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Press Release Baker–Polito Administration Recognizes Veterans Day with Virtual Ceremony

For immediate release:
11/10/2020
  • Executive Office of Health and Human Services

Media Contact for Baker–Polito Administration Recognizes Veterans Day with Virtual Ceremony

Brooke Karanovich, Media Relations Manager

BostonTomorrow, Governor Charlie Baker will join Department of Veterans’ Services Secretary Cheryl Lussier Poppe, veterans, active military, clergy, and musical performers from across the Commonwealth to celebrate Veterans Day in a virtual celebration to pay tribute to those who have served and continue to serve our nation.

The event will be streamed at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 11, on the Facebook pages for the Department of Veterans’ Services, the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, and the Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea, as well as on the official 2020 Veterans Day page, where it will continue to be available for viewing on demand. Local news stations, including cable access in many municipalities, will also be airing the virtual ceremony. A list of participating stations can be found here.

“Today we pause to say thank you to those in our Commonwealth who have and continue to serve our nation with valor and distinction,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Let us not forget that because of the brave men and women who wore the uniform, we can live the lives we do in a safe and free country.”

“Our Commonwealth is forever grateful to the veterans who stood in harm’s way to ensure our liberty,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “While our celebration looks different than years past, the meaning of Veterans Day and the appreciation we have for those who served is stronger than ever.”

“Massachusetts continues to lead the way in how our government cares for our evolving and diversifying veteran population,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders. “With gratitude, we continue our steadfast commitment to those who committed some, if not all, of their lives to us.”

“As a veteran, we honor those who came before us to hold the burden of our nations freedom on their shoulders,” said Veterans’ Services Secretary Cheryl Lussier Poppe. “Thank you to my fellow brothers and sisters who have and continue to serve, your sacrifice does not go unnoticed, and I hope this virtual ceremony shows just how proud we are to call you our heroes.”

“It is an honor to be a part of this year’s virtual Veterans Day Ceremony to celebrate the contributions that all veterans have given in our communities,” said Major General William “Bill” Chen, U.S. Army (Ret.). “My story, along with the thousands of veterans of Massachusetts, shine bright on this day as we honor their service.”

For more of the Commonwealth’s virtual Veterans Day Celebrations, visit Mass.Gov/VeteransDay2020 and follow #VeteransDayMA on social media.

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Media Contact for Baker–Polito Administration Recognizes Veterans Day with Virtual Ceremony

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 agencies, in addition to 2 soldiers’ homes and the MassHealth program. Our efforts are focused on the health, resilience, and independence of the one in four residents of the Commonwealth we serve. Our public health programs touch every community in the Commonwealth.
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