Rhode Islanders Salute Their Service Men And Women

May 26, 2014

Today is Memorial Day, a day to honor the men and women who devoted their lives to serving their country in the armed services.  Many ceremonies and parades are planned across the state.

Students from Pawtucket's Alternative Learning Program gather flags to place on the graves of veterans.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Most of Rhode Island’s top lawmakers will be at the state Veterans cemetery in Exeter this morning. Governor Lincoln Chafee, along with the state’s entire congressional delegation plan to be in attendance. The President of the U.S. Naval War College will speak at the ceremony.  Music will be provided by National Guard's 88th Army Band.

On Friday National Guard commander John Taber was getting ready for the holiday, by replacing flags of veterans’ graves at St. Francis Cemetery in Pawtucket.

“And we do this every year, we’ve been doing it for the last ten, fifteen years now. The unit that I’m a commander of is two-hundred forty years old, and it was a militia unit that was started in 1775," said Taber.

The city of Pawtucket will hold several Memorial Day events today. Other communities in Rhode Island are scheduling their own services and parades, and wreath laying ceremonies to mark the holiday.

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