NEWBURYPORT — The Exchange Club of Greater Newburyport was awarded the 2013 “Best Community Service Project” at the New England District Fall Education Conference at the Merrimack Valley Golf Course in Methuen on Saturday.
The Exchange Club received this recognition for its efforts to bring together various strands of the community to participate in its September “Field of Honor” on the Bartlet Mall. The Field of Honor recognizes those who serve and sacrifice — the military, fire, police, EMTs — and those who have been lost, especially the victims of the terrorist attacks in 2001.
The efforts and resources from throughout the community were recognized, including institutional sponsorships, volunteers who assisted with flag sales, preparations and set-up by the DPW, fire and police, and the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, local restaurants providing food for volunteers and promotional supplies from local retail establishments, and the hard work by the Exchange Club members who volunteered throughout the event.
Also, the Chamber of Commerce participated in the Field of Honor ceremony, as well as local and state political figures, a U.S. Coast Guard color guard, the city’s Veterans Affairs office, invocations and keynote addresses by Salvation Army officers.
The sound system was provided by a local entertainer, stage decorations from a local florist, seating from a local church and two volunteer bagpipers.
“It was a true community effort,” said presenter Corrine Corso of Haverhill, the immediate-past president of the New England District Exchange Clubs.