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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-15-2018

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4 WOONSOCKET NOVEMBER 15-21, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION WOONSOCKET – Michelle Mariani's father, Bryant Mariani, served in the United States Army and lived the remainder of his life as a proud veteran. However, when he died in 2001, he didn't receive military honors at his funeral. With his family unaware of the tradition, the occasion passed without marking Mariani's ser- vice to his country years earlier. "My mom didn't think to ask at the funeral home," said Michelle. "He had never gotten the honors and I felt that he should." On Sunday, Mariani was one of three deceased veterans honored at a Veterans Day service and monu- ment dedication at American Legion Post 85 on River Street, one of two Veterans Day ceremonies that took place in the city. Kim Lapierre and Pauline Dubois also accepted hon- ors on behalf of their father and husband, Edward J. Dubois, who served in the Army, while Carol Frisk accepted honors on behalf of her father, Heliodore Beaudoin, who served in the Army. Brig. Gen. James D'Agostino and Command Sgt. Major David Smith presented the honors to family members in the form of an American flag. The ceremony, which was well- attended by city veterans and family members despite brisk weather, also included military taps, the singing of the national anthem by Woonsocket High School senior Olivia Duclos and a salute to fallen veterans. The Rev. Philip Salois, chaplain of Woonsocket's United Veterans Council, presented the blessing. The occasion marked the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armi- stice ending World War I on Nov. 11, 1918, an event that concluded a war that had claimed more than 116,000 American lives. Event Chairman and Post 85 Historian Albert Beauparlant played the role of Field Marshal Ferdinand Foch and Michael Dubois portrayed the German Matthias Erzberger during a re-enactment of the signing. Foch, who served as supreme commander of the Allied forces during World War I, played a key role in the city's celebrations of the occasion two years later, when he visited Woonsocket and was cheered in his native tongue. As several speakers noted, the end of World War I was cause for celebra- tion throughout the world, as many expected the tremendous loss of life to deter further conflict for many years to come. That prediction proved untrue, and speakers at Sunday's cere- mony recalled the American veterans who have fought in many wars over the past century. "This was a conflict so bloody and so horrific that many referred to it as the war to end all wars. Sadly, it was not," said David Malone, American Legion state commander. Though the war did not bring an end to conflict throughout the world, it did mark a new commit- ment to providing for veterans in the United States. Malone noted how the American Legion, along with many government-funded veterans' benefits, trace their roots to the aftermath of World War I. "It's a commitment that continues today, whether a veteran be wounded by an IED in Afghanistan or a train- ing accident stateside," he said. The ceremony also marked the unveiling of a new monument designed by local artist Dan Guernon. The monument features nine flagpoles flying the flags of the United States, Rhode Island, France, Quebec, the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard, as well as a POW flag. Robert Lafort, commander of Post 85, invited the public to visit the monument and remember the sacrifices of veterans from the seating area in front of the flags. Following the service, attendees gathered inside the post for a beer and dynamite supper. As Frisk remarked, it was a fitting end to the ceremony, one that her father, one of the deceased veterans honored during the service, would have appreciated. "He did love a good dynamite," she said. Deceased veterans honored at unveiling of Legion monument By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com CAROL FRISK accepts military honors on behalf of her father, Heliodore Beaudoin, from BRIG. GEN. JAMES D'AGOSTINO. BREEZE PHOTOS BY LAUREN CLEM ALBERT BEAUPARLANT, above, left, portrays French Field Marshal Ferdinand Foch and MICHAEL DUBOIS portrays German Matthias Erzberger during a re-enactment of the signing of the armistice ending World War I. 2044 Smith St., North Providence, RI (401) 231-2370 fax (401) 232-9220 www.ourplacetux.com Congratulations! You're Engaged! FREE Grooms Tux! With any wedding party of 5 or more. Groomsmen will get $20 OFF their Tux Rental! Wine Tasting • Appetizers • Door Prizes 481 Clinton St. Woonsocket, RI 765-1800 New OwNers Personalized Baskets & Nip Trees Made to order "Perfect for the Holidays." Kettle One Vodka 1.75L $32.99 Smirnoff Vodka 1.75L $19.99 Sam Adams 6 pk $16.99 All Barefoot 750 ml $5.99 ...1.5L $11.99 Bud/Bud Light 30 pk $23.99 + tax

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