Monday, November 12, 2012
The ceremony at the VFW Post 1105 drew a small crowd, but the numbers used to be much more robust.
Watertown’s Veterans Day Ceremony drew a crowd of regulars to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1105 Sunday, but Joe Caouette, past commander of the VFW, remembers when the numbers were much larger. During the ceremony, retired Watertown Veterans Agent Bob Erickson gave the keynote speech, and said that people should thank the veterans in their lives. “If I see a trooper or a veteran in uniform when I’m driving I call over to them and thank them for their service,” Erickson said. He encouraged others to do the same, and not just on Veterans Day, all year long. “Ask them about their service,” Erickson said. “It is so meaningful for them.” The VFW and other veterans groups provide a place for vets to gather and socialize. Caouette, a …
Here's what's open and closed for today's holiday.
Today we observe Veterans Day, a national holiday established in 1926 to honor men and women who have served in the military. Here's a quick round-up of what's open and closed in Watertown today. If you know of more businesses that are open or closed, help out your fellow neighbors by leaving them in the comments.
Friday, November 11, 2011
The former Watertown firefighter and union president said he plans to focus on helping veterans and seniors.
State Senate candidate Bob McCarthy invited over a group of former servicemen to honor them, and for one particular soldier who just returned from 2 years in Afghanistan with the Army. Major James Maloney served as an engineer in a special-forces unit and will soon return to his regular job as a member of the Watertown Fire Department. As his 10-year-old daughter Maria watched, he received a 9/11 award trophy from McCarthy, depicting the firefighters raising the flag at Ground Zero. McCarthy — himself a veteran of the Navy’s submarine force — said veterans do not share their accomplishments in the Military with others. “They don’t wear it on their sleeves,” McCarthy said. “I think they should start wearing it on their sleeves. You should …
Service men and women need to have time to adjust, Marilyn Devaney said at the Watertown Veterans Day Ceremony.
Americans need to welcome back the men and women who are serving in the military, said Marilyn Devaney at Friday’s Veterans Day ceremony. At the same time, people have to be sympathetic to what these servicemen and women have gone through and how they adjust to being back home. Devaney, a member of the Governor's Council, gave the keynote address at the Watertown Veterans Day ceremony held at the held at the AMVETS Post 41 hall. The transition out of the service can be difficult, Devaney said. “You cannot expect a soldier to return home (from war) to just ‘snap out of it,’” Devaney said. “They need to be welcomed back into the community one-by-one.” On this Veterans Day, Devaney remembered a friend who passed away recently, a man who …
Sunday, November 14, 2010
The Town Council vented its frustration with the lack of removal of double utility poles, just one of the stories this week.
The lack of movement in removing double utility poles in town came to a head this week when Town Councilors let representatives from the Verizon, NStar, Comcast and RCN know how mad the situation has made them. Poles remaining on Pleasant Street have lead to the repaving project on the road to be delayed until after winter. Also Tuesday night, the Town Council approved a new set of "green" building codes, known as the Stretch Energy Code. By adopting the new building codes the town moved a step closer to qualifying for the state's Green Communities Program, which could result in grant money coming into town for renewable energy projects. Saturday, Watertown High School's field hockey team captured the school's 18th MIAA Div. 2 North …
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Veterans groups invited the town to honor servicemen and servicewomen at the annual Veterans Day ceremony at the VFW Post 1105, Thursday.
Watertown has a long, proud history of military service, and Veterans Service Officer Bob Erickson wanted to remind people to reach out to the veterans in their lives on Veterans Day. Thursday, Watertown saluted its veterans at the annual ceremony hosted by the AMVETS Post 14 and held at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1105. Erickson recounted several war heroes who called Watertown home. One was Russ Buchanan, who served in World War I in the Navy and when World War II broke out, when he was in his 40s, Buchanan joined the Army. Chris Hursh, 91, still lives in Watertown. He was aboard the battleship U.S.S. New Hampshire when Pearl Harbor was attacked, Erickson said. He survived by jumping into the oil-slicked water, avoided the fires and …
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Town officials will hold a ceremony at the VFW Post. Town offices, schools closed for the holiday.
Watertown will honor its veterans Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1105, at 295 Arsenal St. The event will include reflections from state Rep. Jonathan Hecht, Town Council President Mark Sideris and Governor's Council member Marilyn Devaney, according to Veterans Service Officer Bob Erickson. There will be a gathering after the ceremony at the VFW. Being Veterans Day, town offices will be closed Thursday. Also closed for the holiday are the Watertown Public Schools and the Watertown Free Public Library. Banks and the U.S. Post Office will be closed on Thursday. Retail stores, including liquor and convenience stores, are generally open on Veterans Day. Restaurants and bars will also be open.