Members of the Marine Corps League Charles Shutt Detachment march in the 2019 Watertown Memorial Day Parade. The streets of Watertown were lined with people waving flags, Monday, to pay tribute America’s fallen service men and women, and watch the 2019 Memorial Day Parade. The annual parade featured local veterans groups, scouts, Watertown Police and Firefighters, bands, military vehicles and much more. Close to 30 groups took part in the parade, with participants coming forward as late as Friday. Participants said the 2019 edition of the parade drew one of the largest crowds in years.
Watertown’s new Veterans Services Officer Patrick George, left, is pictured with Bill Byrne, Commandant of the Marine Corps League Shutt Detachment, and Mark Comeiro previous Watertown VSO and current Andover VSO. Watertown’s new Veterans Services Officer hopes to reach more former servicemen and women, both young and old, to make sure they are getting all the services they are entitled to for serving their country. Patrick George has been working in Watertown for just over two months, and is trying to get settled in Town Hall, and get to know local veterans groups, veterans in town and their families. He has already been busy. In May, he has already given his first budget presentation to the Town Council, helped get a memorial to a Watertown Marine killed in Vietnam approved, and will oversee the Memorial Day Parade for the first time.
Memorial Day ceremonies and the parade will be held in Watertown on Monday, May 27. Watertown will honor its veterans with several events during Memorial Day week. Veterans Services Officer Patrick George announced following schedule. WEDNESDAY 22 May 2019 at 5:00 pm:
Meet at Ridgelawn Cemetery
Flags will be placed at Veterans’ graves at all Watertown cemeteries by Veteran organizations and Volunteers. Interested volunteers should contact the VSO at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-972-6416
SUNDAY 26 MAY 2019: Morning Services and Dedications:
7:30 a.m. – WWI Memorial Stone – (front of Shutt Detachment)7:40 a.m. – Cottage Street Cemetery7:50 a.m. – Coolidge Square POW/MIA Monument8:00 a.m. – Arlington Street Cemetery8:10 a.m. – Common Street Cemetery8:20 a.m. – Charles River Float8:30 a.m. – World War II Memorial Stone (front of Town Hall)8:35 a.m. – Saltonstall Park8:45 a.m. – Moxley Field (AMVETS Post 14)8:55 a.m. – St.
Paul Gorman, a Watertown Marine killed in Vietnam, will have a memorial in his name on Main Street at Emerson Road. Paul Gorman was one of the nine Watertown residents killed while serving in Vietnam, but he was the only one who does not have a memorial in his honor. That will soon change, after the Town Council approved creating a memorial square in his name. His sister Bonnie attended Tuesday’s Council meeting where the memorial on the corner of Main Street and Emerson Road was approved. “This is a wonderful opportunity to honor Paul,” Bonnie said.
Watertown’s Stephanie Cooper recently became a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army. She is seen here with Brig. Gen, Joseph B. Berger III
Recently, Watertown’s Stephanie Rose Cooper was sworn in as one of the U.S. Army’s highest ranks, in front of her parents, husband and sons at one of the most iconic spots in Boston. When Cooper learned she would be promoted from Major to Lt. Colonel (two ranks below general) she got choose where the ceremony would take place, and she selected the home of her beloved Boston Red Sox. Brig.
Watertown has a new Veterans Services Officer who served in the Marines, worked on veterans issues in the State House and has an educational background in government and public policy. Patrick J. George was appointed the Veterans Services Officer starting on March 18, 2019, Town Manager Michael Driscoll announced Friday. George has five years experience in the U.S. Marine Corps as a computer systems administrator. He supervised 10 Marines in day-to-day operations of the information technology (IT) support, managed the integrity of 4,000 computer assets, and implemented technology upgrades for Marine Aircraft Group 24 in Hawaii. He received the Joint Service Commendation Medal for accomplishments related to instruction and development of Afghanistan National Army Soldiers in vehicle maintenance and convoy operations.
Watertown’s Town Hall. Watertown’s new Veterans’ Services Officer will be a familiar face to many. Gina M. Rada has been appointed to the position of Veterans’ Services Officer, Town Manager Michael Driscoll announced this week. She succeeds Mark Comeiro, who left for a similar position in Andover. As Veterans’ Services Officer, Rada will be responsible for the oversight of services to Watertown veterans and their dependents.
The Town of Watertown announced that the annual Pearl Harbor Day observance will be held on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.
Watertown’s Department of Veterans’ Services, along with Watertown Veteran’s organizations, will hold a brief “Pearl Harbor Day 2018” observance at the landing above the former wharf in Watertown Square. Please join is as we honor our World War 2 Pearl Harbor veterans on this 77th anniversary. For information please contact the Town Manager’s Office, Town of Watertown, at 617-972-6465