The Boston Marathon, the Year of Service and Sophia Snow Place: Making Connections

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The Boston Marathon, the Year of Service and Sophia Snow Place: Making Connections
Howard Lucket military uniform

The Boston Athletic Association names Howard Luckett Honorary Co-Captain of the Military Relay for the 2018 Boston Marathon

This year’s marathon marks 100 years since the historic military relay that was the 1918 Boston Marathon.  So the Boston Athletic Association has announced the 2018 Military Relay to commemorate that historic event that kept the Boston marathon going.   Sixteen service members from different branches of the military will be part of this ceremonial occurrence and will pass the baton to each other as they run along the course. Each military relay runner has ties to a community along the marathon route.

The 122nd running of the Boston Marathon is a culmination of the BAA’s Year of Service which is being celebrated with the #passthebaton challenge.

Howard Luckett is named honorary captain

We at Sophia Snow Place are proud that our own Howard Luckett has been chosen to captain this historic team.  Howard and Esther Luckett have been resident members of the Sophia Snow Place community since 2006 when they moved to the Boston area.  The rich lives they continue to live here will be a focus of our Spring 2018 newsletter.  That has been a continuance of a life-long committment to community and country that started many years before.

When Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941, Howard was 13 and vowed that he would join the military as soon as he could.  Five years later, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, beginning his long career in the military.  During that tour of duty, Howard worked in the Quartermaster Corps beginning as a clear and later working in finance.  As his tour came to an end, Howard continued to be impressed by the service men returning from war and was inspired to re-enlist in the National Guard.  When the Korean War broke out, Howard again enlisted, this time as a Marine.  You can read more about Howard’s military service on his baa.org page.