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This past Saturday, November 11th, the City of Everett gathered at the Connolly Center, in observance of Veterans Day, to honor and remember those who served in our armed forces.
This past Saturday, November 11th, the City of Everett gathered at the Connolly Center, in observance of Veterans Day, to honor and remember those who served in our armed forces. The annual service was attended by numerous local veterans and their families, as well as City and State officials.
Mayor DeMaria stated, “I want to express my sincere thanks to everyone who attended this years Veterans Day Service. Jeanne Cristiano, our Commissioner of Veterans affairs hosted a wonderful event celebrating all of those who gave, and give, so much for our country. I was very proud to be able to participate in honoring the men and women who have served the cause of freedom.”
Speakers addressed the audience and expressed their gratitude and appreciation for our Veteran community. They touched upon the themes of liberty and freedom, for which generations of Americans are so grateful.
The event also included keynote speaker, Paul Landry. Landry is a Captain with the Everett Police Department. In 2009, Brigadier General Landry assumed command of the 79th Troop Command of the Massachusetts Army National Guard. The 79th Troop Command is responsible for planning, enabling and supervising matters of homeland security under direction of the president or the governor. Landry was a member of the Massachusetts National Guard for over 30 years and served in numerous command and staff positions within the Guard.
Mayor DeMaria was also pleased to welcome home Captain John Michael Cristiano. John is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and is a US Army Captain. Captain Cristiano most recently served with the First Cavalry, 3rd Battalion, and 16th Field Artillery Regiment as the commander of Bravo Battery stationed in Fort Hood, Texas. Captain Cristiano served 10 years for the US Army.
The Mayor also had the privilege of bestowing the Key to the City to Ella DiPrima, who has worked tirelessly in support of our veterans, and whose work was essential in erecting the Memorial Stone at Everett Stadium, and in bringing a Chair of Honor to the Everett High School. Her efforts continue, and she is working with the Mayor’s Office to bring a Chair of Honor to City Hall as well.
The Everett High School marching band saluted each branch of the armed forces with rousing renditions of each branch’s military hymn. The ceremony concluded with the traditional bell ringing at the eleventh hour.