Today is Veterans Day. There’s no better time to hear Dylan Mace’s story.
The Staples High School junior is a varsity hockey player. He’s also an active member of Operation Care Package, a school club that assembles and sends books, magazines, food and more to American troops serving in places like Afghanistan.
Dylan got involved as a freshman. His grandfather served in Special Forces during the Korean War. Before he died, he passed along his pride in the military to Dylan.
This year, as he tried to find another way to help out, Dylan learned about Westport’s VFW Post 399. Speaking with commander Bernie Rombout, he learned the Riverside Avenue building lacked a handicap-accessible bathroom.
“That appalled me,” Dylan says. “These are brave men and women who serve. They could lose limbs. They should be able to use the bathroom at the VFW!”
Dylan learned the cost of design and renovation for such a bathroom: $10,000.
Immediately, he created a GoFundMe page to help.
Dylan will also be at the downtown Starbucks this weekend, soliciting donations.
In many ways, today is a normal Saturday in Westport. But it’s also an important national holiday.
Dylan Mace has provided a meaningful way for us to honor it. Just click here to help.
(Hat tip: Vicky Capozzi)