Pawtucket Remembers A Veteran's Sacrifice

Nov 12, 2013

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.

Monument to Dennis Poulin
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

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.  His mother, Doris Poulin, said she’s overwhelmed by the honor bestowed on her son.

"It means that my son is not forgotten. And that’s what it’s all about. I don’t want my son to be forgotten," said Poulin.

Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien said he didn’t know Poulin when he was alive but admires his sacrifice.

"If Dennis is anything like the family that says a lot. There’s a lot this family has done to keep this young man’s honor and his name in our memories And it’s truly, truly our pleasure under these circumstances to remember those who have fallen," said Grebien.

The monument stands at the entrance to Slater Park on Armistice Boulevard.

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