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.