Service members honored in Veterans Day events around Southern New England

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(WPRI) — On November 11, we pay tribute to the men and women who have served and are currently serving our country.

After many events around Rhode Island and Massachusetts went virtual last year due to the pandemic, this Veterans Day looks and feels more normal.

Rhode Island:

9 a.m. — Wreath-laying in North Kingstown: The ceremony was held on the grounds of Veterans Memorial Park at the three memorials paying homage to those lost in the nation’s armed conflicts.

9 a.m. — Stillwater Assisted Living And Skilled Nursing Community: Sen. Jack Reed presented citations to the 15 veterans living in the community.

9 a.m. — Portsmouth Veterans Day events: The American Legion Post 18 Veterans Day Celebration took place at the Portsmouth Town Hall, which was followed by a parade, live music and refreshments.

9 a.m. — Providence woman honored: Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos was at the Portsmouth Legion meeting to present a citation to the family of Rose Clancy for being the first woman from Rhode Island to join the U.S. Navy as an enlisted member. She was also the first female commander of the R.I. American Legion.

10 a.m. — North Kingstown parade: About two dozen veterans marched in the parade, along with community, service and youth groups.

10 a.m. — Warwick ceremony honoring veterans: Mayor Frank Picozzi and state Rep. Camile Vella-Wilkinson unveiled a medallion to honor veterans of the Cold War at the park outside Veterans Middle School. There was also a procession of the Warwick Fire and Police Department’s Honor Guard and posting of the colors. A benediction was given by Reverend Robert Marciano, followed by remarks from a Cold War veteran, Picozzi and Vella-Wilkinson.

10 a.m. — East Greenwich parade: The town held its annual parade on Thursday, which included a wreath-laying ceremony near the World War II Memorial on the corner of Cliff Street. The parade then proceeded to the Town Hall for closing ceremonies.

11 a.m. — Annual ceremony at RIC: The event included a color guard supported by the Naval Medical Readiness and Training Command of New England; invocation by Father TJ Varghese of Mary, Mother of Mankind Parish; remarks from Kasim Yarn, Director of the Rhode Island Office of Veteran Services; keynote speech from April Shaw, Coast Guard Retired, Rhode Island College student; presentation of the Meritorious Service Award to Micaela Black, VetSuccess on Campus Coordinator for RIC and CCRI; and a wreath laying to honor service members and veterans by Shaw and RIC President Frank D. Sanchez.

11 a.m. — Elmhurst Rehab: A special ceremony was held to honor a dozen of long-term care residents who proudly served our country. The veterans were recognized in person by state Rep. David Morales and received citations sent by U.S. Sen. Jack Reed and Gov. Dan McKee. A luncheon with family and staff followed.

11 a.m. — Toast to the National Colors of the US: Sen. Jack Reed delivered remarks hosted by The Squantum Association. The timing of the event coincided with the time the Armistice took place at the end of World War I.

11:30 a.m. — East Providence honors veterans: The city hosted a ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park at Squantum Woods. Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos and Mayor Bob DaSilva were among those in attendance. World War II Veteran Joseph Gomes, 101, was there with his family who is visiting from California to celebrate Veterans Day with him and other local vets.

12 p.m. — Brown University: Sen. Jack Reed joined school officials and student veterans enrolled at Brown on for the university’s 2021 Veterans Day Ceremony.

1 p.m. — URI Armistice Day Ceremony: The URI Student Veterans Organization, together with the URI Office of Veterans Affairs and Military Programs, hosted an Armistice Day Ceremony on campus, which included several speakers and a presentation of the colors by the URI Army Reserve Officer Training Corps.

2 p.m. — State of RI Annual Veterans Day Ceremony: Gov. Dan McKee was joined by members of the state’s congressional delegation and elected officials at the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol. They delivered remarks and held a wreath dedication to honor all Rhode Island veterans and those currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Massachusetts:

9 a.m. — Fairhaven Veterans Day Parade: A parade was held to honor all veterans followed by a brief ceremony, which included the raising the “Big Flag” and a cannon-firing in front of Fairhaven High School.

10 a.m. — Wreath-placing in Swansea: A ceremony was held at the Veterans Memorial Green that included a traditional wreath-placing to honor veterans. The event featured a brief speaking program.

10 a.m. — Westport’s annual ceremony: The town honored all who have served in the United States Armed Forces at the Beech Grove Cemetery.

11 a.m. — New Bedford Police Department Parade: The parade started at Buttonwood Park from Union Street and Rockdale Avenue. The route was easterly on Union Street to County Street, left on County Street heading north to Williams Street, then Easterly on Williams Street to Pleasant Street and south on Pleasant by the reviewing stand in front of the Main Library.

11 a.m. — Ceremony in Somerset: Residents were invited to gather for a ceremony at the World War II monument in front of the Public Library. This was followed by coffee and donuts inside the library, where pictures of all Somerset WWII veterans’ names on the monument are on display. The Somerset Berkley Regional High School band was slated to perform.

1 p.m. — Fall River Veterans Day Parade: The parade was back to its familiar route to pay tribute to local veterans. It steped off from Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School on Stonehaven Road, proceeding down Bedford Street before ending at the Battleship Cove on Water Street. The parade’s five divisions led off with Gold Star families.

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