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WWI Veterans Are Focus of Talk

Submitted by on January 9, 2019 – 4:33 pm

Lawrence resident Marc LaPlante will present a January White Fund Lecture on Lawrence residents who gave their lives during WWI.

Fourth-generation Lawrence resident, Marc LaPlante, will discuss the Lawrence World War I Project, during the Thursday, January 24, White Fund Lecture Series offered in partnership with Northern Essex Community College.

The event is free and open to the public. It will be held  at the Lawrence Public Library, Robert Frost Room, 51 Lawrence St., at 6 p.m.

The project spotlights the 35 of 200 Lawrence residents who lost their lives during World War I and were given special recognition by city officials with a bridge, park, square, or building named for them. During WWI, more than 5,500 Lawrence residents either enlisted or drafted into military service.

The stories of the 35 veterans have been lost over the years. LaPlante, has rediscovered their stories and shares them through video, which he has written and produced.

LaPlante has traveled to France to honor many of these soldiers and to learn more about the United States’ involvement in the “Great War.”

He works for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, graduated from law school in 2006 and is a non-practicing attorney. He lives with his wife and three school-age children in the Colonial Heights section of Lawrence.

When he is not at work or involved in family activities, he is an avid beekeeper who also has four egg laying hens.

The White Fund’s purpose is to have a free series of interactive presentations for Lawrence area adults, youth, and children. The audience is encouraged to seek wisdom, cultural enrichment, and intellectual enhancement by attending and participating.

The views expressed in the White Fund Enlightenment Series presentations are the views of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Northern Essex.

Funded by a generous financial gift from the Honorable Daniel Appleton White, the White Fund Lecture Series has provided cultural conversation featuring well-known lecturers in fields such as history, literature, travel, the arts, and politics. The White Fund is collaborating with Northern Essex on this series.

For additional information or to be notified of upcoming events in the White Fund Enlightenment Series, contact Analuz Garcia at or call 978-738-7423.