

Details of Dedication weekend:

Friday, October 18 Presentation of Major David Brodeur Foundation Scholarships and Grants
Auburn High School Football Game
Auburn High School: 99 Auburn Street, Auburn, MA
Time: 7:00pm

Saturday, October 19 Memorial Dedication & Ribbon Cutting
Auburn High School: Rear Parking Lot
Time: 12:00 PM

Sunday, October 20 Annual KLEPTO 5k Race/Walk
North American Martyrs Church
8 Wyoma Drive, Auburn, MA
Time: 1:00 PM

2013 Klepto 5k Registration and Details

Hey everybody!

The registration up and running for this year’s Klepto 5K!
You can register by following this link: http://www.racewire.com/event.php?id=1231

And just as a reminder, the details for this year’s race are below. Spread the word and let’s make this the best Klepto 5K yet!

2013 Klepto 5K

Date: October 20th 2013
Place: North American Martyrs, 8 Wyoma Drive , Auburn, MA 01501
Times: Registration starts at noon. Race starts at 1 PM.
Fee: 

Other details:

  • Post race meal provided by Outback Steakhouse
  • Beer for all registrants (21+) provided by Harpoon Brewery
  • Huge kids event including bounce house, balloon animals and more! All free!

Upcoming events!

We hope everyone has been having an excellent summer so far. It’s certainly been a busy one for us at The Major David Brodeur Memorial Foundation!

We are pleased to announce that the memorial plaza is almost complete and will be dedicated in October! With everything going on we thought it would be a good opportunity to fill everyone in on some upcoming events and happenings.

The Major David Brodeur Foundation invites you to join us for the upcoming activities scheduled for the Memorial Dedication Weekend at Auburn High School.

  • Friday, October 18 @ 7:00 PM
    Auburn High School Football Game Presentation of Major David Brodeur Foundation Scholarships and Grants
    Auburn High School
    99 Auburn Street, Auburn, MA
  • Saturday, October 19 @ 12:00 PM
    Memorial Dedication & Ribbon Cutting
    Auburn High School Rear Parking Lot
    99 Auburn Street, Auburn, MA
  • Sunday, October 20 @ 1:00 PM
    Annual KLEPTO 5k Race/Walk
    North American Martyrs Church
    8 Wyoma Drive, Auburn, MA

We hope we get to see you at one or all of the above events!