Today March 29, 2021 we honor and remember all the Veterans of the Vietnam War.
March 29 is a fitting choice for a day honoring Vietnam veterans. It was chosen to be observed in perpetuity as March 29, 1973 was the day United States Military Assistance Command, Vietnam was disestablished and also the day the last U.S. combat troops departed Vietnam. In addition, on and around this same day Hanoi released the last of its acknowledged prisoners of war.
Below are someone the photos from the observance held at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at One Ellis Square yesterday, It was a cold and rainy day but many came out to remember all of these Vietnam Veterans, 11 of which were killed in action from Beverly, Massachusetts.
From left to right, State Rep Jerry Parisella from Beverly, Ma. Ken Cassola, Eric Johnson and Bob Laws.
Organized by Beverly residents, especially Jan Pierce and Terry Mailous. On a cold Sunday Beverly residents collected well over 45 new pairs of sneakers to be delivered to Chelsea Soldiers Home this past Sunday March 14th
Below are some of the photos taken from that collection day
A big thanks to Texas Roadhouse, Jay Lahey and The Daughters of the Revolution for there donation of multiple pairs of sneakers.
Tonight February 8th, 2021 we had a Zoom meeting to discuss many issues that are relevant to the VFW and local Veterans.
Our State Rep. Jerry Parisella, who is a member of our VFW updated all of us on Corvid-19 Vaccination. The Bedford VA Hospital is now taking appointments for Veterans 50 and older, call the Main Number and request an appointment. Also for the 75 and older you can call the State of Massachusetts at 211 or go to ww.mss.gov to request an appointment, this is for all citizens not just Veterans.
Also discussion on having our annual fundraiser this year, it was not held last May due to Corvid, but we are hoping with things getting better we might be Able to fund raise in May, this will be looked into next month again. We do have a request in with the City for the Can Drive at local stores over Memorial Day weekend.
The Commander ( Paul Lantz) discussed having street signs for sue veterans who did in action and have not been acknowledged with a marker, we will discuss this at future meetings.
If you are a Veteran and served overseas and would like to join a great group please send us an e-mail and we can contact you for membership.
The final edition to the Beverly Vietnam Veterans Memorial at One Ellis Square is now on order, the Black Granite sign bill be 8′ in length and 20″ high and mark the entrance to the Park. It will also have a Black Granite walk way as you enter from Cabot Street.
The QR code Plaque will also be placed so those who enter can click on the QR code and get information on those Veterans who died in Vietnam and who’s names are on the Memorial.
Thanks to the Mayor Cahill, Stephanie Bilotti, Mike Collins, David Perinchief and all those from the Engineering Department for working on this project.
I guess we can also thank, Chuck Clark, Cory Paulette and Jerry Guilebbe who are on the Committee and have been since the beginning.
The City of Beverly has a world class Memorial for all to visit and reflect as we honor the 11 names on the Wall who gave their lives in Vietnam.
Today December 19, 2020 members of the Scouts Troop 4 and may others placed wreaths at Central Cemetery and N. Beverly Cemetery for the Christmas Season. It was a very cold morning ( 15 degrees) but not a problem for young boys and girls.
Each of the scouts placed a wreath and read their name and said here we place a wreath for a Veteran.
Thanks to Jeff and the other adults who came out to supervise and work with the young boys and Girls.
A thanks to both the Pack 4 N. Beverly Cub Scouts and Mario and his Boy Scout Troop who took care of removing the flags from N.Beverly and Central Cemetery. This is one of the biggest 2 cemeteries to take care of.
Also thanks to Cory Paulette, Chuck Clark, for all their hellcat the N.Beverly Cemetery.
Paul Weinberg and his group removed all the flags from the Sons of Abraham Cemetery on Cole Street, and Sean Murray for taking care of the Farms Cemetery.
This years with the Corvid -19 virus still waging a war against us all, we have decided to have just Veterans at the various Memorials as we place wreaths, and honor those both Living and those who gave their life.
Veterans Day Program
We will start the program on Wednesday Nov, 11, 2010 at 11:00
AM. it will be on the 11th Month. 11th Day and 11th hour.
We will be at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Beverly Hospital and from their to Veterans Memorials at Odell Park, and finish up at Vietnam Veterans Plaza at One Ellis Square.
We have asked all Veterans who are planning to tend about 25 to wear a mask and practice safe distance.
Photos and a Video will be uploaded in a few weeks see on this Web Page,
Gold Star Mother’s Day is observed on the last Sunday in September which will be Sunday, September 27, 2020 this year. Gold Star Mother’s Day is intended to recognize and honor those mothers who have lost a son or daughter in the service of the U.S. Armed Forces.
The Members of The Fortunato Veterans o Foreign Wars Post 545 in Beverly, honored our Gold Star Mother Betty Crawford who lost her son Stephen Fortunato in Afghanistan.
STEPHEN R. FORTUNATO
Age: 25 Branch: U.S. Army Rank: Specialist Unit: 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division Station: Fort Hood, TX
Fallen on: October 14, 2008 Location: Qazi Bandeh, Afghanistan Campaign: Operation Enduring Freedom
Medals & Commendations: Purple Heart, National Defense, Afghanistan Campaign, Global War on Terror
PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED APPLICATION AND RULES FOR THE PATRIOT PEN CONTEST. THIS IS FOR GRADES 6 THROUGH 8, BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS ARE ELLIGIBLE.
THE FORTUNATO VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS POST 545 IN BEVERLY, WILL AWARD THE LOCAL WINNER $ 100.00 AND SEND HIS OR HER NAME AND ESSAY OFF TO THE STATE FOR FUTURE CONSIDERATION.
YOU CAN CONTACT THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE VFW PATRIOTS PEN CONTEST Christine Tron at email@example.com or The VFW Post 545 Quartermaster Jerry Guilebbe at firstname.lastname@example.org for information and applications.
We would like all applications and essay’s back to us by the 15th so we can process them and submit our winner to the State VFW.
Thanks to the Spear Post American Legion Post 331 we will start having our monthly meetings again:
The Fortunato Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 545 will have their monthly meeting this Tuesday September 15th, at 6:30 PM in the upper hall, please be sure to wear your mask, There will be selected seating to keep all safe.
Hope to see to all as we start with our Monthly Meetings on the First Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM.
The Beverly Vietnam Veterans will also start having monthly meetings starting on Wednesday October 7th at 6:30 PM also at the Spear Post.
If you would like to join one of our Veterans groups please send us an e-mail. You can also call 508-725-7865.
This has been a difficult year for all of us, but we were still able to award ( 5 ) $ 2000.00 each scholarships to deserving Beverly High School ROTC Students and North Shore Community College Veterans to continue their education.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ASSISTING THE BEVERLY VIETNAM VETERANS OR FORTUNATO VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS POST 545 WITH A DONATION TO HELP US CONTINUE WITH ASSISTING OUR LOCAL STUDENTS, PLEASE SEND TO EITHER THE BEVERLY VIETNAM VETERANS AT P.O. Box 661 BEVERLY, MA. OR FORTUNATO VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS POST 545 P.O. Box 424, BEVERLY, MA
THIS WAS A TRYING TIME FOR ALL, AND ESPECIALLY THIS Memorial DAY WITH HE CORVID19 VIRUS.
Members of the Beverly City Council, and the Veterans Organizations in Beverly spend many hours last week placing 3800 American Flags on the graves of those who died for our country.
We also went around to many of the City Memorials on Memorial Day and place wreaths at these Memorials, we kept it to a small group and the short program at Veterans Memorials at Odell Park to finish up our program,’
I cant thank the Members of the Beverly Vietnam Veterans Post # 1, and the Fortunato Veterans of Foreign wars Post 545, and Both the Herman A Spear Post 331 and Michale J. Cadigan Post 46 of Beverly Farms and it’s auxiliary for providing the many hours of work. Our Commander Chuck Clark and Cory Paulette, Paul Lantz worked 100’s of hours to get the job done.
I also need to thanks Robert Harrisngotn for doing the Video for Memorial Day which will be shown on local Cable Access.
On April 29, 2020 the Beverly Vietnam Veterans Post # 1 lost one of our members, Kay Trefry. She was our only Woman Veteran and was always such a great lady, who was always there with us for all the events and gatherings.
She will be missed by all and we send our condolence’s to her family.
The members of the Beverly Vietnam Veterans ( BVV ) will be out collecting for our Scholarship Program and funds to assist local Veterans. The fundraiser drive will start June 30 and continue each day through July 3rd. at the various grocery store locations throughout Beverly. Please come out and support us so we can support our local ROTC students and Northshore Community College students.
Here are some past photos of our fundraising events
The Members of the Fortunato Veterans Of Foreign Wars Post 545 will be out canning from May 17th through the 23rd of June throughout the City a various locations. This fundraiser is to help us with providing local Scholarships at Beverly High School and North Shore Community College. This is also to support the many local activities and programs through the VFW and local Veterans. Please stop by and make a donation and receive our Red Poppy, it is appreciated. You can also send a donation to the Post to Veterans of Foreign Wars Fortunato Post 545, P.O. Box 661, Beverly, Ma. 01915.
Thanks to one of our Beverly Vietnam Veterans and VFW Members here in Beverly, a great turn out came to support the American Legion’s 100th Anniversary. Leland McDonough planned the event and a great turn out from both the Beverly Vietnam Veterans ( BVV ) and Fortunato Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 545 both in Beverly. Mrs. Mrs. Joanne Patton, Daughter in Law of General George Patton Jr, and Widow of Major General George S. Paton IV was also present for the evening at the Post. Thanks to all who came out to support the A.P. Gardner Post 194.
THE PROGRAMS SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 28TH HAVE BOTH BEEN CANCELLED!!!!!
PLEASE ALL STAY SAFE DURING THESE TIMES AND PLEASE CHECK IN ON ALL YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS BY PHONE TO SEE HOW THEY ARE ALL DOING AND IF ANY OF OUR VETERANS ARE IN NEED.
Americans celebrate Vietnam Veterans Day annually on March 29 thanks to a measure signed into law by President Donald Trump in 2017.
The holiday, officially known as National Vietnam War Veterans Day, was made official by Trump through the “Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017,” and encourages Americans to display the U.S. flag in honor of Vietnam veterans.
U.S. Armed Forces personnel with active duty service between November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location of service which includes:
Nine million Americans serving during that time
6.4 million Americans living today
2.7 million U.S. service members who served in Vietnam
58,000 whose names are memorialized on a black granite wall in our Nation’s capital
304,000 who were wounded
1,253 Missing in Action (MIA) heroes who have not yet returned to American soil
The combined efforts of the American Legion District , Michael J. Cadigan Post 46 American Legion, Beverly Veterans Council, Fortunato Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 545, Beverly Vietnam Veterans Post # 1 help the annual Four Chaplain Sunday Program, which was the Seventy-Seventh year.
Over 90 people attended the event at the Hastings House in Beverly Farms to hear the story of the Four Chaplains who gave there loves to help save so many when the Troop Transport Ship USS Dorchester was hit by a German U Boat Torpedo and sank in the cold waters on February 3rd, 1943.
A Special thanks to the Members of the Michael J. Cadigan Post 46, especially Don O’Connor for purchasing the food and with the Auxillary Members Raeann, Sandra, MaryLou and Pat for putting all the food together and filling sandwiches and cleaning up.
Below are some pictures of the event.
Also Thanks to District 8 American Legion Chaplain Bob Laws for putting this all together.
Fortunto Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 545, Beverly, Ma. hold it’s monthly business meetings once a month on the second Saturday of each month at the Anchor Pub. It is a great turnout out and get together, breakfast is FREE! To our new Gulf War Veterans come and join us, we are not your usual Bar, smoke filled rooms, we discuss, way to asset others in the community, get them Benefit, Health Care. We are currently planning Many events, our Annual Poppy drive, teacher of the year award, and many othersevents.
We need your help to assist the younger veterans with the many issues they face. If you want to join us our meetings are held the second Monday of each month in the upstairs hall of the Herman A. Spear Post 331 at 6:30 pm. Even if you are interested in helping us out, send me your e-mail and we will keep you posted on the evens we have and anything you can do to help us. Send an e-mail to the one listed on this web page. email@example.com
We wish to thank the North Shore Christian School, Beverly Campus 3rd and 4th grade, and Liz Macdavitt for all the help in removing the flags at North Beverly Cemetery on a cool and wet day. Amazing how fast this group was arable to remove over 500 flags!!!
We are please to announce that the Fortunato Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 545, selected Lilly Noelle Glass as our winner, and her name was then sent on to State for future consideration. She was awarded $ 100.00 as our winner.
Thanks to all who submitted an entry and be assured that each one was read and given consideration.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, Veterans who served as far as 12 nautical miles from the shore of Vietnam, or who had service in the Korean Demilitarized Zone, are presumed to have been exposed to herbicides, such as Agent Orange, and may be entitled to service connection for any of the 14 conditions related to herbicide exposure.
For additional information go to the www.va.gov and search Agent Orange, Navy Blue water, it will list all the conditions related to Agent Orange.
If you are from Massachusetts each City and Town in the State has a Veterans Agent ( VSO ) and can assist you with this or any other claim or VA Health Care enrollment. Just call your City or Town Hall and ask to speak to the Veterans Agent.
This years parade was to honor Veterans with former Mayor Bill Scanlon and his wife Louise as Grand Marshall.
The day was dry but very cold, and the snow and rain held out for the Parade, which was one of the largest and a good crowd came out to enjoy the many Bands, Floats, Dancers, ROTC, Veterans and so many more participants.
The Beverly Veterans Council with the help of Paul Lantz, Don O’Connor, Cory Paulette, Chuck Clark, Jerry Guilebbe and Jan Pierce put the goat together and Walter( and his grandson), Jerry, Chuck, Cory rode the float.
THE MEMBERS OF THE BEVERLY VIETNAM VETERANS AND FORTUNATO VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS POST 545 WISH ALL OF OUR VETERANS AND FRIENDS A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A SAFE A HEALTHY NEW YEAR.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Fortunato Post 545 (VFW ) in Beverly and the Beverly Vietnam Veterans Post # 1( BVV ) would like to wish all a great Thanksgiving and to remember those who are serving all over the world especially those in arms way. If there is a Veteran or Veterans family who needs assistance this Thanksgiving please let us know by e-mail and we will do our best to assist them. All requests will be kept private, among the Veteran and his Family and our group.
With the passing of Veterans Day and winter on the door stop, it is time to remove the flags that we had placed back for Memorial Day. The Staff and Students from the North Shore Christian School assisted myself in removing the flags from the N. Beverly Cemetery.
Also thanks to Paul Weinberg and Sean Murray for removing flag from the Jewish Cemetery on Cole Street and Beverly Farms.
There still may be some flags at Central and if you should be in the Cemetery maybe if those who visit can remove a few flags and eventually they will all get removed by winter. All flags removed can be taken to City Hall, Central Fire Station, American Legion on Pond Street, just remember to take the flag off the stick. If you have any questions please send us an e-mail which is on our web site here.
Members of the Beverly Veterans Council and Beverly Vietnam Veterans attended a ceremony at Ledgewood Facility on the campus of Beverly Hospital. Each of the 15 Veterans were given a Plaque with a certificate of Appreciation for there service. The Boy Scouts from Troop 4 handed out American Flag Pins. The program had an opening prayer, songs, poems and a short speech by the Director of the facility. Coffee and cake was served after the program. Thanks to all who came out for this program, the Veterans were so happy we came to recognize them and spend some time with them. The Boy Scouts lead all with the pledge of allegiance and the posting of the colors.
This November 11,2019 at 11:00 Am, the City of Beverly’s Veterans, family, Citizens came together on a beautiful day to honor all Veterans on this Veterans Day.
A large crowd came out for the program, with an opening of Bag Pipes playing, followed by the bells at the Church ringing out at 11 AM. This was to commemorate the signing of the end of World War I on the 11th Month, the 11th Day on the 11th hour.
David Perinchief he Veterans Service Officer was the MC for the program and had District 8 American Legion, and Chaplain of the Beverly Vietnam Veterans Post ( BVV) open with a prayer. Our State Representative and Lt. Col in the Army reserve and a Gulf War Vet gave the remake rom the State House, this is followed by the Mayor Michael Cahill, who spoke on the sacrifice all veterans and their family have given over the years. A wreath was place by Col. Nick Petronzio ( Ret) and State Rep and Lt. Col Jerry Parisella, A closing pray by the chaplain. A collation as held at the Hreman A Spear Post 331 following the service. Thanks to all !!!
The Members of he Beverly Vietnam Veterans Post # 1, Veterans of Foreign Wars Fortunato Post 545 ( VFW), American Legion Post 46 Post American Legion Post 331 and AMVETS Post # 56, gathered at the Memorial at Beverly Hospital with family and friends for a wreath placing ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Beverly Hospital.
The muring of Noevner 8th started off with a great program by the Beverly Middle School, they had interviewed 5 Veterans and presented a story of each one. Poems were read and a banner with many of the Beverly’s veterans were placed on the banner that ran the length of the stage. The Beverly High School and there ROTC honored the Veterans at there assembly with a speech by a former BHS Student and ROTC Cadet. Thanks to CWO Smith and the staff at BHS for this Veterans Day Program.
The work that both the Superintendent, Teachers, Staff and students was on of the best!! Thanks to all for a wonderful Veterans Day Program.
A great breakfast was put together by the Beverly Council on Aging, Senior Center. Food was made available by Tod Rotondo at Cafe Salerno. The Beverly High School ROTC posted colors, and after breakfast a movie was shown for Veterans Day. Thanks to Maryann Holak and her staff for all he work putting this together.
On Wednesday at 8:30 Am, the students of the North Beverly Elementary School, came together for a wonderful Veterans Day program of dance, Poem’s singing. Thanks to all the Teachers, Principal and students for a worker morning.
A thanks to all the staff and Students and especially Caroline Gilligan for the wonderful cards and donations they made to the Veterans, we will send these cards to some of our Gulf War Veterans and the money collected will be used to obtain a gift basket to those Veterans at Skilled Facilities here in Beverly, most of which are World War II Veterans.
On November 5th, 2019 the Members of the Fortunato Veterans of Foreign wars Post 545 enjoyed a lunch at the Herrick House. A meal of steak or chicken with all the fixing was had by about 20 Veterans and residents of Herrick House.
Our VFW Post 545 has a monthly coffee on the 4th Thursday of each month. It is always great to hear the stories of these World War II Veterans.
Veterans Day and the Dedication of the New Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Ellis Square took place on November 11th, 2018 at 11:00 AM. A large turn out came to observe Veterans Day and the unveiling of the new Sculpture and Plaques at the new Memorial.
After the Veterans Day observance, the Dedication took place with the reading of the 11 names of the killed in Acton in Vietnam from Beverly and the unveiling of the new sculpture. The new Memorial was a effort of many people especially the members of the Beverly Vietnam Veterans, City of Beverly, and many others. The project started almost 2 years ago, and after many meetings and discussions, the Vietnam Memorial is now a reality, and as time goes on we will continue to add to the park.
Please plan on attending this years Veterans Day Program which will be held at Vietnam Veterans Memorial at One Ellis Square.
As always the program will start on November 11th at 11:00 AM.
The day known as Armistice Day is commemorated every year on the 11th of November to mark the armicise signed between the Allies of World War 1 and Germany at Compiegne, France at 5 am, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War 1, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning of the 11th day of the 11th Month of 1918.
We named all our parties as Monsoon, due to most everyone of them having major rain storms. But this year is a perfect end of summer day, with temperatures in the 80’s, with. bright sun shine.
Our host Cory and Maryjane Paulette and Chuck Clark put out a variety of food, Burgers, Dogs, Chicken, Steaks Tips, many appetizers of devil eggs, salad, beans, cheese and crackers, and so much more. We had enough deserts to feed 100 people, and all were so good.
Many if not all of the Beverly Vietnam Veterans came out for todays party, Bob and Beckey made the trip up from Florida. We had many invited guests who have worked with our veterans group over the year.
This is our official end of the year party and will now look forward to the fall and winter with many events planned.
We also welcomed a new member today, Ron Genest a Navy Veteran.
On Saturday September 7, 2019, which started out as a cool, and overcast day for the Annual Harbor Fest at Glover Wharf in Beverly. The sun came out just in time for a great afternoon. Many vendors, music and magic show for the kids, Beverly Dive Team, Coast Guard of the Beverly Vietnam Veterans. Many people came to our table and we had t shirts and sweatshirts for sale and a donation jug to help us with the continued fund raising for the new Vietnam Veterans Memorial at One Ellis Square. Many thanks to the Commander Chuck Clark, Cory Paulette, Greg Leonard and jerry Guilebbe for manning the table all day long. We were also interviewed by Beverly Cable access.
Scholarships were give to 4 students, 1 from Beverly High School ( Henrique Sousa, looking tom attend one of the following colleges, U Mass Boston, U Mass Lowell, U Mass Amherst, Merrimack or Endicott, excited by all schools.
Derek Brennan at North Shore Community College and will transfer to Salem State University.
Krystal Leach, attending North Shore Community College and will stay attending Radiology Tech Program.
Brian Davenport, at North Shore Community College and will transfer to Endicott this fall.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WHO RECEIVED THERE SCHOLARSHIPS
Members of Veterans Council for the first time participated in the Annual Holiday/Santa Parade in Beverly this past ( 2018) year. We had a 5 Ton Army truck all decorated, Members of the Beverly Veterans Council riding along in the back of the truck were Chuck Clark, Jerry Guilebbe, Cory Paulette Greg Leonard and Bill Prince of the Beverly Vietnam Veterans and VFW. Don O’Connor of the American Legion Post 46 Beverly Farms, and Ron Genest of the American legion Herman A Spear Post 331. It did rain a little and not exactly summer weather but a great time was had by all!!!!! A Special Thanks to Susan Moran, her Husband and Daughter Emma and her friend for there help with the float and coffee and Donuts!!!!!! A Special Thanks also to our driver !!!
Plans are under way for another Parade and the group is looking to make this year even better. The Holiday/Santa Parade this year is December 1st, 2019 Starting at Beverly High School at 1:00 PM, with all to gather by Noon.
This year we will have a trailer and many veterans will ride on this, we will be decorating the float on Saturday November 30th at 9:00 Am at Cory’s house all ae welcome to help and ride with us on Sunday December 1st, 2019. All will meet at Noon at Beverly High School Parking Lot.
Veterans Day 2018, was held on the 11th Month of the 11th Day of the 11th Hour. It also marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1. The Veterans Day Program was opened by Veterans Agent David Perinchief, and at 11 am all the bells in the City of Beverly Churches rang out for Veterans Day. This was followed by Ron Innocenti ringing the bell for all our Veterans. At the conclusion of Veterans Day Program, Commander Chuck Clark of the Beverly Vietnam Veterans opened the program for the Dedication of the new Beverly Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
The Commander thanked all who made the Memorial Possible and then Rep. Jerry Parisella placed a wreath at the new Memorial, followed by the reading of all the names of those who were killed in Action from Beverly and are now part of the New Memorial along with the Bronze Sculpture. A crowd of over 300 came out to be part of this historic day, and at the conclusion many took pictures of the new sculpture and the park.
On a cool and windy day November 11th, 2018 Veterans Day was observed and followed by the dedication of the new Vietnam Veterans Memorial. A Large crowd turned out for both ceremonies and the program was started with bag pipes playing as the crowd was making its way to the ceremony. On the 11th Month, 11 Day at the 11th Hour, all the bells in the city of Beverly Churches rang out in honor of this day.
David Perinchief presided over Veterans Day, after the bells the Pledge of Allegiance was said by all. A welcome to all groups in attendance followed by an invocation by Chaplain of the Herman A Spear Post District 8 Bob Laws and a moment of Silence. The Herman A. Spear Post 331 rifle guard fired a salute followed by taps which was performed by Phil and Donna Dennison. A wreath was placed to honor all those who were killed in action. The greetings were brought from Mayor Michael Cahill , followed by State Representative Jerry Parisella from the State House. Closing remarks by David Perinchief and then the program was then handed off to Commander Chuck Clark of the Beverly Vietnam Veterans for the dedication on the new Memorial. Chuck Clark thanks all were part of this 2 year project. The the reading of all the names of those Beverly Veterans who were killed in action from Beverly and who’s names will be forever at this Memorial. A wreath was then placed followed by the unveiling of the new sculpture at the Memorial, w
hen it was uncovered there was an applauded from all in attendance. The sculpture had everyone trying to get pictures and groups gathered to take group pictures for more than 20 minutes. This Bronze sculpture is the only bronze sculpture in the City of Beverly. The sculpture was designed by Jane DeDecker of Loveland Colorado, who was chosen from all the entries that came from all over the United State. Please come on out and take a look at this inspiring park located here in Beverly at Ellis Square.
A big thanks goes out to the Beverly High School, ROTC Program, Football Team, Band and Cheerleaders for providing a great day for local Veterans as we all entered the field and marched to midfield to participate in the Nation Anthem. It was a beautiful warm fall day and an honor to be part of the Beverly High School Football Game.
On June 27th through July 3rd, the Members of the Beverly Vietnam Veterans will be out canning for our Annual scholarship Fund Raiser, this supports our Scholarship Programs for Beverly High School ROTC and North Shore Community College students, attending school as a freshman this coming fall semester. Please help us and the students out and make a contribution to our drive we will be at the various stores. You can also send a donation to the Beverly Vietnam Veterans at P.O.Box 661, Beverly, Ma. 01915.
This years Scholarship Dinner Dance has been cancelled due to the Virus, but Scholarships will be awarded and notified in May.
Our Federal tax ID Number is 04-2951650 if you wish make a tax deductible donation
Memorial Day is May 27th, with a morning Parade in the Farms at 9:00 AM and then again in the afternoon Parade at 2:00 PM. Again with the assistance of David Perinchief, the City’s Veterans agent, local Veterans Organizations, Scouts, ROTC, Elks and Citizens a day in which we remembered all those who gave their lives. If you need individual flags call David Perinchief at 978-778-5000 or e-mail him at dperinchief@ beverlyma.gov
Here are the dates and times for placing Amercian flags at the Cemetery:
Beverly Farms 5/24 5:30 PM
Central Cemetery 5/23 5:30 PM
North Beverly 5/25 10:AM
Jewish ( Cole St 5/23 Paul Weinberg
St. Mary’s Cemetery 5/23 2:30 PM
If you are a Veteran and have not joined one of our local Veterans Groups, please take a moment to look at what the city of Beverly has, to assist local Veterans. Beverly has the following Veterans Groups:
VFW Fortunato Post 545
American legion Post 331 and or Post 46
Amvets Post 56 Vittori Rocci
Beverly Vietnam Veterans
We also have a newly formed Beverly Veterans Council and see each month at City Hall, all are welcome to attend these open meetings. Please get involved, it goes a long way to help all who have served.
Please send us an e-mail and we can forward your request to join anyone of the groups.
To have a brink placed at the Beverly Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Beverly Hospital, please see the attached form. Completed applications can be send to the address on the form or e-mailed to Jack McGuirk at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click on MEMORIAL BRINK FORM FOR INFORMATION and you can print all of the attached forms. The Memorial Brick form has the information that is required.
Veterans Day and the dedication of the new Beverly Vietnam Veterans Memorial will all take place on Veterans Day November 11th,we will start wth the Traditional Veterans Day Program as we honor all Veterans, it will be followed by the Dedication of the new park, which will have a bronze sculpture. This will be one of the most unique designs and the entire memorial will have bronze plaques installed on granite stones and 2 new 30 foot flag poles.
A big thanks goes out to so many, Beverly Vietnam Veterans, City of Beverly, Gin Wallace, Beverly Main Streets, our State Rep.Jerry Parisella, Montserrat College of Art, Denise Decamps, Sara Eldridge, Chelsea Sams, Catherine Barrett, Kevin Harutunian, Chuck Clark, Victor Capozzi, Jerry Guilebbe and Cory Paulette, and many more.
This project was been worked on for almost 2 years and involved 1000’s of hours of work, and the artist Jane DeDecker of Colorado was chosen to build the sculpture with will be unveiled on this Veterans Day.
A large contingent of veterans, along with their friends, family and other community members, gathered at Ellis Square last Friday to commemorate the re-opening of the reconstructed downtown space.
Chuck Clark, commander of the Beverly Veterans Committee, spoke briefly about the history of the location.
“As a kid growing up in Beverly, I remember this area quite a bit different than it is today,” he said. “There was no park here, no plaza here. Essex Street out here was a two-way street. And right over here where The Golden Hanger is, was Goodwin’s Store.”
He also recalled that the location was a main bus stop for all the communities of Beverly.
“It was a very, very busy place here,” he said.
Ellis Square was dedicated in 1921 and named for World War I veteran Henry Gordon Ellis, a member of the 101st Field Artillery Yankee Division and 51st Artillery Brigade who was killed in action Aug. 1, 1918.
“Unfortunately, we were unable to uncover any other information on him, but way back when, they knew him and that’s why it was dedicated,” Clark said.
The draft office was also housed above the store that is now The Golden Hanger, and it overlooked the square.
“If you were drafted, you were in for two years, usually in the Army, but occasionally in the Marine Corps.,” Clark said. “And you didn’t have much choice in there.”
In 1981, Beverly Mayor Peter Fortunato built a park within the square, naming it “Vietnam Memorial Plaza at One Ellis Square” and dedicated a Vietnam Memorial Plaque, which served as the original Vietnam veteran memorial marker.
“We were told by the city at that time that, later when money was available, we would get a better monument here,” Clark said. “Recently, Main Streets thought the park was underused, underutilized, which it was … They raised a lot of funds and they rebuilt this plaza, which is a beautiful area right now. The only thing that’s missing right now is a monument for our Vietnam veterans and our 11 fallen brothers that gave the ultimate sacrifice.”
Beverly veterans agent David Perinchief said he has been working with other city officials to make sure that missing piece is replaced.
“The city of Beverly has now announced a competition that’s being put on in the artistic community to come up with a plan and design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial,” he said. “It was going to be in this tiny little area in the corner, but, through persuasion and a lot of communication back and forth between the city and the veterans, they were influenced to allow our use of this whole area.”
Historical information about the space is one of the criteria that artists must incorporate into their design.
“That way, future generations when they come to this plaza, will be able to read about what it really means,” Perinchief said.
Sculpture design competition
The City of Beverly, Beverly Veterans Advisory Committee, Beverly Vietnam Veterans Inc. Post #1 Stephen H. Doane and Beverly Main Streets announced the opening of a design competition of a new distinct public art sculpture at the Vietnam Memorial Plaza at One Ellis Square. This call solicits artists to propose a unique design representing those who served in the United States Military and the significance of the specific location at Ellis Square.
The design should include the names of those Vietnam veterans who were killed in action, history of the site’s significance and historical information on the Vietnam War.
The memorial is the second phase of improvements to the plaza.
Earlier this year, work was completed on a $367,000 renovation to the plaza, funded through grants, private donations and the City of Beverly. The improvements included new brick, granite, concrete, landscape and light improvements, as well as new benches. The memorial will complete the improvements scheduled for the plaza.
Design competition packets outlining the project are available at Beverly City Hall in the Economic Development Department or can be found on the Economic Development Page on the city’s website at www.beverlyma.gov.
Deadline for submissions is Oct. 6, at noon. A committee will review those submissions, and a winner will be announced on Nov. 10.
The site of the future Vietnam Veterans memorial at Ellis Square is a place of significance for local veterans.
BEVERLY, MA – The newly made over Ellis Square holds special meaning for many veterans of the Vietnam War. Drafted men would sit on the benches that were there years ago, waiting for the bus to take them to Boston, possibly their last stop before war. The draft office previously overlooked the square from above.
The City of Beverly is seeking designs for a distinct public art sculpture at the Vietnam Memorial Plaza at One Ellis Square to provide a site of reflection and education for veterans and civilians alike. The design should include the names of the veterans kill in action during the Vietnam War, history of the site, and historic information on the war.
“They want to make sure the history’s captured around the memorial itself,” said Kevin Harutunian, the city’s chief of staff and member of the ad hoc committee overseeing the memorial, said of the veterans who have consulted on the project. “It’s a really special opportunity.”
“It’s incredibly important that we remember and honor those who served,” Harutunian said. “Vietnam veterans I’ve spoken with have articulated how special that space itself is.”
The $367,000 plaza renovation was completed earlier this year to turn Ellis Square into an urban park. Funding came from grants, private donations, and the city. The memorial is the final piece of the renovations, and Harutunian said they hope to announce the winner of the design competition the day before Veterans Day.
Our Annual Beverly Vietnam Veterans Fund raiser will take place June 28th through July 3rd throughout the City of Beverly. Our Veterans will be out at various stores asking for your donations to support our Local Scholarship Programs, Veterans Programs. All proceeds stay right here in Beverly to support local students and veterans. We will be handing out colorful Poppies!!! This past year we awarded over 5 thousand dollars in scholarships to local Beverly High School ROTC students and Veterans attending North Shore community College.
If you would like to make a donation please send us an e-mail.
Since November 2015, local veterans and their families have been gathering for weekly socials at the Vittori-Rocci Post on Brimbal Avenue in Beverly.
At the beginning, says program organizer Tony Russo, a Beverly native and U.S. Navy veteran, there was only a handful of participants. Now, 15 or more people show up each week to mingle with other veterans, to network, to learn about new opportunities, and most importantly to be part of a community. There is room for many more participants, Russo said.
Russo, who is a supervisory peer specialist with Bedford Veterans Affairs, stresses the importance of camaraderie to veterans. Veterans and their families who are in transition need a way “to integrate rather than isolate,” he said.
The unstructured format the socials offer, at a set time and place, provides the perfect environment for this integration to happen. The military is a unique culture and life outside that culture can be difficult for some, according to Russo.
“Bringing veterans together in a setting with other members of the community makes the entire community stronger,” he said. “We also have the added benefit of bringing multiple generations of veterans together.”
Beverly State Rep. Jerry Parisella frequents the Beverly socials, as well as others in the area. Currently there are similar gatherings in Bedford, Danvers, Gloucester, Haverhill, Ipswich, Lowell, Lynn, Somerville and Woburn.
“These events are so helpful to veterans who need and want to be a part of their communities,” said Parisella. “It is great that veterans have a place to gather, share stories, and gain and offer support.”
The space is donated by the Vittori-Rocci Post, with refreshments provided by Panera Bread in Beverly. All family members are welcome and membership at the Post is not required. There is no need for advance registration.
In addition to the socializing upcoming guest speakers include Dr. Tim Oman, who will speak about the new Gloucester outpatient clinic; licensed social worker Carly Wilson, who will speak about veterans and homelessness and the VA home caregiver program; and branch manager of Mortgage Network of Danvers, Rick Bettencourt, who will speak about VA home loans and credit counseling.
With a very large veteran community in Beverly and the surrounding area, Russo hopes to garner more participation at the weekly events, which take place Saturday mornings from 8:30 to 10 a.m.
While Memorial Day remembrances throughout the North Shore honored those who died defending America, Peabody officials focused on 13 young men from the city who died during the Vietnam War.
The families of those 13 men were presented with the Massachusetts Medal of Liberty, which was established in 2009 to honor Massachusetts native who died in action, from wounds sustained during a conflict, or who died in the line of duty.
For Beverly residents, Memorial Day services included recognizing Cpl. Joseph Vittori, a Beverly native who died during the Korean War, manning a machine gun by himself and helping to save the men with him though he died.
The Medals of Liberty in Peabody were presented by Mayor Ted Bettencourt during an early afternoon ceremony in front of City Hall and war memorials on the front lawn.
Family members and those close to the 13 Vietnam servicemen received their medals posthumously. Several also spoke of the deceased, shedding light on who the men were other than names on a memorial.
“Dicky was 21 years old when he was killed,” said Martha Barrett of her brother Richard Bois. “He was married less than a year.”
Bois’ Army helicopter was shot down in 1969.
Growing up in Peabody, Barrett recalled how her brother loved working on his 1959 Chevy, and listening to his record collection, which she still has.
Judy McGuire received the medal for her cousin, Richard Cotter. She said her family continues to be proud of his service though it’s been nearly 50 years since his death.
“Over the years we continue to share his sense of humor – and did he have a sense of humor – his love of life and his pride of being a Marine,” she said.
State Rep. Ted Speliotis spoke of the city’s work in honoring its veterans, especially for Vietnam this year.
“It’s indicative of this city’s commitment to all of our veterans, but especially today to those who lost their lives during a very difficult time,” he said.
Remembering the meaning of Memorial Day in Beverly
State Rep. Jerry Parisella told Beverly residents that it’s important to remember what Memorial Day actually means.
“A poll was taken not too long ago and it was determined that a third of Americans don’t even know what Memorial Day is,” he said. “They confuse it with Veteran’s Day, or they think it’s just a day to go to the mall and save 25 percent on furniture or appliances.”
Parisella, a veteran himself, also spoke of how a teacher in Washington D.C. asked her students what Memorial Day is, and some said it’s the day when the pools open.
Memorial Day used to be known as Decoration Day, he said. Created after the Civil War, it was a day to visit and decorate the graves of those who died during the war.
In Massachusetts alone, 37,000 residents have died during in combat since the Revolutionary War.
However, Parisella noted that statistics show over 20 veterans die from suicide per day – more than those who die in combat.
During his speech, Mayor Mike Cahill recognized Thomas Zayas – Zayas served with Vittori in Korea and was there when Vittori gave his life. Zayas was brought to Beverly as part of a documentary being done on Vittori.
“He saved many lives that night,” Cahill said of Vittori.
Beverly also honored its oldest living veteran – Hardy Prince, 98, served in World War II flying planes over the South China Sea for the Navy.
BEVERLY — When Hardy Prince enlisted in the Navy at age 22, he told officials he wanted to fly. That was 75 years ago, in the middle of World War II.
Prince, now 98, is Beverly’s oldest living veteran, according to city records. He and a handful of other World War II veterans are being honored by the city during Monday’s Memorial Day remembrances.
Prince, who was born and raised in Wenham, isn’t the only Beverly World War II veteran with a flying background. Bill Mahoney, 90, Beverly Regional Airport’s commission chair, also worked on planes during the war.
Sitting in a comfortable armchair in his home near Lynch Park, Prince holds up a model of the plane he co-piloted during the war — a Martin PBM Mariner. As part of a 13-member crew, he would fly off the coast of one of the Philippine islands where they were based in 1944 through early 1945, searching for Japanese submarines in the South China Sea.
The plane, which had floats to land on the ocean with but no insulation, was equipped with eight .50-caliber guns. The crew would go out on eight-hour patrols, Prince said, though 14-hour shifts were not uncommon.
“It was a little loud, but you kind of got used to it,” he said of the plane.
Two of the guns were in the front, two on the top in the middle, and two in the tail, Prince explains, pointing it out on his model. There were also two more guns in the middle, one on each side.
“The reason we had to do this was to hold down the submarines,” Prince said. The submarines could stay submerged for only so long — eventually they would need to surface to recharge their batteries.
Prince said there was a kitchen, complete with a stove, sink and table beneath where the pilot sat.
“Unfortunately we never had a good cook and it was barely palatable,” he said.
Prince recalled the extensive training he went through to be able to get behind the patrol bomber’s controls. He was helped by the flight experience he had both at the Beverly Regional Airport and a flight club in Lowell.
After some book learning and physical training following his enlistment in 1942, he was sent to Naval Air Station Glenview in Illinois. There, he flew one of the bright-yellow biplanes used for training. The cockpit was open; Prince was required to wear a helmet and goggles.
“One time, they said ‘OK, you’re going to try to do some night flying,’ and I thought it was going to be kind of difficult, but it wasn’t,” he said. “I flew out over the lakes, the moonlight was shining on the lower wing. It was just a beautiful time.”
The biplane training lasted for 18 months, Prince said. He was then sent down to North Carolina. He called his girlfriend, Priscilla, and asked her to come down and marry him. She took a train; they were married the day after her arrival and lived together on base.
It was soon afterward that Prince was sent to the Philippines. Though he said he never saw a Japanese submarine while on patrol, his crew’s plane crashed into the ocean once.
They were flying low, he said, when suddenly the plane flipped over. Two of his crew members were killed, including his copilot, Prince said. He escaped with a burn on his arm.
The Philippines were hot, he recalled. Prince said he and the other men would sometimes quickly cool off in the shower and rush back to bed, hoping to fall asleep before becoming hot again.
Prince was soon sent home to the states after the crash, he said. He was stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas. There, his wife joined him again on base.
“We had a grand old time,” he said.
Prince was nearly made a patrol commander, but it didn’t happen.
“Suddenly the war was over and we had to go home,” he said.
Prince turned to aviation again upon arriving home. He worked at Beverly Regional Airport as a mechanic. But with a growing family, he moved onto Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he spent his career as a welder.
Mahoney’s track through the war was different — he was also considerably younger than Prince, enlisting in 1944 at the age of 17.
“You went out of high school,” he recalled. A Dorchester native, Mahoney joined many other young men doing the same thing. “There was a tremendous amount from the Boston area.”
Mahoney was made an aircraft mechanic, he said, and later became a crew chief with the Marines; he served for two and a half years.
“At that time when you signed up, you signed up for the duration and six months,” he said. “The war got over in 1945, and I got out in August of 1946.”
Mahoney spent seven months in occupied Japan, he said, at an air station outside Tokyo. Since the war was over, they had to fly the station’s 14 planes back to the States.
Japan to the West Coast was a long trip for planes at the time — Mahoney and crew were responsible for a Curtiss C-46 Commando, a transport plane. To get the plane across the ocean, it had to fly with extra fuel tanks inside.
“The biggest thing was going from Honolulu to the West Coast,” he said.
Mahoney, like Prince, also continued in the aviation business, though he went on to the engineering side.
He worked for General Electric after he got out, he said. Jet engines changed everything.
“When I went to GE in 1948, they were starting the first jet engine production,” Mahoney said. “I really saw the difference going with GE, it was the jet-engine age.”
Remembering Beverly’s oldest veterans is important, according to David Perinchief, the city’s veterans agent, and Jerry Guilebbe, president of the Beverly Veterans Council.
“The oldest guys are the ones, they remember the ones who are gone,” Perinchief said. “The oldest guy remembers most of them. He’s the one carrying that generation’s memories.”