On Thursday, March 28th, The New England Garrison was invited to visit a young Star Wars fan by the name of Alex who was undergoing surgery at the Boston Children’s Hospital. We had been told that Rex was Alex’s favorite Star Wars character, so Rex was sure to put in an appearance. However, on the day of the visit, Artoo stole the show! Artoo just might be Alex’s new favorite character in all of the saga!  Also, we brought along some Star Wars toys for Alex, and the visit really made his day! Here is part of an email from…
 
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  On Sunday, March 15th, the New England Garrison kicked off the unofficial start to the trooping season by marching in the annual Boston’s St Patrick’s Day Parade. We were joined by members of the Rebel Legion’s Alderaan Base and the Mando Mercs, as well as troopers visiting from the Empire City Garrison! The morning started off with a breakfast tailgate party! Big thanks to Jess and Andy for all that they did! It was awesome to have some hot food to fight off the cold. The weather was a factor on this day, keeping some troopers with a bit…
 
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On Saturday, January 10th, the New England Garrison was asked to attend the funeral of Jeremy Boquet in Essex Junction, Vermont. Jeremy was vocal in Vermont’s Geek community, and was a huge fan of the 501st. He had met the Garrison at conventions around the region. The Garrison was asked to act as the honor guard at service remembering Jeremy’s life. The memorial was held at the local movie theater, Essex Cinemas. At the service, a number of family members came up and thanked our troopers for showing up. Troopers stood throughout the ceremony, which included some readings and songs,…
 
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On Saturday, December 2oth, members of the 501st Legion – New England Garrison and The Rebel Legion – Alderaan Base where asked to pay a visit to a young Star Wars fan who was recently diagnosed with cancer and is in the hospital to begin his chemotherapy treatments. By all accounts, it was a quiet visit, but very successful.  As more than one trooper pointed out afterwards, this is why we do what we do!  Conventions may be fun, but days like this are at the heart of what we do and why we do it.  For the 501st is truly all…
 
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  Over the course of four days in November, members of the 501st Legion – New England Garrison, Alderaan Base of the Rebel Legion, Firaxan Clan of the Mandalorian Mercs, and droids from the local R2 Builders Club were invited to The LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston, in Somerville, Massachusetts. This was the first Star Wars weekend for our local LEGOLAND, which included a special night for season pass holders. It was a very successfully troop from all accounts, and it sounds like we will be invited back. Troopers reported that the event was filled with kids who were just in…
 
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