A hero’s welcome in Bristol
September 6, 2012 by Mark
Tom LaPorte, one of Bristol’s outstanding citizens, will be honored as the 2012 Hometown Hero at the Chrysanthemum Festival. The 51st annual gala event will be held on September 22 in downtown Bristol.
A long-time resident since 1951, LaPorte has been dedicated to preserving local history. He is the vice-president of the Memorial Military Museum and in the Board of Directors on the Bristol Historical Society. One of his greatest achievements was to spearhead the campaign for the erection of a war monument situated on Memorial Boulevard in 2011, along with the Korean War Veterans.
His in-depth knowledge and charming attitude has made him a regular presenter at local schools, churches and other organizations. Many of his lectures, presentations and achievements would not have been possible without the assistance of local printing companies who can offer expertise in graphic design, printing, layout, and presentation styles. LaPorte’s work with the local library photographic display at the Bristol History Room is just one example of how one man can give back to the community. City Historian, Bob Montgomery, says that Tom deserves recognition for all of things he does.
Along with heritage preservation, LaPorte has been a dedicated member of the Bristol Hospital Hospice Volunteers and is involved in the Bristol Hospital Lights of Love program. He also serves as an usher at St. Joseph Church. Although the Hometown Hero award will not be his first award, it will be one that encompasses all the many ways that he contributes to the community.