“I do this for myself so I might know the measure of myself and not be found wanting” was the final entry in Marine Capt. Matthew Freeman’s journal in August 2009.
Freeman, a fighter pilot for the Marines, had volunteered to be a forward observer for other pilots — a dangerous position on the ground in war-torn Afghanistan. Shortly after arriving, from half-way around the world, he called his mother, Richmond Hill teacher Lisa Freeman, asking for her help: “Mom, the kids here would rather have pens and paper more than anything, even food or water. Would you please start a collection and send them to me.”
Two days later, he was killed in action.
Marines, dogs and children; there is always a special connection. Perhaps Capt. Freeman was continuing the long tradition of not just being a warrior, but also a peacemaker. Through knowledge comes freedom. The Matthew Freeman Project, Pens and Paper for Peace is an organization begun by his mother and friends to honor Freeman’s wishes.
The nonprofit group is dedicated to collecting pens, paper and school supplies for distribution in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other countries where education for the young and innocent has been interrupted by armed conflict.
From 6- 9 p.m. Nov. 10, Arts on the Coast is having its annual fall “Meet and Greet the Artists” Art Show and Reception. A number of local artists, businesses and restaurants have donated artwork, classes and services for a silent auction to be held during the reception.
All proceeds from the silent auction will go to the Matthew Freeman Project.
Please come and support your local arts association and the Matthew Freeman Project.
A community in which members stand together to support each other is a community strong.