AUBURN, Mass. — The Auburn School Committee voted unanimously Wednesday night to approve a proposal to establish Major David Brodeur Square at Auburn High School.
The monument will honor the former Auburn resident and military hero who died in Afghanistan.
Although the Major David Brodeur Memorial Foundation had originally hoped to rename the high school after Brodeur, in August the School Committee voted to support dedicating part of the school property in his name.
Since then the foundation has been working collaboratively with Auburn schools to construct the square.
"It's been great to get everybody to put their heads together and make a win-win for the school, the town, for David's family and the School Committee," said Tim Morse, president of the foundation.
"It's really going to be something students can grasp onto and see every day as they enter the building," he continued. "People who go to the school to vote are going to walk by it, people who go to sporting events are going to walk by it, and it's going to be another way to tell his story."
Brodeur, a 1994 graduate of Auburn High School, died April 27, 2011, in Kabul, Afghanistan, at the age of 34. Among his commendations and awards are the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal and Combat Action Medal.
"I think it will be an asset to the Auburn High complex, and allow for a special area where Major David Brodeur can be remembered annually and daily by our students," said superintendent Maryellen Brunelle.
School Committee member Jeff Lourie also fully supported the monument, believing it it would be "a wonderful place for students to congregate for years to come."
"It got off to a rocky start, and for something that could have brought some separation to the town, it all came together in a nice way," he said. "I can't wait until we can all go there and unite as a town."
Construction of the square will begin this spring.
Members of the Major David Brodeur Memorial Foundation hope to combine 2013’s road race with the unveiling of the Brodeur memorial at the high school.