During last Friday morning’s Veterans Day observance, the American Legion lawn was renamed in memory of Staff Sergeant Charles McMackin, 26, whose remains returned home in April to be laid to rest after he was a Prisoner of War for decades since 1943. McMackin would have been 104 today. Veterans were honored with medals, Certificates of Recognition and a veterans luncheon at the Casa Lucia Function Facility.
World War II Veteran Maurice DiBlasi, 102, of Saugus, waved to the crowd.
Revere Veterans Service Office Director/Councillor-at-Large Marc Silvestri thanked World War II Veteran Vincenzo Cannarozzo, 96, for his service.
World War II veteran Vincenzo Cannarozzo, 96, was escorted into the Casa Lucia Function Facility to a standing ovation.
Revere Veterans Service Office Director/Councillor-at-Large Marc Silvestri presented Stephen Teta with a war medal and Certificate of Recognition.
Revere Veterans Service Office Director/Councillor-at-Large Marc Silvestri said McMackin’s return home was long overdue.
US Marine Corps veteran Robert D’Amelio unveiled the memorial.
State Senator Lydia Edwards welcomed veterans home, no matter how long it takes to get here.
Niece Pat Marshall embraced Prisoner of War flag in memory of McMackin.
Members of the Revere Police Dept. Police Honor Guard stood at attention. Pictured from left to right: Officer Steve Launie, Sgt. Joseph Internicola, Sgt. Matt Leslie and Sgt. Joseph Turner.
“You Are Not Forgotten” covered the memorial before its unveiling.
The National Anthem was sung.
Maurice DiBlasi, 102, of Saugus, received a standing ovation.
The American Legion lawn was renamed in memory of Charles McMackin last Friday morning during the city’s Veterans Day ceremony.
Mayor Brian Arrigo said we had the honor to lay to rest McMackin, whose remains arrived at approximately 1 a.m. a few months ago along Broadway, on American soil.
Harold DeAmelio, who served in the US Marine Corps for decades, was escorted by JROTC members.
Revere Fire Chief Christopher Bright (at left) presented Maurice DiBlasi with a Revere Ladder 1 plaque for his many years of service to the department.
Revere Veterans Service Office Director/Councillor-at-Large Marc Silvestri presented Harold DeAmelio with a Certificate of Recognition for his service during the Korean War.
Revere Veterans Service Office Director/Councillor-at-Large Marc Silvestri presented Dominic Grieco, 92, with a Korean War Medal.
Korean War U.S. Navy Veteran Dominic Grieco, 92, received a standing ovation.
Steven Dreeszen said McMackin has been a household name in the city for decades.
Julia Cervantes read a Proclamation from Governor Charlie Baker.
State Representative Jessica Giannino said every person who put on a uniform did it with valor.
Members of the Revere Fire Dept. Honor Guard
City officials joined in.
Niece Patricia Marshall gave an acceptance speech.