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Photo: Iraq veterans from Brighton saluted at Patriots game

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  November 14, 2012 04:14 PM

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(Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail Company)

Pictured from left to right: Iraq combat veteran Sergeant Major James Kelly, who is now the president of the Military Friends Foundation; Brighton residents Jean Suzin Whitten and Martin Reidy; and Hugh Kiley Jr., general manager of the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail.

A pair of Brighton residents who served in the Army in Iraq joined other veterans, service members and families of fallen soldiers at Sunday’s New England Patriots game at Gillette Stadium, according to a press release.

Jean Suzin Whitten and Martin Ready were part of a group of fifteen people with military ties who were randomly-chosen for “Pats for Patriots Tribute," the release from the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail Company said.

Each traveled with a guest aboard the railroad company's Gold Star Memorial Coach to the stadium where they watched the Pats hang on to beat the Buffalo Bills, officials said.

The train is wrapped in an American flag adorned with 137 gold stars – representing Massachusetts service men and women who gave their life while fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Whitten and Reidy met in the military, the release said. The last time they were deployed, in 2010, they went together.

“It is a privilege for MBCR to operate this traveling memorial. To have these veterans and their families on board on Veterans’ Day is an absolute honor,” railroad company general manager Hugh J. Kiley Jr said in a statement.

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