Thayer alumnus Homer Atherton Hunt, class of 1912, was honored last weekend by the Braintree Post 86 American Legion. The memorial service took place on campus, Sunday, July 15 in the Branfman Sculpture Garden, located on the lawn outside Southworth Library. Hunt was killed in action in France 100 years ago on July 15 in World War I. He was a member of Company E, 165th Infantry Regiment, 42nd "Rainbow Division." Before the war, Hunt attended Harvard University. He was awarded an A.B. posthumously in 1920.
Braintree Post 86 American Legion Commander Pedro "Pete" Vidal posted and retired the colors. Braintree Veterans Council Chaplain Russell F. Dupuis said the Invocation, and Cynthia Shelton Harris, USAF, Veteran's Agent for the Town of Braintree, led the Pledge of Allegiance. Thayer Academy Archivist Larry Carlson read Private Hunt's biography.
The flag in front of the Main Building was lowered to half-staff to honor Private Hunt and all of the men and women of Thayer Academy who gave their lives in the armed forces. Patrick Leonard, Jr., a historian with the Braintree Post 86 American Legion, organized this memorial event and a series of others to remember and honor the service and sacrifice of men from Braintree during World War I. At the event, Joseph Reynolds, the Braintree Mayor's Chief of Staff, proclaimed July 15 United States Army Private Homer Atherton Hunt Day.