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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates Veterans Day with State House Ceremony

For immediate release:
11/11/2016
  • Governor Charlie Baker | Lt. Governor Karyn Polito
  • Marylou Sudders, EOHHS Secretary
  • Francisco Ureña, DVS Secretary

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates Veterans Day with State House Ceremony

William Pitman

Boston — Today, Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, and Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Services Francisco Ureña came together to celebrate the service of Massachusetts veterans and service members while attending Commonwealth’s official Veterans Day ceremony at the State House. 

“Today we come together to honor all of those men and women that chose to serve our country,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The Commonwealth and the nation will forever be indebted to these individuals for their selfless bravery, honor, and everything they sacrificed in order to protect our freedom and liberty.”

“Massachusetts is home to nearly 380,000 veterans, these are the sons, daughters, husbands and wives of so many individuals in our community,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “We owe a debt of gratitude to every veteran past and present, as well as their family for everything they have given to our community.”

Massachusetts continues to be recognized as a national leader in the services offered to veterans and their families.

“Veterans Day is a day to remember and honor the tremendous sacrifice our veterans have made for the freedoms we enjoy and to reflect on the meaning of service to our country,” said Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders. “I thank them for their service and for the work the Department of Veterans’ Services does every day to show our appreciation.”

The Keynote Speaker was Enoch “Woody” Woodhouse, WWII veteran, and Tuskegee Airman.  A POW/MIA Ceremony was conducted including a candle lighting ceremony lead by Tim Sullivan, Cdr. USN (Ret.) Vietnam veteran and former POW.  Massachusetts Gold Star Families were paid tribute with a rose presentation.

“Today is a day of recognition honoring the men and women of our armed forces, their families and the sacrifices made for our grateful nation,” said Secretary of the Department of Veterans Services Francisco Ureña. “We are reminded of our continued responsibility as a community to raise awareness of the needs of our veterans.”

The ceremony also included a 21-gun salute by the Massachusetts Army National Guard followed by Taps performed by the Commonwealth Brass Quintet. 

“There is no institution on this earth that commands such an unwavering respect as the United States Military and the Veterans that have provided our freedom.” said Major General Gary Keefe, Adjutant General, Massachusetts National Guard. “The courage and strength all Veterans have demonstrated are qualities which deserve only our highest gratitude. Thank you for your service.”

About the Department of Veterans’ Services

The Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS) advocates on behalf of the nearly 400,000 veterans in Massachusetts, their families, and survivors. DVS works to secure federal compensation and other benefits for which veterans may be eligible. The Department also administers needs-based benefits program through Veterans' Service Officers throughout Massachusetts and provides state funding to organizations offering homeless shelter, transitional housing, and outreach services to veterans. 

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates Veterans Day with State House Ceremony

Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito 

Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, and members of their administration are committed to making Massachusetts the best place to live, work, and raise a family.

Executive Office of Health and Human Services 

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services is the largest secretariat in state government and is comprised of 12 state agencies, in addition to the 2 soldiers’ homes and the MassHealth insurance program. Our efforts are focused on the health, resilience, and independence of those we serve. Some of our public health programs touch every community in the Commonwealth.

Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services 

DVS advocates for policies, proposed legislation, and funding to support the nearly half-million veterans of the Commonwealth and their families.
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