After serving in a variety of positions, including Commander of the 43rd Military Police Brigade and the 103rd Field Artillery Brigade, BG Valente retired with more than 34 years of military service.
For a lifetime of dedicated military service and continued outstanding support of local military and veteran initiatives.
GEORGE W. REILLY
For over twenty years, Mr. Reilly has kept local military and veterans apprised of events and initiatives through his Veterans Journal column in the Providence Journal.
For outstanding public service to local military and veterans through accurate and informational articles.
RON AND PETE CARDI
Owners, Cardi’s Furniture & Mattresses
Third generation family business owners who have supported charitable causes locally and nationally on behalf of our U.S. service men and women.
For outstanding support of U.S. military and veterans, especially the veterans residing at the Rhode Island Veterans Home.
GOLD STAR FAMILIES OF THE
"RHODE ISLAND NINE"
On Sunday, October 23, 1983, a terrorist truck bomb exploded in a barracks killing 241 American Servicemen, including 220 Marines, 18 Sailors, 3 Soldiers, and injuring 128 Americans. Nine Rhode Islanders serving with the U.S. Marine Corps died in
Sergeant Timothy R. Giblin of North Providence
Corporal Rick R. Crudale of West Warwick
Corporal Edward S. Iacovino, Jr. of Warwick
Corporal David C. Massa of Warren
Corporal Thomas A. Shipp of Woonsocket
Corporal James F. Silvia* of Middletown
Corporal Edward Soares Jr.of Tiverton
Corporal Stephen E. Spencer* of Portsmouth
Lance Corporal Thomas A. Julian of Portsmouth
"The Kissing Sailor"
This iconic image known throughout the globe represents for all veterans and their families a job well done.
For outstanding public relations for U.S. veterans.
Actor/Activist for Military Personnel
From his role as Lt. Dan in Forrest Gump to his performances for the troops in the Lt. Dan Band, to his fundraising on behalf of wounded veterans and families.
For outstanding public awareness and support of U.S. military, veterans, wounded veterans and families.
Gold Star Family ofMICHAEL ANDRADE
Rhode Island National Guard
Specialist Michael Andrade was a member of the 115th Military Police Company, Rhode Island National Guard, serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
He died September 24, 2003 in Balad, Iraq.
U.S. Senator - Rhode Island
Rhode Island's own distinguished Senior Senator is committed to ensure our nation's peace and security.
For outstanding public advocacy for all Rhode Island and U.S. veterans and