Saluting our veterans

No stopping them

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Carrying on a tradition started several years ago, Warwick Neck School students and faculty traveled to a Veterans Day observance at Warwick Neck Light Thursday, but getting there wasn’t as easy as it had been in prior years. Due of roadwork, buses had to park at some distance leaving the faculty and students to “parade” to the light. Neck resident Jonathan Knight presided over the ceremony that was initiated by resident Jack Henriques who continues to plan it today. The Coast Guard that operates the light played a key role in the proceedings with Commander Josh Fant speaking about the declining ranks of those serving in the military and how only 29 percent of those between the ages of 17 and 25 would meet standards to serve today. He concluded on a bright note saying, “Work for me isn’t work at all. I love what I do.” Police Commander Mark Ullucci spoke about city support of the military, pointing out how during his deployment he knew he had a job to return to. “The City of Warwick looks out for all its veterans…it’s a powerful feeling of community,” he said. Also offering remarks were Principal Patricia Counsineau, Father Robert Marciano, Mayor Joseph Solomon and Fire Chief Peter McMichael. Students Amelia Holmes, Roman Jimenez, Elsie Beckett and Daniel Branca read poems and stories they had written and following songs lead by chorale director Kristy Procaccianti, students presented cards to the veteran and those in uniform along with invitations to return to the school. (Text and photos by John Howell)

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