People gathered from across the state on the Thursday before Veterans Day to dedicate a plaque in honor of the 27 men and women from Rhode Island who gave their lives in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Guest speakers from the City of Newport, Rhode Island General Assembly, U.S. Naval War College, and Community College of Rhode Island were on hand to speak about the perils of military service and the necessity of achieving higher education.
These 27 brave souls exemplify Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of standing up for what is right. Dr. King said that “A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.” Our fallen brothers and sisters signed their names on the dotted line to help liberate people a world away because that is what they believed was right. They refused to sit idle while corrupt governments were oppressing their people.
“A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
During the holiday season and the new year keep these courageous men and women in your thoughts and prayers.
SGT Gregory A. Belanger, Army Reserve
SSG Joseph Camara, Army National Guard
SGT Charles T. Caldwell, Army National Guard
SPC Michael Andrade, Army National Guard
CW5 Sharon T. Swartworth, Army
CPT Matthew J. August, Army
SFC Curtis Mancini, Army Reserve
MSG Richard L. Ferguson, Army
LCPL Matthew K. Serio, Marine Corps
CAPT Christopher S. Cash, Army
LCPL John J. Van Gyzen IV, Marine Corps
SSG Christopher S. Potts, Army National Guard
LCPL Holly A. Charette, Marine Corps
2LT Matthew S. Coutu, Army
SGT Dennis J. Flanagan, Army
SGT Brian R. St. Germain, Marine Corps
SSG Dale James Kelly, Jr. Army National Guard
SGT Moises Jazmin, Army
SGT Michael R. Weidemann, Army
PS3 Ronald A. Gill, Jr., Coast Guard
LTJG Francis L. Toner IV, Navy
PFC Kyle J. Coutu, Marines
SGT Michael F. Paranzino, Army
SPC Dennis C. Poulin, Army National Guard
LCPL Nickolas D. Schiavoni, Marine Corps
SGT Dennis P. Weichel, Jr., Army National Guard
LCPL Abraham Tarwoe, Marine Corps
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