Across the nation, many solemn occasions took place to honor the fallen on Memorial Day.
In Warwick, dozens gathered at Veterans Park.
“This is something that we will always appreciate as we go forward, and we can never forget their sacrifices,” Acting Mayor Joseph Solomon said.
Solomon recalled a veteran in his life he won’t forget: his uncle, who recently passed away.
“Uncle John comes to mind every time. He was kind of like the protector of the family,” Solomon said.
Warwick native Jim Hickey served in the U.S. Air Force.
He recalled when he served in Vietnam, and how he’s thankful he can return to Veterans Park every Memorial Day.
“It was my honor to serve. When I look back on it, think of the memories of my friends that never did come back. So, when I come back here, I try to have some kind of remembrance and that’s what this is all about. We can reflect back on those memories, and try to remember some of the good times, and that’s what keeps me going,” Hickey said.
Monday, a dogwood tree was planted to serve as a living memorial.
During its season, which includes Memorial Day, it’s in full bloom.
The tree was planted as a reminder that even though some aren’t here, they still have their roots in Rhode Island.