In full transparency, the following is a press release issued by the City of Framingham
FRAMINGHAM – City of Framingham Mayor Charlie Sisitsky is proud to announce the 2022 Veterans Day Ceremony and Program. The annual ceremony will take place in Nevins Hall, within City Hall, on Veterans Day itself – Friday, November 11, from 11AM – 12:30PM.
The program will include a variety of presentations, including a unique art display entitled “WWII Art of the South Pacific” and the presentation of ten Medals of Liberty.
The art display, which is a new addition to the annual ceremony, will feature several paintings by artist Edward Brodney, a Framingham State University Alum and Boston Native. The paintings on display depict soldiers in their everyday activities; repairing airplanes, carrying supplies, enjoying days off, and preparing for battle.
Another highlight of the ceremony will be the presentation of ten Medals of Liberty, which is an honor awarded in the name of the Governor of Massachusetts to the families of service men and women who were either killed in action, died in service while in a designated combat area in the line of duty, or who died as a result of wounds received in action. The Medals of Liberty will be presented to each Gold Start family, by Senate President Karen Spilka’s Office, on behalf of the recipients who each served in World War II. A brief attention to orders will be shared about each recipient before they are presented to the next of kin.
The program also includes remarks by Mayor Charlie Sisitsky, City Council Chair Philip Ottaviani Jr., Veterans Service Officer Kathleen Lang, and the honored guest speaker, Deputy Chief Ryan Sullivan, Lieutenant Commander, United States Coast Guard. LCDR Sullivan is a Framingham native who enlisted in the United States Coast Guard Reserve in 1999. He was assigned to small boat stations in Chatham and Boston. In both assignments he served as Communications Watchstander, Crewmember, Engineer, and Boarding Officer. In late 2001, he was mobilized to New York during the 9/11 response to conduct security patrols in New York Harbor. LCDR Sullivan is currently assigned as the Executive Officer of Port Security Unit (PSU) 301, located on Joint Base Cape Cod. The 150 members of PSU 301 are one of eight worldwide deployable reserve units in the Coast Guard available for antiterrorism/force protection operations on 96-hour notice.
“Our Veterans Day Ceremony is a treasured annual event that represents Framingham’s commitment to our veterans and their families,” said Mayor Charlie Sisitsky. “I encourage everyone who has the ability, to attend this ceremony, or find a way to honor or thank a veteran in honor of Veterans Day.”