EP Veterans' Memorial Expressway
60th Anniversary Re-dedication

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Special Veterans' and Military Members' Celebration

EP Veterans Memorial Expressway (EPVME)

Double Re-dedication ceremony

for the naming 60 years ago of this EP portion of the I-195 freeway for our EP veterans

and rededication of the new signs for the bridge memorials along this freeway

was held on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021

formal ceremony, antique car parade, meet and salute our service members

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was held on Sunday, Nov. 7 event:

Dedication of the Andrews Brothers Memorial Exit

12:45 pm - 1 pm, Broadway, across from Freeborn Ave.

1 - 3 pm Bridge Memorial Signs Drop-in Visitation

from Valley St. to Broadway only


Thank you for your donations of food, clothing, cash, and health supplies to OSDRI.org

updated Dec. 21

Index of website topics:

> Photos of the Nov. 6th event and photos of the display that was in the City Hall lobby

> Seeking relatives of veterans with EPVME bridge memorials and veterans with individual war memorials: list of names

Also seeking relatives of all veterans buried in the Ancient Little Neck Cemetery

> Links to EP Reporter of previous articles 2020-2021 about EPVME history and EP Military Honor Roll 2020-2021

> the 2021 EPVME Re-dedication ceremony program

p. 2 list of veterans' names and EPVME bridge locations from 1961/2021 ceremony program

p. 1 has been modified to state the actual Nov. 6th ceremony participants' names

> 2 suggestions where to mail veterans greeting cards year round

> Virtual tribute: 4 tributes for all of our E.P. veterans

"Stay at home EPVMER 2021 ceremony" files have been posted.

Want to view these EPVMER presentations, but have no internet? Ways how to view these presentations at home.

> Updates: Additional postings to check back to read or view

> New replacement EPVME bridge memorial signs:

2 jpg maps showing sign locations and a suggested driving route

> Encountered bloopers and thoughts

Photos shared by attendees of EPVMER 2021 event. Please share your photos and video. Submit to epvmer @ hotmail . com

Top photos shared by Ann B. Fontes video shared by Irene V.

opening flag procession: Wonderful! Thank you Riverside Scouts, their leader, veteran LTC Nancy, and Trisha.

Who is in the stands ??, Ann Burkhardt, Who is in the stands ??


video announcing PFC Eugene Fontes, Vanner (Fontes) family in the stands

JM shares 9 antique cars GH shares the chair reserved for POW and MIA

Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021

left- Andrews Brothers' Memorial Exit dedication wreath- created by Trisha

center-Maureen and Arlene host visitors at Arlene's brother-in-law's PFC Frederick Slade's Memorial Bridge sign

right- Tuesday, Nov. 9, re-presentation of the EP Military Service Honor Roll to the City of E Prov., Susan Cady, Nancy Moore, Mayor DaSilva

More photos by the EP post on their website


The young lady with the blue jacket holding the flag is Madeleine Bentley, great grand daughter of Manuel J. Amaral. Manuel is the eldest of the five Amaral Brothers who all served together in the US Navy during WWII . The Amaral Brothers Bridge on Veterans Memorial Parkway is named in their honor.

Please share photos you took of the Nov. 6th event.

If you do not know how to get the photos off your camera /phone, ask, and I'll help do so.

Photos of the Veterans' Day display in the City Hall lobby Nov. 2-12, 2021

Letters submitted in 1960-61 by the families for a Route 195 bridge memorial for their veteran

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Trying to contact the families of veterans with EPVME Bridge and individual memorials

Trying to reach these families to contribute, review, and give permission to publish in the EP veterans' bios book

So far, these 10 bridge memorial families (y) have been contacted. Thank you for your help.

The names of veterans with EPVME bridge memorial signs are:

y n Edward Burke, Gilbert Perito,

n y John McDowell, Frederick Slade,

y n Edward Pike, Philip McQuade,

n y Edward Jocelyn, Manuel G. Silva,

n n Thomas McLynch, Mark Gilbert,

n n Frank Maciel, John Webb,

y n Eugene Fontes (has a daughter), Emanuel Gracie Jr. (has a son),

n n John Braga, William Halton (has a daughter) ,

n n Joseph Crowley, Daniel Thomas,

y n Gustaf Soderlund, Andrew Martin,

n y James Garvin, Charles Storm Jr.,

n y Clifford Jackson, Gordon Reid,

n y Robert Holtzmann, George P. George,

n y Robert Leighton, Arthur Lusignan.

other EP veterans with individual war memorials

y Andrews brothers: George, Albert, James, Joseph

y Amaral brothers: David, Eugene, George, Horace, Manuel

Donald Balboni

Donald Carlton

Art Cordeiro

John Cordeiro

Edward Faria

Bernard Goodwin

Nicholas Monteleone

Ernest Costa Who is he? Why is the memorial island named for him?

Edward O Neil

y John Primmer

Alfred Rezendes

y Charles Unkuski

Vietnam Veterans

John D. Andrade
Gene D. Hicks
Stephen J. Alsup
y William G. Silva

Do other memorials for individual veterans exist in EP?

If you recognize a friend's last name, ask if he/she had a relative in WWII, Korean Conflict, or Vietnam Conflict who was given a bridge memorial in 1961 or an individual war memorial.

Also seeking relatives of all veterans buried in the Ancient Little Neck Cemetery: Desire to document their lives also.

Please ask the relative to contact EPVME @ hotmail . com to contribute to the written biographies.

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List of EPVME history and EP Military Honor Roll related articles that appeared in the EP Reporter 2020-2021 (Sorry: This is still being written. I must recheck this for errors.)

Click on the underlined link to view the story on that website.

Nov. 2020: Four Lists of Names of East Providence Citizens Who Served in WWII Exist


Dec. 2020: Seeking Relatives of EP Veterans with I-195 Bridge Memorials: Contains list of veterans' names


March 2021 Riverside Scouts Present Stars and Stripes to Honor Our Veterans


March 2021 Part 1: Signs closest to Washington Bridge Photo: Mc Lynch-Gilbert sign


April 2021 Part 2: Purchase St., School St., Oakley St., Broadway
Photos of Maciel-Webb, Fontes
-Gracie signs


May 2021- Part 3: Broadway photos: Broadway signs for Braga-Halton


June Part- 4: EPVME between Broadway to Pawtucket Ave. Photo: Crowley-Thomas sign


July 2021- Part 5: East Shore Expressway Info about land between Pawtucket Ave. and quarry


August 2021- Part 6: EPVME near the RI/MA border Photos: Wampanoag Trail bridge: Lusignan-Leighton sign locations

August 2021- Seeking corrections of names for Vietnam veterans on the EP Military Service Honor Roll


Latest 2021- Honor Roll is listed on the EP Historical Society website, ephist.org, under "downloads"

Sept. 2021: EP Veterans' Memorial Expressway 60th Anniversary Double Re-dedication Ceremony (EPVMER 2021)


Sept. 2021: Part 7: Special Veterans' Day Event for the 60th Anniversary of Naming the EP Expressway (I-195) for Our Military Veterans Schedule of events

October 2021- Part 8: Bridge Memorial signs on the EPVME


December 2021- Part 9: Summary of the Nov. EPVME Re-dedication event


Jan. 2022


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Below is a jpg file of page 2 (left and right of page 2)of the EPVMER 2021 Nov. 6th ceremony program.

It lists the names and bridge memorial locations.

The same list, with larger text, is below as page 3 and 4..

Below is the facing, back side, page 1 of the ceremony program.

This page 1 has been modified (now as 2 pages, numbered as 1 and 2 below) to state the actual participants.

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page 1

City of East Providence









ceremony, antique car parade,

“meet and salute” our veterans and members of the military

EP Military Service Honor Roll

ephist.org “downloads”


program was updated 11-9-21

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page 2


held at


201 Mercer St. and Fifth St., East Providence, RI 02914

Masters of Ceremony – Susan Cady, Gordon Hubbard, Gordon Reid

Flag procession from the gates to the podium ---
Riverside Scouts- Cadettes, Jr. Girls, and Cub Scouts, Nancy, and Trisha

Invocation --- Rev. Joseph A. Escobar

Pledge of allegiance --- all

Greetings --- Mayor Robert DaSilva, Director of Veterans Affairs, Kasim Yarn

“God Bless America” --- Ms. Dale Magnuson

Veterans’ Day Address --- “History of the EPVME”

First memorial: Lt. Donald E. Carlton for WWI 1931

14 Bridge Memorials along the EPVME 1961

Most recent: the Andrew Brothers Exit 2017

{ This text will be posted later.}

“America” --- all sing

Introductions --- of dedication ceremony participants

Director of RI Veterans Affairs, Kasim Yarn.

Gordon Hubbard, Gordon Reid, Susan Cady

Dedicatory Address --- Re-dedication of the:

- 14 EPVME bridge memorial signs

The following is a modified 2021 version of the 1944 inscription^ on the scrolls given to the E. Prov. families, during WWII, whose loved ones were killed in action.

“The City of East Providence, in the state of RI,

having noted with deep regret and profound sorrow

the supreme sacrifices made in the preservation of Freedom

and the American Way of Life in the present world-wide conflict,

the City of EP presents this scroll to the families

of the 33 men for whom we now dedicate

their bridge and exit memorials located on the EP Veterans Memorial Expressway.

We honor them as they have given their all in the service of their country

May their willing contributions be an inspiration to us all

in maintaining unblemished the high ideals for which they

and all other veteran comrades have dedicated their lives,

and may the Supreme Architect of the Universe

eternally bless their noble hallowed souls, and shepherd like,

protect them through the countless ages. "

^modified from Gordon Reid’s WWII scroll

signed by the E. Prov. Town Clerk, in 1944, Chester E. Butts, 1944

Music --- Stand and greet the veterans and military members sitting near you

- EPVME to all EP veterans of all wars and military events

Presentation of the EP Military Service Honor Roll to the City of E. Prov.

Rev. Frank Crook, pastor of Newman Congregational Church, on May 15, 1944, gave this speech during the dedication of the Honor Roll billboard unveiling. He declared that:

“D-Day will be God’s day of deliverance. It will be a divine invasion, because God’s men are free men. The Allies recognize and declare the right of free men. Man must struggle and sacrifice for the right to live in God-given freedom. Rev. Crook warned that too many Americans are living as if there were no war. In the final judgment of free men, some who are now fighting for your homes, your religion, your individual personality, will flinch when they learn how you used your time and money while they risked their lives."

3376 names were listed. Resolutions of sympathy to the families of those who have paid “the supreme sacrifice” were presented to the Gold Star mothers and wives on Mothers' Day, 1944.

Inscribed around the base of that honor roll:

“That those who serve may know they are remembered

in the hearts of the people of East Providence

May God watch over them.

By their services to our country,

they shall forever be remembered by the people of East Providence.

Glorified be their name on this roll of honor.”

In the name of God and the freedom of mankind, we dedicate this “EP Military Service Honor Roll".

Salute to the Dead --- Canon Salute (Caution: loud noise)

courtesy Ancient Little Neck Cemetery

“Star Spangled Banner” --- all

Benediction --- S. Cady

Special music- "You'll never walk alone" --- Ms. D. Magnuson, soloist

Taps --- Mr. Douglas Wood, trumpet

2:15 ~ 2:30 p. m. Antique car parade (9 cars)

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page 3

Under the Washington Bridge – Valley St.

Honoring WWI

Lieut. Donald E. Carlton, U. S. A.

Bridge No. 1—over Warren Avenue to Veterans’ Memorial Parkway

Honoring WWII

P.F.C. Edward Dennis Burke, U.S.M.C. and Pvt. Gilbert Perito, U.S.A.

Bridge No. 2—over Warren Avenue from Veterans’ Memorial Parkway

Honoring WWII

P. F. C. John J. McDowell, U.S.A. and P. F. C. Frederick T. Slade, U.S.A.

Bridge No. 3—over Expressway to Taunton Avenue

Honoring WWII

Corp. Edward F. Pike, U.S.A. and Sgt. Philip J. McQuade, U.S.A.F.

Bridge No. 4—over Expressway from Warren Avenue
Honoring WWII
Pvt. Edward J. Jocelyn, U.S.A. and Corp. Manuel Gonsalves Silva, U.S.A.

Bridge No. 5—over Expressway at Potter St.

Honoring WWII

T/Sgt. Thomas J. McLynch, U.S.A. and Lieut. Mark Rancourt Gilbert, U.S.N.

Bridge No. 6—over Expressway at Purchase St.

Honoring WWII

Pvt. Frank Maciel, U.S.A. and P. F. C. John Francis Webb, U.S.A.

Bridge No. 7—over Expressway at Lyon Avenue

Honoring WWII

P.F.C. Eugene A. Fontes, U.S.A. and 1st Lieut. Emanuel H. Gracie, Jr., U.S.A.

Modified re-enactment of the Nov. 11, 1961 dedication ceremony

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Broadway west exit ramp -

Honoring WWII, the Andrews Brothers1

Major George F., Sgt. James F., Corp. Albert F., U. S. Army;

Storekeeper 3rd Class Joseph F., Jr. U. S. Navy - Seabees

Bridge No. 8—over Broadway

Honoring WWII* and Korean Conflict+

P. F. C. John Braga*, U. S. A. and Col. William Halton*+, U. S. A. F.

Bridge No. 9—over Expressway at Pawtucket Ave.

Honoring WWII

Pvt. Joseph Daniel Crowley, U.S.A. and Pvt. Daniel Richard Thomas, U.S.M.C.

Bridge No. 10—over Warren Avenue to East Shore Expressway

Honoring WWII

2nd Lieut. Gustaf J. Soderlund, U.S.A.F. and T/Sgt. Andrew J. Martin, U.S.A.F.

Bridge No. 11—over Expressway from Exit of East Shore Expressway

Honoring WWII

2nd Lieut. James F. Garvin, U.S.A.F. and Corp. Charles P. Storm, Jr., U.S.M.C.

Bridge No. 12—over Warren Avenue leaving East Shore Expressway

Honoring WWII

M/M2C Clifford Dawson Jackson, U.S.N. and P.F.C. Gordon S. Reid, U.S.A.

Bridge No. 13—over Warren Avenue near Seekonk, Mass. line

Honoring WWII

Pvt. Robert E. Holtzman, U.S.A. and P. F. C. George P. George, U.S.M.C.

Bridge No. 14—over Wampanoag Trail

Honoring Korean Conflict

P. F. C. Robert Leighton, U.S.A. and P. F. C. Arthur Lusignan, U.S.A.

1 In memory of all men (KIA), except In honor of these 4 brothers

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end of dedication ceremony program

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2 suggestions where to mail veterans greeting cards year round

Send unsealed cards, with the flap tucked inside, addressed "to any veteran" to your church,

or to the Volunteer Office, VA Medical Center, 830 Chalkstone Ave., Providence, RI. 02908.

The VA Medical Center welcomes cards (birthday, get well, thinking of you) all year round.

And to the RI Veterans Community, 480 Metacom Ave., Bristol, RI 02809.

Thank you for remembering and honoring our past and present members of the military, armed forces, and reserves and their families

**Page last updated Dec. 16, 2021 **

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"Tributes to our E. Providence Veterans"

named on the EP Military Service Honor Roll (hosted at ephist.org under "downloads")

The audience may

- wave their USA, RI, and EP flags,

- ring their bells (hand bells, jingle bells, cow bells, empty dry plastic soda/ water bottle filled with jingle bells or beans, old buttons, coins, etc. ), and

- sing along during this tribute.

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This work is copyrighted by S. Cady 2021.

When the corrected May and Oct. series (with correct thumbnail/ intro photos, scroll rate, ...) is complete, you will be given "sharing" permissions.

The cover photo can not be selected by the video creator. The computer generates it. Still some bugs to work out of these tributes!

CAUTION: Please do not download and do not save these DRAFT clips. (Some files are too large to download and it is a waste of your time.)

These "Tributes to our E. Providence Veterans" are posted as several individual short viewings.

Click on the "arrow in a circle" on the screen to begin.

Warning: You may not be able to view these video files on a cell phone.

1. Set up: Internet, computer screen, sound check <2 minutes


2. Ring the bell! (Audience may ring their bells 7 times.) 4 minutes

Raise the flag! with music Tribute statement


3a. WWII Honor Roll names A-L 4+ minutes

The background music is provided by the

Martin Middle School Wildcat Concert Band

" Freedon's Light Overature"

composed by James Swearingen


3b. WWII Honor Roll names L-Z 4+ minutes

The background music is provided by the

Martin Middle School Wildcat Concert Band

"Summon the Heros"

composed by John Williams


4. Tribute to E. Prov. Korean War era Veterans 6.4 minutes


5. Tribute to E. Prov. Vietnam War era Veterans 7.3 minutes
The computer has randomly selected this cover photo. Sorry it is not what the author has selected. After 3 hours of trying, the computer wins!


6. Tribute to E. Prov. Veterans and military members of other, recent, and present events 5.3 minutes
Cover was selected by computer, not by the author. New version 2 uploaded Sat. 10-23-21


7. Stars and Stripes Salute to our veterans and military members 2 minutes

by three EP Scout troops

Music: My Country 'Tis of Thee Sing along!

Ring the bell! (Audience may ring their bells 7 times.)


8. Retire the flag with "Taps" music <2 minutes

Ring the bell! (Audience may ring their bells 7 times.)

This ends all of the EP War Tributes with a 21 bell chime salute!


9. Credits for the WWII (May 2021) Tribute and thanks to many 4 minutes


"Stay at Home EPVMER 2021 ceremony"


1. Pledge of Allegiance no music 1.30 minutes

Scouts with flagsEPVMER-2video.wmv

2. Scouts "Tribute to Our Veterans", with "God Bless America" by Dale Magnuson, soloist, 2.15 minutes


3. The veterans for whom the EPVME bridges were named Music "Recognition, Honored dead" 9.23 minutes


4. Photos of veterans and flowers on bridge memorial signs Nov. 7th

Music "Esprit de Corps" 4.53 minutes


5. "National Anthem" with USA flags on Pierce Memorial Stadium gates 1.52 minutes


6. "You'll Never Walk Alone" by Dale Magnuson, soloist 2.16 minutes


7. EPVMER finale: "Taps" by Douglas Wood 1 minute

Optional ways to view these presentations off- line, without the internet

  1. If you have no computer or internet access, you can use a public library computer to view these files on-line anytime the library is open.

  2. A limited number of discs have been burned to share with people who do not have the internet.

  3. A copy of the discs will be available, after Jan. 17, 2022, for check out and return to Weaver Memorial Library.

a. The disc will work on a Windows PC (XP and above) that has a DVD player and video software, without the PC being on the internet.

b. The DVD disc will play on a portable DVD player and TV DVD player and a computer that plays a DVD disc.

  1. Can not get to Weaver Memorial Library? Have no access to the internet?

Request from epvme @ hotmail . com and receive a disc now until the limited supply runs out. Limited local delivery and pickup until Feb. 15.

If you know someone who wishes a disc for their internet less PC or DVD player, but they have no email account, please email for them.


Dec. 21 update:

Please check back later to read the history text used in the dedication Nov. 6th ceremony.

The timeline of when EPVME bridges were replaced is still

Estimated publication date May 2022.

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Please pay attention when driving west toward Providence, RI, on I-195, EP Veterans Memorial Expressway, especially between Broadway, Lyon Ave., before Purchase St.

You must merge left as the right hand lane quickly disappears !!!!

Safe travel wishes!

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Two maps are below for new EPVME bridge memorial sign locations and a suggested tour route.

Warning: I have no idea what you will see on a small cell phone. Go to the library and view on a computer screen.

Thank you for watching!


God bless everyone.


Life is full of changes.

Be flexible and accept them.

Bloopers and wise words encountered during planning this EPVMER event:

Ship almost sank when it hit a land mine.

U. S. A. Is that US Army or United States of America?

He is discussed - as translated by the dictation device. He is deceased.

Computers are wonderful. They keep me wondering.

Perfection can only be found in the dictionary.

Plan the work, now work the plan.

US Navy Seabee Memorial at the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery in VA preserves a WWII motto :

The difficult we do immediately, the impossible takes a little longer."

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