FRAMINGHAM – Mayor Yvonne Spicer has re-nominated Korean War Veteran Nick Paganella to the Framingham Veterans Council.
Paganella, a District 4 resident, is the longest continuously serving member of the Veterans Council. He was originally appointed to the Council in 2013, when it was created by the Board of Selectmen.
Mayor Spicer made him the honorary grand marshal for the 2018 Framingham Flag Day parade. Paganella, if approved by the City Council, will serve through June 30, 2023.
Mayor Spicer also re-nominated Alan Beauchamp to a term through June 2023 and appointed District 5 resident, Leah Vincuilla for a 3-year term. Beauchamp is a former Army Veteran, who speaks German.
Vincuilla is a “very recent veteran” who is currently employed by the Department of the Air Force through Hanscom AFB. A 2009 graduate of Framingham High, she attended Framingham State University before she attended the U.S. Air Force Academy. She served in the air force for 9 years, and is fluent in Spanish.
The 11-member City Council has 30 days to approve or reject the nominations to the 7-member Veterans Council.
The Mayor chose not to re-appoint District 2 Veteran Richard Constant to the Council.
With the new appointments, the Council will have 3 members from District 4, two from District 5, one from District 6, and one from District 7.
The purpose of the Council is to:
- Provide support to all Framingham Veterans and the Veterans Service Officer.
- Serve as a liaison between Framingham veterans and the Mayor.
- Promote the recognition and observance of all patriotic holidays to include, but not limited to: Memorial and Veterans’ Day.
- Foster an understanding and appreciation within the City of the achievements, contributions, and sacrifices veterans have made to the community, state, and nation