GALLERY: Local veterans, families attend Glocester Memorial Day parade

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GLOCESTER – On the steamy summer-like Memorial Day holiday, the veteran, looking pleased and proud, parades down Main Street in Chepachet. 

Army Staff Sgt. Bernard Kenahan is beaming, smiling, looking fit. He seems bright as the sun as he strolls at the front of the Glocester Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony.

 The 90-year-old resident of Coventry served in Korea, from 1953-54.  

After a while, Kenahan jumps into a vintage vehicle, riding for the rest of the short parade.  

The driver, Bruce “Rusty” Ferreira – MSG Ferreira – who’s a Burrillville resident, is the owner of the 1952 Dodge M37 military truck, which he enters into auto shows and the parades, such as this one organized by the Glocester Light Infantry R.I.M. Unit.

Several years ago retired Master Sgt. Ferreira, Fox 8, US Army, “connected with Korean war veterans,” and sees to it the vets are strolling in parades, meeting the public.

The scene is high with emotion as parade route onlookers, from the youngest to the oldest, applaud and thank the vets for their service as Kenahan and other vets stroll or ride on by. Some of the onlookers themselves are veterans or loved ones of vets.

The parade, that included such groups as other military members, scouts, police, firefighters, and Colonial-attired participants, proceeded through Chepachet Village. 

Wreaths were placed at war memorials along the parade route. 

The festive parade was followed by a solemn memorial honoring fallen war veterans at Acote Hill Cemetery where dozens of onlookers stood silent by graves in the summery sun and heat.

Richard Mende, 90, of Scituate, veteran Army Staff Sgt., served in Korea and Japan, from 1952-1954
Alison with her daughter Olivia, 3
Veteran SP4 – National Guard Unit 110 PIO Phyllis Ferriera drives with veteran Corporal Vinny Doyle, who served in Korea.
Matt and Teresa Taylor, of Glocester, with sons (left to right) Adam, 7, Peter 3, Noah 9
Retired Master Sgt. Bruce “Rusty” Ferreira, Fox 8, US Army with veteran Air Force Airman First Class Charles Compton.
Glocester residents Kaityln, 8, and Aiden, 3, with mom Shelle Sacchi
From left to right are veteran Army Staff Sgt. Bernard Kenahan, 90, of Coventry; veteran Air Force Airman First Class Charles Compton, 77, of Smithfield; veteran Army Staff Sgt. Richard Mende, 90, of Scituate; and retired US Army Master Sgt. Bruce “Rusty” Ferreira, of Burrillville.
Sgt. Fred Sacchi of Glocester said, “I like that the parade honors people, and at the cemetery.” He served at Kosvo and as a peacekeeper in Iraq.
Army veteran Joseph Richard, of Johnston, served as a police officer with the 169 MP company.  With Dalia Richard, and Elliott, 11 months.  
Glocester resident Bob Lapierre, major, Air Force, served 21 years and was stationed in Korea, Japan, and Germany. Pictured with Evalina Lapierre

Editor’s note: Some of the names have been corrected in photo captions above. We apologize for any confusion the errors may have caused.

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