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HollistonReporter.com Remembers George Snow

by The Staff
September 7, 2018

George Snow first appeared in an article in September 2008 when he was a young 78 years old. Since then we have covered his activities in more than 40 articles.

George Snow's service to our country did not stop when he left the military after serving a career in the U.S. Navy. George remained active in local veterans' affairs keeping veterans' issues front and center.

Seen above 2nd from the left, Snow always made himself available to lead the veterans in prayer should a member of the clergy be unavailable.

Snow took time to record a legacy in the form of a recording at HCAT about his military service & life in Holliston.

When veterans held a protest some years ago, Snow could be counted on for participation even if it meant sitting in a chair.

George Snow addresses the group with a question. "Who made the first American flag?"  Alan Greendale junior, responded ""Betsy Ross", which entitled Alan to ignite the pile of old flags.

The veterans' organization would count on Snow for a prayer more times than they would admit, and Snow, caught unprepared, would provide the word of God in an impromptu manner.

Snow above top photo and third from left was proud to share his generation's story at the high school as part of an intergenerational program.

Snow was always eager to teach the younger generation about the history of our flag as he did for many, many years at the annual flag burning disposal ceremony at Lake Grove Cemetery. Snow also instituted a program through the veterans' organizations that each family of a deceased veteran received a bible at their passing.

George's wife Dot was also active in veterans' affairs and was past president of VFW Post 8507 Ladies auxiliary. Dot passed away in June 2015.

Snow was also asked to speak at many funerals and wakes and was fond of repeating a poem written by Linda Ellis called "The Dash" The fact that Snow could repeat the poem by heart and flawlessly would amaze friends and acquaintances alike. We repeat the poem below. George your "Dash" was filled sailor, mission complete.

The Dash by Linda Ellis

I read of a man who stood to speak at a funeral of a friend.  He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning...to the end.

He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke of the following date with tears, but said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time they spent alive on earth and now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own, the cars..the house...the cash.  What matters is how we lived and loved and how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard; are there things you'd like to change?  For you never know how much time is left that still can be rearranged.

To be less quick to anger and show appreciation more and love the people in our lives like we've never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile...remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.

So when your eulogy is being read, with your life's actions to rehash, would you be proud of the things they say about how you lived your dash?

 

 

 

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A very nice and touching article. Chappie signed his contract on the day he enlisted and continued to serve until the day he passed. Bless you my friend, it will take more than one person to fill your shoes in the Veteran community.

- Steve Bradford, Commander, American Legion Post 47 | 9/7/18 8:12 AM

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