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Braintree celebrates Veterans Day at East school on Sunday

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  November 9, 2012 05:22 PM

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Braintree’s town officials will remember and recognize local veterans on Sunday, during a Veterans Day celebration expected to draw hundreds.

According to Braintree Veteran’s Agent Richard Walsh, the event typically draws 300-400 people, and consists of presentations by local officials, songs by students, and the raising of the colors.

Chief Warrant Officer Thomas McNulty, who is in his 28th year of service and is currently an instructor pilot and safety officer at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Kingston, will be guest speaker at the ceremony, which begins 10:30 a.m. at East Middle School. (Coffee and doughnuts will be servied in the cafeteria at 9:30 a.m.)

McNulty is recently returned from Afghanistan, where he flew UH60 Blackhawks as a medical evacuation pilot.

The event is only one of the events going on in the South Shore in honor of veterans this November.

Elsewhere, towns such as Abington and Quincy are having a parade, Carver is holding a breakfast, and Duxbury will host a monument dedication to celebrate the day.

Cohasset will have a similar memorial to Braintree’s, hosting speakers on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in the year in honor of the end of World War I.

While many towns are doing events alongside Braintree, Braintree is one of the few communities that does something for almost every veterans event in the year.

“Not only [do we do something for] Memorial and Veterans Day, but also for Pearl Harbor Day, which we will do again next month, and we do 9/11,” Walsh said. “Mayor Sullivan and the entire town have [also] always supported and worked together with the Braintree veterans council to administer Chapter 115 benefits.”

Veterans also met with students at Braintree High School the week before Veterans Day to speak with the soldiers about their time in the service and learn about their experience.

According to Walsh, the efforts are much appreciated to the community’s veterans.

“The veterans themselves get the feeling that people aren’t forgetting about them,” Walsh said. “Part of our initiative is so people won't forget and they will learn the importance of what veterans did so we can enjoy the rights and privileges we do in this country.”

Walsh noted that the town is administering benefits to an increasing number of veterans.

“It’s steadily growing. The numbers and names are confidential, but it’s somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 people,” Walsh said. “It’s low income and we do a lot of work that are long-term unemployment find work; that’s been an important thing lately.”

For more information on Sunday’s event, click here.

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