To the Editor:

On behalf of the Watertown History Museum, a huge thank you to those who helped mark the 100th anniversary of our WWI monument on Friday, May 21st.

Thank you to local groups that enthusiastically embraced and participated in the ceremony: Commander Mike Minervino, and Joe Ostroski, chaplain from VFW Post 7330, and Paul Wozniak, color guard captain and team for the military firing squad salute and taps. 

Thank you to Freda Carreiro, Trumbull-Porter DAR, who laid a wreath at the monument; and Bob Wills, commander of Watertown/Oakville Veterans Council for his heartfelt remarks about the memorial’s significance. 

We’d also like to thank the Veterans Council for providing lunch, and VFW 7330 Auxiliary President Brenda DiFederico and Treasurer Phyllis Schaar for serving and arrangements.

Thank you to Swift Middle School students Olivia Van Dyke and Andrew Brown for reading stories of WWI soldiers killed or wounded in action; Watertown Schools Superintendent Dr. Alison Villanueva for telling about three African-American soldiers; Dr. Cayla Fappiano, active duty captain in the U.S. Air Force, honoring local women veterans; and Leslie McKeon, a Barlow descendant, who read the story of her Barlow ancestors who served in the Great War.

We are grateful for the town’s support and appreciated Mark Raimo, our town manager, who gave powerful and thought-provoking remarks about the significance of metal and stone. Last but not least, we thank Lisa Carew and her wonderful Parks and Recreation staff for setting up tents and chairs, the PA system and providing ice cold water.

This event was truly an example of doing better by working together...that’s what Watertown and Oakville are all about. If you missed the ceremony, you can find additional information about this event and World War I veterans on our website at www.watertownhistorymuseum.org/upcoming events.

Diane Ciba, Curator

Watertown History Museum

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