BURRILLVILLE – Locals gathered by the Bridgeway in Pascoag on Thursday, Nov. 11 in honor of Veteran’s Day for a brief ceremony and speaking program organized by the Burrillville Allied Veterans Council.
From left are Berard Desjarlais American Legion Post 88 Commander Raymond Trinque, Deacon Richard Lapierre and Retired Army Lt. Col. Richard Peck.
Rep. David Place told the crowd, “As a veteran myself, I don’t know that I’ve ever walked up to a fellow veteran and said ‘thank you.’ We have others we thank. Today, I want to thank all the folks that, veteran or not, stand by us.”
The Honor Guard
Burrillville Town Council President Donald Fox said, “I stand before you humbled because I have the privilege of standing among so many veterans in one place. It is because of their willingness to serve that I stand before you today. Veterans, thank you for bravely doing what you were called to do, so that we can safely do what we are free to do.”
Local veterans salute during the National Anthem.
“We come together to honor those who have fought for us, who have defended us,” said Deacon Richard Lapierre.
Presentation of Colors
Sen. Jessica de la Cruz told veterans, “Every one of you are heroes to our country. You know more than anyone the sacrifices of keeping America the greatest nation on earth.
Rhode Island National Guard Lt. Col. Christopher Toti served as Master of Ceremonies.
An empty chair represents soldiers still missing in action.