On Monday, November 11, US Senator Jack Reed will be the keynote speaker for the Middletown Veterans Memorial Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Paradise Valley Park at 10:00 a.m. 

The occasion will also include a wreath laying ceremony by members of Gilbert-Burton VFW Post 4487, presentation of colors by RI Army National Guard 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Force Group, and taps played by RI Army National Guard 88th Army Band. 

Middletown Town Council President Robert J. Sylvia will provide opening remarks for the event and recognize the many local businesses and contractors who donated labor and materials for the construction of the memorial.  The memorial features a center monument surrounded by six stones, one for each branch of the U.S. armed forces: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines.

Paradise Valley Park is located at the intersection of Paradise and Prospect Avenues.  The event is free and open to the public. The ceremony will take place in a tent next to the memorial, so it will take place rain or shine.  Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact the Town Administrator’s office at (401) 849-2898.

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