Veterans Day en Pawtucket Remembers A Veteran's Sacrifice <p>There were wreath-laying ceremonies and parades all over Rhode Island Monday in honor of Veterans Day. But perhaps none was more poignant than one in Pawtucket.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>About 200 people gathered in Pawtucket’s Slater Park for the dedication of a granite monument in memory of Army Specialist Dennis Poulin. Poulin, a native of Pawtucket, died in Afghanistan two-and-a-half years ago as the result of a rollover accident. He was 26.&nbsp; His mother, Doris Poulin, said she’s overwhelmed by the honor bestowed on her son.</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 14:09:46 +0000 Flo Jonic 24673 at Pawtucket Remembers A Veteran's Sacrifice Area Restaurants Thank Veterans With Free Meals <p>Throughout the state Monday there were parades and wreath-laying ceremonies to honor the veterans who have passed away.&nbsp; For the living there were free meals at several local restaurants.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Fire and Ice Restaurant at Providence Place Mall has been serving up free meals to veterans on Veterans Day for the past three years. This year, they expanded the freebie to include immediate family members as well. Restaurant manager Brian Ahlquist said it’s their way of saying thanks to those who have served out country in uniform.</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 13:48:37 +0000 Flo Jonic 24671 at Area Restaurants Thank Veterans With Free Meals RI Veteran Transitions From Military To Student Life At URI <p>On this Veterans Day we meet Donald Ruggieri. &nbsp;He served five years in the Marine Corps, and was deployed to Iraq as an explosives dog handler.</p><p></p><p></p><p>He continued that work state-side, working with the secret service on missions for both President Bush and President Obama.</p><p>Ruggieri is not only a veteran, but also a student at URI where he is studying to become a veterinarian.&nbsp;</p><p>Ruggieri spoke with Rhode Island Public Radio’s education reporter Elisabeth Harrison.</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 13:56:31 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 24612 at RI Veteran Transitions From Military To Student Life At URI Shutdown Keeps RI National Guard From Columbus Day Parades <p>The Rhode Island National Guard said it has had to cancel its participation in all of the Columbus Day events. That includes the Columbus Day parade on Federal Hill.</p><p>Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Parente said there are 15 events on the calendar for next month, including some for Veteran&rsquo;s Day. He said if the partial federal shutdown stretches into Veterans Day, the National Guard will do what it can to have a presence.</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 18:51:36 +0000 Catherine Welch 23084 at