On Saturday, November 2, the Citys Healthy Communities Office hosted a Volunteering Veterans Award Breakfast at the Joseph A. Doorley Municipal Building. The event honored those who have served as exceptional volunteers at local veterans service organizations.
On Thursday, November 7, we hosted a gallery exhibit and reception at Providence City Hall to honor local veterans. The exhibit, entitled Honoring Our Neighborhood Heroes: The Stories Behind Providences Commemorative Places, features more than a dozen photographs of memorial squares, public monuments, schools and public parks throughout the Capital City, as well as the stories of the local veterans they are named after.
One of the many heroes featured was Dominique Poirier, a local World War II veteran who died in a POW camp in Fukuoka, Japan in 1945. A memorial square located at Mount Pleasant Avenue and Atwells Avenue was recently rededicated in his honor. His niece, Gloria Nerney, as well as several members of the Poirier family, attended the reception and addressed the crowd of active and veteran service members.
We have a solemn obligation to support our veterans and service members on Veterans Day and throughout the year. This exhibit is an important way to remember the lives and legacy of Providences local heroes.
The gallery exhibit will be on view at Providence City Hall until Monday, December 9. The Gallery is open to the public during City Hall business hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m. On the first and third Wednesday of every month, hours are extended until 7 p.m.
We are deeply grateful to our veterans, active military personnel, members of the National Guard, the Reserves and military families. These Veterans Recognition Days events are opportunities for us to thank veterans for their service to our nation and to reflect on the sacrifices they have made on our behalf.