ROTC Dedicates Bench at Boston College November 11, 2005: Boston College dedicated an engraved granite bench outside the Bapst Library on Veteran’s Day in memory of US Army Major David S. Connolly. The stone bench, which faces the lawn area where ROTC commissioning ceremonies are held each spring, was sponsored by Major Connolly's classmates and family. The engraving on the bench includes the words "Can you do more, can you do better, can you make a difference?" - a favorite phrase of Major Connolly. (Please click on thumbnail & see above for larger photo)
Bocce Court Dedicated in Dave’s Memory August 2005: A plaque was dedicated in David Connolly’s memory and posted near the bocce court that Dave built for all to use on the base. The court was renamed in Dave’s honor to serve as a memorial of the unselfish and giving life he led. (Please click on thumbnail & see above for larger photo)
Needham Mitchell School dedicates Tree in Dave’s Memory May 2005: The Needham Mitchell School community plants and dedicates a River Birch tree in the Outdoor Learning Center with a plaque reading: "This tree has been planted in honor of US Army Major David S. Connolly for his service to our country" . (Please click on thumbnail & see above for larger photo)
World Champion Boston Red Sox Honor Dave April 18, 2005: Family, friends and fans spontaneously burst into a loud, emotionally-charged version of "God Bless America" as the Red Sox proudly display a photo of Major David S. Connolly during Patriots Day game versus the Toronto Blue Jays. Bocce Court Dedicated in Dave’s Memory. (Please click on thumbnail & see above for larger photo)
Bagram Memorial Service Bids Farewell to Fallen Heroes More than 700 troops and civilians attended a memorial service April 15 to pay their respects to fallen comrades who lost their lives in an April 6 helicopter crash.
Fourteen Soldiers, a Marine, and three civilians were killed near Ghazni, Afghanistan, when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed. Their deaths were recognized with a display of 18 pairs of boots, 15 rifles, 15 helmets, three flack vests and a 21-gun salute. (Please click on thumbnail & see above for larger photo)