Monday, November 12, 2007
World War II Memorial Dedication Ceremony
The afternoon began with a parade that originated at the State House. It included various military and police color guards, a procession of World War II-era military vehicles, hundreds of veterans, and a wide range of dignitaries, all led by a fantastic marching band. At the memorial, there was a huge crowd surrounding the site. Mounted Providence Police kept order and the horses provided a distraction for the young kids in attendance. I was attending primarily because of my Uncle Joe. For many years, I remember my uncle working on this project. At family gatherings he would bring out pencil sketches of what it would someday look like. It was neat seeing it standing, just how he planned it to be. I was proud of my Uncle Joe and his dedication to preserve the honor and memory of our veterans. While at the event, I saw the Governor, Senators and Congressmen, Mayors past and present, and a number of other local dignitaries. I didn't get an opportunity chat with retired Senator Claiborne Pell or Congressman Patrick Kennedy, but it was nice to see them. Below are some photos from the dedication ceremony:
Above left : Joseph T. Corrente, (my "Uncle Joe") who was so happy to see his dream realized. Above right: a view of the Memorial, looking southwest.
Above: Some of the WWII era military vehicles that had been in the parade earlier.
Above: In addition to the crowd of attendees, there were numerous color guards and members of the marching band who looked so regal in their uniforms and feather hats.
After the ceremony, as I walked out with my Uncle Joe and the family we were besieged by the press. The TV crews surrounded us to interview my Uncle about his work on the Memorial.
Above: nearby views from two different directions across from the Memorial Park. Above left: "The Old Stone Bank" building, and above right: view over the Providence River, toward the financial district downtown. It was a wonderful experience, I am so proud of my Uncle Joe and very happy that I was able to fly in to attend. I'm ready to fly home to Palm Springs for some warmer weather!
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