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Veterans Honored in Valley

November 12, 2012

Volunteers holding American flags lined the streets during yesterday's ceremony honoring veterans at West Warwick Veterans' Memorial Park. Kendra Leigh Miller. Kent County Daily Times.

WEST WARWICK – The crowd gathered on the grounds of Veterans’ Memorial Park Sunday morning to thank those who are currently defending this country and to honor and remember those who died doing the same.

Representatives from the American Legion, Arctic Pack One Scouts, Civil Air Patrol, Army National Guard, American Legion of Rhode Island, Gold Star Mothers, Blue Star Mothers, Army, Navy Marines and Air Force along with town officials reflected on the sacrifices men and women have made to make our country what it is today.

“This is a time to remember those you served with and those who served before us,” said Cory Baker, Depertment Commander for the Rhode Island American Legion. “We take a moment and realize what they do for us every day. Especially when everyone has done more than one tour, it really affects a lot of people.”

Until November 11, 1918, Veterans Day was called Armistice Day.

The date was declared a national holiday in many allied during World War I to commemorate those members of the armed forces who were killed during World War I.

“It’s a sad but good day,” said Mike Mirto, Army veteran and Junior Vice Commander of American Legion Post #2, who presented and laid a wreath in front of the World War I memorial. “My dad was one of the first members of the American Legion in Paris. He served two tours in Vietnam. I come and take part in this for myself and to honor him.”

Stephen and Deana Pecchia felt it was important to recognize the day and consider those who lost their lives for the country and share the experience with their sons Nick and Thomas, who plays in the high school band.

“Hopefully, no one forgets the sacrifices that were made,” said Stephen Pecchia.

John Neylon, American Legion Vice Commander, said not all veterans have seen war but a common bond is their desire to die for the nation.
All gave some but some gave all,” he said. “We need to remember the battles we don’t

Another resident stood quietly by one of the memorials; hands clasped in front of her, head down.

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