Vets Honored

Charlotte Marcy's Memorial Stone stands guard at Brattleboro Vermont's World War I Park.


Charlotte planted and maintained the park when it went through a revival in 2009-2013.

After she passed away - her stone was placed in the park to commemorate her in 2018.

Google Presentation

Vermont Veterans Cemetary: Plot #E-487B

It is very interesting ... that after Charlotte's ashes were burried at the Vermont Veterans Cemetary ...

A horse Statue was placed within viewing distance.

https://www.ourherald.com/articles/a-monumental-project-comes-to-life

Dedication Ceremony for “Honor” - Bronze Morgan Horse Installation

CELEBRATING THE SCULPTOR’S ART! - KAREN PETERSEN, SCULPTOR

Invocation by Veterans Affairs Chaplain - The Reverend Mary Lewis Webb

Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery - Randolph, Vermont

October 19, 2018 – 1:00pm

Invocation

Would you join me in an attitude of prayer:

Holy One, Known by various Names … and Loved in Many Ways,

Gathering within the perimeters of the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery, we ask your Blessings upon this Morgan Horse, who becomes a welcome new addition to the lovely, bucolic Green Mountain landscape.

Here we find ourselves surrounded by graves and markers bearing names of defenders of our liberty... the “Band of Brothers…and Sisters” who served with valor ... who held the line .. for us and the ways of life we cherish in these United States. Help us sense the POWER of this “sacred ground” which holds them ... of which “Honor”, now becomes … an integral part. May we be mindful that here - among the spirits who have been and will be ….laid to rest - this bronze Morgan Horse … is in the BEST of company.

In this Memorial Circle, a silent horse… stands before us … and yet… is it? …. silent?

"How it is that animals understand things I do not know, but it is CERTAIN.... that they DO ... understand. Perhaps there is a LANGUAGE which is not MADE of words ... and EVERYthing in the world understands it. Perhaps there is a SOUL hidden in everything and it can ALWAYS speak, without EVEN making a sound …” ― Frances Hodgson Burnett

We pray, Oh God, that HONOR will speak … to those whose spirits rest here.. those buried here and those who some day will join them … letting them know that they are not forgotten but rather remembered … and loved, always.

May HONOR speak to those who come to this cemetery to say their ‘good-bye’s” … those whose lives because of this recent loss, have been turned asunder and racked with grief…

May those in mourning feel a kinship with this Morgan Horse… may they feel understood...because Honor too, is grieving ...

Honor ...with its own head bent low … and turned just so… eyes filled with sorrow,

Attentive and attuned to its Master symbolically lying at rest beneath the rough, natural quartz head stone … perhaps a uniformed member of the United States military who once rode high and proud upon its back...in battle….

the human being this Morgan horse loved…

and was loved BY….

May Honor speak with compassion to those who mourn here... we ask You Good Shepherd, who brings light to the dark - in the Valley of the Shadow.

A horse in a Veterans Cemetery?

Horses…. Part of Your intricate, interesting design… Creator of the Heavens and the Earth.

As this Morgan Horse, in this very place … reminds us …. Horses ... like the Soldier or Marine or Sailor riding upon their back, ALSO lost life and blood on fields of battle. They too, are worthy of respect… for service to our country: helping with transport, artillery, supply, and cavalry, and in more recent days … as healing companions in Equine Therapy to Wounded Warriors returning with trauma ….

Empower their efforts, Great Physician, we pray … for these horses, to heal and make whole again.

This sturdy, faithful, gentle, home-grown Morgan horse … whose breed was given birth in this state of Vermont…reminds us that it’s better to live and thrive in times of peace, as way back when … the farm and family named, fed and loved them. May Peace be the destiny to which we aspire:

We ask Oh God: for time of peace…

civil discourse to settle disputes…

respect and not fear – of ‘the other’.

May Honor standing in this Veteran’s Cemetery.. speak… for peace …. We pray, Dear Prince of Peace.

We offer gratitude and thanksgiving for the vision of the Vermont Legislature and the Vermont Arts Council, and for the talented, creative and gifted hands of the sculptor Karen Petersen.

We ask your richest Blessings upon this MORGAN HORSE, a horse to become known as “Honor”, grateful for the LIFE it has already given…

and we seek your BLESSINGS upon the spirits of the DECEASED that it will COMPANION,

and for the lives of the LIVING that it will COMFORT.

Use this Morgan Horse well, on this Sacred Ground… for the Inspiration and Enrichment of us All.

Blessed Be. Amen.

Articles:

Charlotte Marcy a Legacy of Service - https://vermontbiz.com/news/2017/november/10/charlotte-ann-marcy-legacy-service

Charlotte Vet & Horse Therapy - https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Iraq-vet-s-mom-shares-her-daughter-s-story-with-you-.html?soid=1112251010573&aid=bZxX6pStFK4

Charlotte Marcy Obit - https://www.atamaniuk.com/obituaries/Charlotte-Ann-Marcy-Mansur?obId=2112076#/obituaryInfo

Guilford- Charlotte was born in Brattleboro, VT. She attended St Michael School, The Grammar School in Putney, Guilford Elementary School, Brattleboro Union High School, Community College of Vermont and Keene State College. She was pursuing a degree in law enforcement. Growing up, Charlotte spent her time outdoors playing baseball, swimming and building tree houses and forts in the woods. She was a hockey sister for 10 years and could hold her own ice skating on her home pond. Workshop projects with her father, watching/helping her mother in the garden, playing with her brother, participating in gymnastics, bike riding and camping with family filled many hours.

Charlotte had an innate love of animals. Horses were a central part of her life since she was a child. She learned how to groom horses and do many barn chores in exchange for riding lessons and the opportunity to compete in horse shows. Show ribbons lined her bedroom walls. At the age of fifteen, with the money earned caring for horses and various pets, she was able to purchase her first horse, Jupiter. Charlotte's athleticism, courage and love of horses seemed a natural fit to equestrian vaulting and cattle penning in which she later participated.

In 2002, Charlotte joined the Vermont Army National Guard. She earned a physical fitness award in basic training and then continued with advanced military police training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Charlotte sold her horse in preparation for deployment with the Arizona based U.S. Army 860th Military Police Company with whom she served in Iraq from 2005 - 2006. She suffered head and spinal injuries during this time when the vehicle she was driving came in contact with an explosive device. Horseless when she returned home, she rescued a white Percheron/Quarterhorse cross. Asked to deploy to Iraq again in November 2006, she served with the 759th Military Police Battalion from 2006 - 2008. She remained in action where she was meritoriously promoted to the level of sergeant. Charlotte was proud of her service to the country and of the soldiers with whom she served. She mourned those that were lost in and after battle. Her horse, Mike, was waiting for her when she returned.

In 2009, Charlotte purchased an acre of land in Guilford, VT. She designed and built a small house with the help of her parents and family friends. Her horse was able to be boarded nearby. Around that time, she drove to Missouri to purchase a Weimaraner puppy who she named Houligan. This dog became Charlotte's faithful canine service companion. Charlotte volunteered for many years at the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center's emergency overflow shelter where she met an outreach coordinator, Paul Mansur. They were later married on October 10, 2013. In December 2013, Charlotte retired from the military. As a result of her war related injuries and experiences, Charlotte lived with chronic back pain coupled with the diagnoses of traumatic brain injury and PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder).

At a horse event on Labor Day 2014, Charlotte's health was further impacted by a life threatening heat stroke resulting in an anoxic brain injury leaving her with compromised speech and mobility. Charlotte was in various recovery settings for 21 months over the last 2 years. During that time, countless compassionate health care providers crossed her path, providing outstanding medical care. The staff at Dartmouth Hitchcock (Lebanon and Keene, NH), the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center (Tampa, FL), Veterans Administration Medical Centers (White River Junction, VT; Boston, MA; Central Western MA) and Bayada Home Health Care (Brattleboro, VT) gave their best efforts to aid Charlotte in her rehabilitation. "Thank you" was Charlotte's most commonly used phrase as she worked to regain her voice and strength. Charlotte remained involved with training and riding horses at Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center (Wilmington, VT), the Chester Vietnam Veterans Warhorse PTSD Program (Chester, VT) and Full Circle Farm (Newport, NH). She found comfort in the familiarity of a horse's presence. Given Charlotte's years of equine experience, the therapeutic benefits from riding were an excellent match for her ongoing rehabilitative process. This form of physical and emotional therapy provided her with a well-deserved feeling of freedom. Charlotte's work ethic and independent spirit were an inspiration to many. Her determination was unparalleled. She muscled her wheelchair over rough terrain, raced a mile in a charity race for MARSOC (Marine Corps Special Operations Command) and participated in the Mark Dooley 5k in Wilmington, VT as recently as September 24, 2016. She soldiered on in her quest for independence in her life. In her own words, "unable to come to terms with being handicapped," Charlotte chose to take her own life on Friday, September 30, 2016 leaving behind her a legacy of courage and perseverance.

Charlotte is survived by her parents, Therese and Michael Marcy of Guilford, VT; her brother Major Paul Marcy USMC and his partner, Kate; special friend, Gabrielle; and many loving uncles, aunts, cousins and friends. A celebration of Charlotte's life and spirit will be held at the First Baptist Church (190 Main St., Brattleboro, VT) on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, 2016 at 2pm. The service will be followed by a reception at the American Legion (32 Linden St, Brattleboro, VT). All are welcome to attend. Charlotte 's final resting place will be at the Vermont Veterans Cemetery (Randolph, VT) Her private burial service will be at a later date. As an ongoing tribute to Charlotte, The Charlotte Ann Marcy Memorial Fund has been established. This resource will support others in therapeutic riding and sports programs in honor of Charlotte's thoughtful nature, kinship with horses and openness to the process of healing. Donations can be sent to: The Charlotte Ann Marcy Memorial Fund, c/o Brattleboro Savings and Loan, PO Box 1010, Brattleboro, VT 05302.