2,821 Malden veterans’ names remembered at Devir Park
A large crowd of local residents, veterans of all wars and family members of these WWI veterans that were remembered on the 100
th Anniversary of the End of The War to End All Wars, on November 11, 1918.
Atty. Henry “Hank” Kezer from the Bayrd Foundation donated $10,000 towards the memorials. Hank’s grandfather and great uncle served in WWI.
Director of Malden’s Veteran’s Services Kevin Jarvis and Malden’s former Mayor Ed Lucey unveil the first monument covered with a red tarp.
Former Malden Mayor Ed Lucey reads some of the many names on the first bronze plaque he helped to unveil.
Kevin Jarvis and Malden citizens remove the white tarp on the second monument.
Making Red White and Blue the last tarp removed to display the last of the 2,821 names that will never be forgotten for their service during WWI.
Barbara Tolstrup points to her father and father in law’s names on the plaque she helped to unveil.
Master of Ceremonies and Malden’s Director of Veteran’s Affairs Kevin Jarvis. Jarvis’s grandfather is one of the 2,821 names on the memorial plaques.
The fifes and drums at Devir Park opened the ceremony.
The Honor Guard of the Malden Police Department.
The Color Guard of the Malden Fire Department.
Mayor Gary Christenson talks with special guest General Leonid Kondratuik, Director of Military Records for the State of Massachusetts.
Malden Boy Scout Jacobbe Simonelli readies for the opening ceremony
Malden Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts opened the ceremony with the Pledge of Allegiance.
The National Anthem was performed by MHS student Dimitri Borrero.
Opening Prayer by Father Bill Minigan USN Chaplin (retired) from St Joseph’s Church
Malden Fire Department Deputy Chief Bill Sullivan, grandson of WWI veteran William Sullivan, rang the Bell of Remembrance after each Gold Star WWI Veteran name was read.
Mayor Gary Christenson addressed the large crowd at Devir Park last Sunday Morning at the dedication of the monuments dedicated to the 2,821 Malden WWI veterans. Christenson promise to this dedication was made on Memorial Day 2017
The new WWI 100th Flag flew over Devir Park during the dedication ceremony last Sunday morning.
Senator Jason Lewis read a proclamation while Representatives Ultrino and Donato, Mayor Gary Christenson and Malden’s Director of Veterans Services, and Master of Ceremonies Kevin Jarvis looks on.
Ward 2 Councillor Paul Condon with his remarks on the day’s festivities.
General Leonid Kondratiuk addressed the crowd last Sunday morning
In Flanders Field was recited by MHS student Dimitri Borrero.
Members of the MHS Marching Band performed TAPS at the conclusion of the services.
Advocate photo by Al Terminiello)