SOUTH BOSTON — The Disabled American Veterans (DAV)5K race was held recently at Castle Island in South Boston to honor and support our veterans. Pictured in the photograph above are: Lou Pasquale, a WWII veteran who served in Okinawa, seen here kissing the hand of fellow veteran Mumtaz Qureshi as a sign of respect for his service and as a fellow comrade who survived the war. Boston Police Commissioner William Gross. The commissioner had just…

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BOSTON — 300 guests gathered at the UMass Club recently to celebrate Tom Lyons, who is retiring as the vice president of external affairs for MassHousing. A Vietnam War veteran, Tom has dedicated his life to ensuring that Boston’s veterans have safe housing, access to health care and other important services, and gameful employment. All photos by Bill Brett.

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SEAPORT — 600 guests attended the New England Center and Home for Veterans’ 16th annual “Leave No One Behind” gala, which was held on Oct. 10 at the World Trade Center in Boston. The NECHV event marked the 100th anniversary of The Armistice when the guns fell silent on the Western Front, ending World War I, which was called the “Great War.” That Armistice Day became Veterans Day; a national holiday to honor all of…

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SOUTH BOSTON — The fallen heroes, troops who gave their lives in service of the country, were honored at a special service over the weekend at the South Boston Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The community also honored the life of the late Senator John McCain, a Vietnam veteran who was a prisoner of war for several years. For a complete overview of the ceremony, please see former Boston mayor Ray Flynn’s column in the Boston Herald.…

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SOUTH BOSTON — Great news from the chairman is that on Sept. 9, veterans from the region will gather at Medal of Honor Park in South Boston when the annual ceremony at the South Boston Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial will be dedicated to Senator John McCain, who died on Aug. 25. South Boston native and longtime veterans advocate Tom Lyons, chairman of the veterans memorial, spoke to the Boston Globe about McCain’s importance to veterans everywhere.…

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