2019 HONOREES

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BG (RET.) RICHARD J. VALENTE

Military Service, Rhode Island National Guard

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.

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GEORGE W. REILLY

Freelance Writer/Journalist

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.

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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.

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GOLD STAR FAMILIES OF THE
"RHODE ISLAND NINE"

U.S. Marines

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
the attack.”

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

* Brothers’-in-Law

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GEORGE MENDONSA

"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.

2018 HONOREES

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GARY SINISE

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.

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Gold Star Family of MICHAEL 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.

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JACK REED

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
active duty.

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