Plaques of Honor 

Azuant Custom Plaques has exclusively collaborated with 

to Honor and Remember our Nations Heroes and their Families

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 Plaques 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!

Plaque of  Honor Sponsorship Information Below 

Please Note: You must pay for Sponsorship via Paypal before filling out the form below. To Pay for Sponsorship Please click Donation Button 


*Sponsoring 11 Plaques of Honor

*Company Name will be 

  displayed on back of Plaque  

*Company will be presented

  with a similar Recognition Plaque 

*Featured on event website, email, and social media  

$ 1,500 GOLD SPONSOR     

* Sponsoring 7 Plaques of Honor

* Company Name displayed on

   back of Plaque 

* Company will be presented

   with a Thank You Plaque 

* Featured on event website,

   email, and social media  


* Sponsoring 2 Plaques of Honor

* Company Name displayed on

   back of Plaque 

* Company will be presented

   with a Thank You Plaque 

* Featured on event website,

   email, and social media  


* Sponsoring 1 Plaque of Honor

* Company Name displayed on

   back of Plaque 

* Company will be presented

   with a Thank You Plaque 

* Featured on event website,

   email, and social media  


Please Note: If you would like to sponsor a specific Hero or Heroes PLEASE INDICATE on FORM BELOW
Only write the name(s) of the amount of Plaques your chosen sponsorship sponsors. 
Please also make sure if you are looking to have a Hero directly sponsor that you have DIRECT contact with the one receiving  the Plaque. If it is left blank funds will be directed towards a Fallen Hero on Give2Those list and or one that may come up in the future. We may contact you for additional information.

Please Note: Must Donate to the Sponsorship via Paypal before filling out the form below.

To Pay for Sponsorship Please click Donation Button 

Please Indicate Sponsorship Level Paid For Prior too Application Form

Please make sure if you are sponsoring a specific Fallen Hero that you also Email Two (2) Clear Photos at

Best Photo will be the one used on the Plaque of Honor 

Agreement Terms and Conditions. I understand that by sponsoring or donating to this program funds go towards Plaques of Honor and Give2Those Mission supporting our Nation's Heroes and their families. I understand that if I do not Request a Specific Hero to Honor that funds will be directed towards a Fallen Hero on Give2Those list and or one that may come up in the future.

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Personal Information: Personal information refers to any information that identifies you personally, such as first and last names, home addresses, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, payment information such as bank account and credit card numbers, and the like.

Safeguards & Use of Personal Information: Every reasonable precaution shall be taken to protect and preserve the confidentiality of our donors’ personal information. All employees, agents and authorized service providers of Give2Those are required to keep all information secure. Give2Those ensures that all personal information is properly collected, used only for the purposes for which it is collected, and is disposed of in a secure and timely manner when it is no longer needed. Any information supplied by donors to Give2Those will be used solely to fulfill their donation and purpose identified by donors. All requests to remain anonymous shall be honored. Sharing or Selling of Personal Information: Give2Those will not share, sell, trade or rent a donor’s personal information to others. This applies to all donor information, whether collected offline or online, and pertains to all contents of donor files. Give2Those will not send you donor mailings on behalf of other organizations.

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Communications Directly from Give2Those: From time to time, Give2Those will send announcements, invitations and foundation/program updates via email and/or regular mail. Supporters may choose to opt out at any time, which will cease all communications from us. You may unsubscribe from our e-mail list by using the unsubscribe link at the bottom of our newsletter emails or contact us through our postal address: P.O.BOX 206 NEWTON, MA 02468

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Changes to our Privacy Policy: It may be necessary for Give2Those to change this Privacy Policy from time to time. When we do, we will note the last update at the bottom of this Privacy Policy. Any changes will not be retroactively applied and will not alter how we handle previously collected information. For changes on this policy that may be materially less restrictive on use or disclosure of personally identifiable information, Give2Those will obtain your consent before implementing the change by sending a notice to your primary email address and home address specified in our records and by placing a prominent notice on our website. 

Further, I grant permission to all the foregoing to use my name, voice and images of myself in any photographs, motion pictures, results, publications or any other print, video graphic or electronic recording of this event for legitimate purposes.

By submitting this entry, I acknowledge that I understand the above agreement 

Thank you for helping us make a difference in Honoring our Nation's 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 we have Honored 

Below are the Heroes we have Honored 

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

Gold Star Father Steve Xiarhos

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.

Moto Joe Leaston Marine Veteran

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. 

Sgt. Micheal Chesna Family

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


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.


 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

Sponsored by Alumni Sports Cafe

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 commiss