This past Monday, November 11th, the City of Everett gathered at the Connolly Center in observance of Veterans Day to honor and remember those who served in our Armed Forces. The annual service was attended by numerous local veterans and their families, as well as City and State officials.
Noted speakers included Everett High School student, Jacqueline Strom, Everett Firefighter and member of the United States Coast Guard, Lieutenant Anthony Carli, and Christopher Bencal, who served in the US Navy. All of the speakers who addressed the audience expressed their gratitude and appreciation for our Veteran community.
During her remarks, Strom touched upon the themes of liberty and freedom, for which today’s younger generation of Americans are so grateful.
Lt. Carli spoke of how, for over two centuries, the U.S. Coast Guard has safeguarded our Nation’s maritime interests in the heartland, the ports, at sea, and around the globe.
Bencal touched upon the importance of we civilians acknowledging and expressing our gratitude for the veterans in the community. Bencal was so deeply touched by the words spoken by Strom, that he presented her with his wings that he received as a U.S. Navy Pilot.
As is tradition, the Everett High School marching band saluted our armed forces with rousing renditions of each branch’s military hymn. The ceremony then concluded with the traditional bell ringing at the eleventh hour.