The Melrose Veterans Memory Project is a nonprofit, community-based organization in Melrose, Massachusetts; we are dedicated to raising awareness about the role of Melrose residents in history, especially in the military. We aim to accomplish this goal by documenting and preserving historical artifacts; increasing community involvement in the recording and preserving of local history; organizing outreach events to bring local students and veterans together; and supporting local veterans organizations in their efforts to honor those who served.
Our organization has a strong relationship with the Melrose Public Schools, and has a student-focused "branch" that operates out of Melrose High School. The student group has elected officers, and is actively involved in planning and carrying out activities within the community. Examples of our activities include the annual Veterans in the Classroom event; extensive photo collections of veteran-related events, monuments, etc. (these can be found on our full Web site and Facebook page); and archiving veteran history in print, audio, and video formats.
The organization is governed by a Board of Directors and is registered as a charitable nonprofit with the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office. We are in the process of applying for federal 501(c)3 status and aim to complete that process by the summer of 2015.