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.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

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Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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