CENTRAL FALLS, RI – On Saturday, November 11th, Mayor James A.
Diossa and the City of Central Falls celebrated Veterans Day with the Grand
Opening and Dedication Ceremony of the brand-new Veterans Memorial Park where
the former Veterans of Former Wars (VFW) Post 1271 once stood.
“While we can never thank veterans enough for
all they have done for this country, the dedication of the new Veterans
Memorial Park is our way of thanking our service men and women and their
families of Central Falls for their dedication to the United States,” stated
Mayor James A. Diossa.
Approximately 250 individuals attended the
ceremony including Brigadier General Arthur J. Floru, the keynote speaker.
Congressman Cicilline, State Senator Betty Crowley, and State Representative,
and members of the city council also joined the Mayor in thanking the city’s
veterans. Amongst the numerous veterans, was Leo Heroux, a 93-year-old World
War II D-Day veteran.
“Today was a beautiful day in Central Falls as
we honored all those who served this great nation in time of conflict and in
time of peace,” stated Council President Bob Ferri, who honorably served our
nation for six years as a member of the Rhode Island National Guard. “Let us
never forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice and those who will serve
this great nation in the future.”
Veterans Memorial Park, which will become the
home of many community activities such as movies in the park, combines land
from the VFW Post along with a prior smaller park. The Post’s two cannons were
refurbished and mounted on either side of a waterfall memorial hoisting the
flags. A plaque donated to the park by the class of 1966 is mounted honoring
members of all five military branches of government. The park also includes a
walking path and a splash pad for residents to play and cool off in the summer.
Along with Veterans Memorial Park, the City of
Central Falls renovated and dedicated Governor Lincoln Almond Park, added the
new Sacred Heart Dog Park, and the Chocolateville Playground as Mayor Diossa
continues to push for more upgraded recreation spaces.