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Salem war veterans honored at Patriots game

Posted by Ryan Mooney  November 12, 2012 06:03 PM

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Mills Public Relations on behalf of MBCR and the Military Friends Foundation

From left to right: SGM James Kelly (Ret.), president of the Military Friends Foundation, Samantha and Paul Schuesler, of Salem, and Hugh Kiley Jr., general manager of MBCR.

It was with the purpose in mind of honoring those who have sacrificed to protect the freedoms that Americans enjoy that the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company (MBCR) randomly selected Paul Schuesler and his daughter, Samantha, two veterans from Salem, to join fellow veterans, families of fallen soldiers, and representatives of the MBCR and the Military Friends Foundation at the Patriots-Bills game on Veteran's Day in Foxborough.

The Shueslers both served in the Middle East, Paul during the Persian Gulf War, and Samantha during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and on Sunday they were served a 37-31 Patriots win that undoubtedly left more than a few finger nails at Gillette Stadium shorter than they were at kickoff.

The heroes' road to the game was in the MBCR's Gold Star Memorial Coach, wrapped in an American flag and decorated with 137 gold stars to represent the Bay State servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

"It is a privilege for MBCR to operate this traveling memorial," MBCR General Manager Hugh J. Kiley Jr. said in a statement. "To have these veterans and their families onboard on Veteran's Day is an absolute honor."

Ryan Mooney can be reached at globe.mooney@yahoo.com. Follow him on Twitter @mooney_ryan.

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