WEST WARWICK â€“ The crowd gathered on the grounds of Veteransâ€™ 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.
â€śThis is a time to remember those you served with and those who served before us,â€ť said Cory Baker, Depertment Commander for the Rhode Island American Legion. â€śWe 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.â€ť
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.
â€śItâ€™s a sad but good day,â€ť 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. â€śMy 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.â€ť
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.
â€śHopefully, no one forgets the sacrifices that were made,â€ť 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,â€ť he said. â€śWe need to remember the battles we donâ€™t
Another resident stood quietly by one of the memorials; hands clasped in front of her, head down.
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