Plaques of Honor 

Azuant Custom Plaques has exclusively collaborated with Give2Those.org 

to Honor and Remember our Nations Heroes and their Families

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Plaques of Honor is a way to publicly Honor, Remember, Reflect and Recognize the service and sacrifices made by members of our Armed Forces, First Responders and Families of Fallen Heroes.  

   

Plaques are custom crafted by hand, by Doug Pickel​, ​owner of Azuant Custom Plaques.

When you sponsor or donate to Plaque of Honor, you are directly impacting a Service Member, First Responder or a Family of a Fallen Hero. 

 

For a family member who receives a Plaque of Honor it is a gift of sincere appreciation for the loss that was suffered, as well as for the sacrifice that was made.

 

For a Member of the Armed Forces or First responder who receives a Plaque of Honor, we are acknowledging our gratitude and appreciation for all that was given and sacrificed. 

No matter who you want to honor, Plaques of Honor shows an appreciation to those who serve, first responders and to families of fallen service members, that as a Nation we give our unwavering gratitude for their Hard Work, Dedication Service, Duty, Fidelity, Valor, Integrity and Self-Sacrifice that will live on for generations to come. 

Our Heroes will Never Be Forgotten.  We Thank you for sponsoring our Nations Heroes!

Meet Doug Pickel owner Azuant Custom Plaques

"When hearts come together, good things happen". The love we at Azuant Custom Plaques put into each build is just as strong as our love for those who served our country and communities in uniform. A craft chosen by God and nurtured by my father a WWII U.S.Navy Veteran my passion for woodworking began getting nurtured at a young 6 years of age as well as respect for our flag and all who served. I can only hope and pray that in my father's eyes, I'm honoring his service and everything his generation sacrificed during WWII with each plaque built. I began following Give2Those from the beginning and grew a deep respect for the many ways they help our veterans, police, fire and first responders. Their love and deep respect for the families of our fallen HEROS is evident in everything they do. I'm extremely proud to unite with Give2Those and help them raise funds for our saviors of freedom and their families by providing the Purple Heart Plaque, Service Medal Plaque, and an exclusive Flag Plaque for Police and Fire to Give2Those. I've been blessed by God with amazing friends who's hearts are the same as mine for giving back and that puts us in the right place, with the right charity, to show the love, respect, and honor their sacrifice with a one of a kind plaque from our heart to yours, it's the least we can do to honor their sacrifice and give back.

 

"For those whom fought for it, Freedom has a taste the protected will never know". 

 

Thank you kindly and God Bless

Doug Pickel President 

Azuant Custom Plaques

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Heroes that we have Honored 

Below are the Heroes we have Honored 

They risk their lives for us, Let us Honor & Remember Their Lives TODAY! 

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Marine Cpl. Nicholas G Xiarhos

Presented a Plaque in 2019, during Stride & Ride Relay

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Nicholas George Xiarhos, 21, died July 23, 2009 of wounds suffered during combat operations in Afghanistan’s Helmand province while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Nicholas was severely wounded by a roadside bomb. He fought courageously for his life before finally succumbing to his wounds despite the gallant effort of those treating him. 

Nicholas was born on Feb. 12, 1988, in Hyannis. He is the first child and first son of Yarmouth Police Lt. Steven Xiarhos and his wife Lisa Xiarhos of Yarmouthport. His siblings are Alexander, 19, and his twin sisters, Ashlynne and Elizabeth, 15.

Nicholas attended Yarmouth schools and played Yarmouth Little League baseball with the Athletics. In 2005, he completed the Massachusetts State Police Junior Trooper Academy with honors. In June 2006, he graduated from Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School, where he was selected to be a Student Ambassador and played baseball and football with the D-Y Dolphins.

His family, friends, teachers, and coaches remember him as a kind-hearted, selfless person who went out of his way to help others. He was affectionately nicknamed "The Mayor of D-Y" due to his outgoing personality, popularity, and ability to get along with everyone. In their senior year, his classmates presented him with the title "Does Most For Others." Nicholas enjoyed music — particularly hard rock, playing videos games, driving his Jeep, and especially spending time with his family and friends.

Nicholas had an enduring passion about serving his country and joining the military, which was heightened by the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Nine days after graduating from high school, he entered the U.S. Marine Corps Boot Camp at Parris Island in South Carolina, where he was selected to be a Squad Leader. On Sept. 22, 2006, he earned the title of U.S. Marine.

Nicholas entered his first tour of duty in Iraq's Anbar province as a member of the historic 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment (1/9), nicknamed "The Walking Dead." 1/9 was responsible for all security missions in that area and was divided into Police Transition Teams (PTT) that worked directly with Iraqi police.

The lives of Nicholas and 49 other Marines and Iraqi police officers were saved in April 2008 when Marine Cpl. Jonathan Yale of 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines (2/8) and Lance Corporal Jordan Haerter of 1/9 stood in the path of a suicide bomber's truck and prevented it from entering the Marine outpost in Ramadi, Iraq. The two Marines gave their lives for the "Fortunate Fifty." Nicholas and his family were honored to attend the special ceremony at the Museum of the Marine Corps where Jonathan's and Jordan's sacrifices were recognized by the presentation of the Navy Cross Award for Valor, the highest award given by the Navy, to their families.

Nicholas rose conventionally from Private First Class to Lance Corporal and in March 2009 he was meritoriously promoted to Corporal.

When he learned that fellow Marine and D-Y classmate Cpl. Andrew Coville of Yarmouthport was deploying for battle in Afghanistan, Nicholas left 1/9 to fight alongside Andrew — and to honor the battalions of Jordan and Jonathan.

Nicholas personally met President Obama at Camp Lejeune in 2009 when the President gave a speech to the thousands of Marines preparing to deploy for war in Afghanistan with his historic 10,000-member Marine Expeditionary Brigade as a renewed offensive against Taliban insurgents. President Obama spoke of great sacrifices, stating, in part: "Each of you has your own story. And that story is now a part of the history of the United States of America — a nation that exists only because free men and women have bled for it from the beaches of Normandy to the deserts of Anbar; from the mountains of Korea to the streets of Kandahar. You teach us that the price of freedom is great. Your sacrifice should challenge all of us — every single American — to ask what we can do to be better citizens."

At the time of his death on July 23, 2009, Nicholas was an Infantry Assaultman Shoulder Launched Multi-Purpose Assault Weapon (SMAW) Gunner, Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) Gunner, and Squad Leader with 2nd Battalion — known as "America's Battalion" — of the 8th Marine Regiment Weapons Company based at Camp Lejeune, N.C. During his three years of service, Corporal Xiarhos earned a Meritorious Mast Award for Outstanding Performance, Good Conduct Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, National Defense Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Combat Action Ribbon, Naval Unit Citation, and will be awarded the Purple Heart posthumously.

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Marine Veteran "Moto" Joe Leaston

Presented a Plaque in 2020 during Stride & Ride Relay

 Plaque of Honor was presented to marine Veteran  "Moto" Joe Leaston with American Legion Riders Bedford, MA chapter 221. He has ridden over 2,000 miles during the the Stride & Ride Relay, through the wind, rain, and cold nights and hot days. Never racking his Motorcycle even when one year in 2019 we hit the back end of a hurricane; Joe kept on riding forward. He is the true definition of the Marine Moto "Semper Fi'. That he is. Semper Fi, Joe.  

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Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew R. Rodriguez

Presented a Plaque in 2020 during Stride & Ride Relay

Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew R. Rodriguez, 19 years old, of Fairhaven was killed in action in Afghanistan Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. Born in Wareham, the son of Rolando "Rod" and Lisa (Johnson) Rodriguez, he lived in Fairhaven all of his life. Matthew, who was affectionately known as "Matt-Man" and "Smiley", was a 2012 graduate of Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School. He enlisted in the Marine Corps on August 20, 2012. He loved being an uncle and was devoted and loyal, to a fault, to family and friends. He was known, by many, for his infectious smile and blazing blue eyes. He was proud of his Cuban heritage. He was extremely proud of being a United States Marine. His truck was his prized possession. Matthew was an accomplished athlete, playing baseball for most of his life and hockey at GNBRVTHS. He was an avid sports fan, devoted to the Boston Bruins and Boston Red Sox. 

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Sgt. Micheal Chesna

Presented a Plaque in 2020, during Stride & Ride Relay

Sgt. Micheal Chesna, died July 15, 2018 at the age of 42. Following 9/11, Mike joined the U.S. Army to serve his country with the 187 10th Mountain Division, serving two tours of duty, where he was awarded the Purple Heart. He later fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming a police officer with the Town of Weymouth. Mike was a massive sports fan. Besides being an avid basketball player in his weekly men's league, he followed all the Boston sports teams with a passion and had a particular devotion to Bill Belichick. Mike was a collector. Among his collection were watches, bobbleheads, baseball cards and football helmets. He was smart and generous, but most of all he loved wrestling with his son Jack and doting on his favorite girl Olivia, who will always remember her Dads hugs

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 Sgt. Kimberly Agar

Presented a Plaque in 2018, during Stride & Ride Relay

 Sgt. Kimberly Agar, passes away unexpectedly on Monday, October 2, 2011 in Germany while serving in the U.S. Army. Sgt. Agar was born on November 25, 1985 in Dallas, Texas. Sgt. Agar graduated from High School in May of 2004 and entered the Army in July of 2006. Kimberly was sent to Iraq in July 2007, returning to U.S. soil in October 2008. While in Iraq she drove heavy duty trucks and other equipment to be transferred up the front where she encountered an IED explosion and sustained a concussion.

Plaques of Honor

 

Cpl.David Atherton

Presented a Plaque in 2019 during Stride & Ride Relay

Cpl.David Atherton was in the Military with the 972 MP Company of the 211 MP Battalion with the Massachusetts Army National Guard. 

He then wanted to continue his service to his country and the community and became a Stoneham F.F. David was tragically killed stateside on June 28,2016

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Memorial Plaque in Memory of  the 37 residents from Middletown that lost their lives on 9/11

Presented a Plaque in 2020  during Stride & Ride Relay

Middletown World Trade Center Memorial Gardens, 36 Church Street in Middletown. Middletown was the second hardest hit city after New York City, per capita, with 37 residents dying when the World Trade Center was hit in a terrorist attack

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Army Cpl. Joshua A. Harton

Presented a Plaque in 2019  during Stride & Ride Relay

Cpl. Joshua A. Harton, 23, a U.S. Army soldier from Bethlehem, was killed Saturday, September 18, 2010, during a combat ambush in Afghanistan. Born: October 14, 1986 in Sellersville, PA, he was the son of Ruth Shirey Harton. Personal: Joshua was a courageous soldier who proudly served his country. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) in Fort Drum, N.Y., and was a cannon crew member. He had served a tour in Iraq and was most recently stationed at Forward Operating Base Griffin in Afghanistan.

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 SSgt. Robert Kitchen

Presented a Plaque in 2019  during Stride & Ride Relay  in Old Bridge N.J at the 9/11 Memorial

Robert "Bob" Kitchen who died December 15, 2003.

Bob was one of the first boots on the ground at Karshi-Khanabad. As a civilian member of National Intelligence Support Team #1, a Joint Chiefs of Staff sponsored, multi-discipline, multi-Intelligence Agency Military and Civilian Volunteer group that was formed, then deployed immediately after 9/11.

NIST #1 was home-based at K2 beginning in October 2001 to roughly January 2002. NIST #1 supported 5th SFG and other government agencies’ elements further south with elements of the team going south as they did. Bob was at K2, Bagram, Kabul, and Tora Bora. After leaving K2, just before Christmas in 2002,  Bob took some leave, then joined another element field deployed to the Philippines for actions against the Abu Sayyaf group. After returning to the States he took his family to Jamaica for vacation and died on the beach there from a heart attack. He was in his mid-40s. There is a small memorial display for him at the 513th MI Bde at Fort Gordon GA, but the NIST was not assigned to any unit.

1Lt Brian M. Mcphillips

1Lt Brian M. Mcphillips

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Presented a Plaque in 2021 during Stride & Ride Relay

Marine  lst Lt. Brian McPhillips was not the type of person to accept failure. "He was able to think quickly on his feet," who taught McPhillips in high school. "He always had a fiery determination about him. If he got something wrong, he wanted to know how to make it better." McPhillips, 25, of Pembroke, Mass., died in combat April 4. He was a 1996 graduate of Boston College High School and a 2000 graduate of Providence College.

Captain Kyle R. Van De Giesen

US Marine Captain Kyle R. Van De Giesen

Presented a Plaque in 2021 during Stride & Ride Relay

U.S. Marine Capt. Kyle Rolf Van De Giesen of Temecula, Calif., formerly of North Attleboro, was killed in action in Afghanistan on Oct. 26, 2009.

Kyle was born on April 14, 1980 in Ridgewood, N.J. Kyle was a 1998 graduate of North Attleboro High School. As quarterback of the football team, he led his team to a Super Bowl victory as a senior and was awarded the Hockomock League offensive MVP. He was also a Boston Globe and Boston Herald All Scholastic and a Sun Chronicle All Star. Kyle participated in the Children's Hospital Classic and was also awarded the MVP.

Kyle was a 2002 graduate of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., where he was quarterback of the football team, which was re-established after a 58-year hiatus. He received his bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice.

After completing Officer's Candidate School in Quantico, Va., in the summers of 1999 and 2000, Kyle was commissioned as a second lieutenant, USMC in 2002. 

The ceremony was held at the Joseph W. Martin School, where Kyle attended grammar school. Upon completion of the Officer Basic Course in Quantico and Flight School in Pensacola, Fla., Kyle graduated in 2004 with his Aviator wings and assignment to train as an AH-1W Super Cobra pilot. He was assigned to HMLA-169 at Camp Pendleton in California.

Kyle was deployed twice to Iraq and finally this past March to Afghanistan. Kyle was hand-selected to be a Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics School Squadron One (MAWTS-1) instructor, the Marine Corps' center for aviation excellence and tactical instruction, commencing June 2010.

For his service, he was awarded an individual action Air Medal with combat "V," for valor and the Air Medal Strike/Flight with numeral 12, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with two bronze stars, and the NATO International Security Assistance Forces - Afghanistan (ISAF) Medal

SSG Micheal Downing

US ARMY SSG Micheal Downing 

Presented a Plaque in 2021 during Stride & Ride Relay

Army SSG Micheal Downing, Age 54, died peacefully in his sleep on August 20th, 2020. Born June 21, 1966 to Laurie and Robert Downing. Michael is survived by his wife Dawnalee, his children Samantha Bullock, Jacqueline Kielty, Alexandra Kielty and James Downing. He was a brother to his three sisters and their husbands: Laurie Doane, Nancy & Bob Bocock, Lynne & Bill Allen and his many nieces and nephews.
Michael was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Over the course of his many years of service he earned the Purple Heart, The Bronze Star and numerous other respectfully earned awards. He retired as a decorated Staff Sergeant.  Michael's experiences in the Army played an important role in his life. He always believed that the camaraderie with his battle brothers was very important and that maintaining those relationships was imminent. He always prioritized making people feel valuable and heard. Michael was known for his sharp wit paired with a very special sense of humor. He will be remembered as a selfless and humble man who’s generosity knew no bounds.These are only a few of the reasons he was loved and admired by so many. 
Michael was a man of many interests, he loved riding his Harley Davidson, playing a round of golf and even goal tending on his sled hockey team. He had a lifelong passion for hunting and enjoyed spending time at Reedy’s Archery.  He had an innate connection to his farm and spent a great deal of time being a compassionate caretaker of his animals.
Michael was an avid supporter of numerous Veterans causes and groups, which he took sincere pride in helping pay things forward for future generations of veterans that shared his love and commitment to this country. 

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US ARMY SGT 1ST Class Jared C. Monti  

Presented a Plaque in 2021 during Stride & Ride Relay

Jared Christopher Monti  was a soldier in the United States Army who received the United States military's highest decoration for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his actions in the War in Afghanistan.

Jared C. Monti enlisted in the National Guard as a high school junior under the delayed entry program on March 11, 1993. He went to basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., between his junior and senior year of high school. After graduation, he switched over to active duty and completed his initial military training at Fort Sill, Okla. After graduating from his Advanced Individual Training, he was awarded the military operations specialty 13F, or Fire Support Specialist. A fire support specialist leads, supervises, and serves in an intelligence and target-processing role in Field Artillery units of all sizes across the Army.

After graduating from basic and AIT he was stationed at Fort Riley, Kan. Monti was then assigned to the Korean Peninsula as part of the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, in the demilitarized zone. After leaving Korea, he moved to Fort Bragg, N.C. From Fort Bragg he went back to Korea before eventually ending up at Fort Drum, N.Y.

His military education includes completing the Combat Life Savers course in 1995, Basic Airborne School in 1997, Primary Leadership Development Course in 1998, Basic Noncommissioned Officer course in 2001, Air Assault course in 2002 and the Joint Firepower/Control course in 2004.

Monti was deployed with his unit when they were attacked by a group of enemy insurgents. When another soldier was wounded, Monti attempted to rescue him three times and was killed in action. President Barack Obama signed the authorization for Monti to receive the Medal of Honor and the medal was presented to his family in a ceremony, the President's first, at the White House in 2009. Monti was the sixth person from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to be awarded the Medal of Honor.

His awards and decorations (prior to earning the Medal of Honor) include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal with four oak-leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with three oak-leaf clusters, Good Conduct Medal 3rd Award, National Defense Service Medal (2), Korean Defense Service Medal (2), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2), Kosovo Campaign Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral two, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral three, NATO Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal, Global War of Terrorism Service Medal, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge.

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PFC  Henri J Lupien & Cpl Roland Joniec 

Presented a Plaque in 2021 during Stride & Ride Relay

PFC  Henri J Lupien & Uncle Cpl Roland Joniec 

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Sgt. Sean Gannon, K-9 Officer

Presented a Plaque in 2019, during Stride & Ride Relay

K-9 Officer Sean McNamee Gannon, Yarmouth PD, age 32, died in the line of duty on April 12th, 2018. Gannon was part of the Emergency Management Unit, a part-time member of the Proactive Anti-Crime Team, and he was the first K-9 narcotics officer for YPD. After retiring the K-9 narcotics officer, Gannon acquired the patrol dog who was also injured at the scene of the crime.

PV1 Jason Marden

Army PV1 Jason Marden

Presented a Plaque in 2020  during Stride & Ride Relay

PV1 Jasdon Marden, formerly of Revere, passed away unexpectedly on July 6, 2018, at the age of 35. Born in Boston, Jason grew up in Revere and graduated from Revere High School. He then attended Piedmont Central College in No. Carolina. Jason enlisted in the United States Army, serving during Operation Enduring Freedom with the 101st Airborne Assault Unit Rakkasans. During his time in the Army, Jason received citations, including the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon. In his free time, Jason had a passion for his truck, going to the beach or just being at the ocean, the Dominican Republic and he was an avid fan of the New England Patriots and Boston Celtics. A devoted father, son, brother and friend, Jason will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to have known him. Jason was the loving father of Jordan Evans Marden of Randolph. Beloved son of Kathleen Marden-Guerrero and Rafael Guerrero of Randolph. Devoted brother of Alfred Putney of NH and Yeraldy Pimintel of Randolph. Dear grandson of Luz Pimintel of Dominican Republic. Also survived by his “Brother-in-Arms” Richard Lewis of Chicago, IL and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and his military friends he served with in the military. 

Marine 1st Lt. Travis L. Manion

Marine 1st Lt. Travis L. Manion

Presented a Plaque in 2020  during Stride & Ride Relay

Marine 1st Lt Travis Manion, 26, of Doylestown, Pa.

On April 29, 2007, experienced Iraq war veteran from the 1st Recon Battalion, 1stLt Travis Manion, and his fellow Marines were ambushed while searching a suspected insurgent house in the Al Anbar province of Iraq. As he led the counterattack against the enemy forces, Travis was fatally wounded by an enemy sniper while aiding and drawing fire away from his wounded teammates. His courageous acts allowed every member of his patrol to survive.

Before his final deployment to Iraq, Travis left us with a simple but powerful ethos. “If Not Me, Then Who...” describes the sense of duty felt by service members and their families. Today it is a constant reminder for all of us to live with character and put the interests of others before our own. 

Born Novemebr 19, 1980 in Camp Lejeune, NC, he was the son of Thomas and Jannette Lemma Manion.

Travis graduated from LaSalle College High School in 1999 where he lettered in wrestling, football and lacrosse and was a member of five Catholic League Championship Teams, was named to both the wrestling and lacrosse 1st Team All-Catholic teams and earned All-American Honors in wrestling. Travis was the recipient of the Hal Selvey, Jr. Memorial Award for Unselfish Dedication and Leadership presented by the Philadelphia Wrestling Association in 1999.

Travis graduated from the US Naval Academy in 2004 where he was a preseason national top 20 wrestler. He won the 2002-2003 Weems Award for Leadership and Dedication presented by the Naval Academy Wrestling Association.

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Army Veteran Massachusetts Police Officer Ed Chisholm

Presented a Plaque in 2020  during Stride & Ride Relay

Officer Ed Chisholm is an Iraq combat Army Veteran. He came home and wanted to continue his service to his Country and the Community, so he did what he had to do to become a Massachusetts Police Officer. He continues to serve beyond the battle field. 

This Service Plaque was presented to Mr. Chisholm during Stride & Ride Relay in thanks for his unwavering support to our Country and the Community. 

Marine Veteran Nicholas

 Marine Veteran Nicholas Caris

Presented a Plaque in 2019  during Stride & Ride Relay

Nicholas a Marine Veteran himself, serving 3 deployments (0311), Ramadi, Iraq, South America MEU, & Marjah, Afganistan. He worked in the renewable energy industry and owed his own technology consulting company with the knowledge he received from DeVry University. Nicholas”s has a Bachelor of Science and Technical Management with a concentration in electronics and general tech.