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


updated June 22, 2022

Index of website topics:

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

> EP Military Service Honor Roll (ver8b March 2022)

The EP Historical Society is renovating their website. Some of the links in the honor roll may no longer link.

Submitted service corrections and these links will be included in the next update.

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

Also seeking information about veterans buried in the Ancient Little Neck Cemetery in Riverside, RI

> Links to EP Reporter of previous articles 2020-2021 about EPVME history and EP Military Honor Roll 2020-2022

> the 1961 and 2021 EPVME Re-dedication ceremony programs

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, 2021 ceremony participants' names

> 2 suggestions where to mail veterans greeting cards year round

> Virtual tributes honoring all of our E.P. veterans

and "Stay at home" EPVMER 2021 ceremony

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

> Route I-195 Traffic advisory

> About the replacement EPVME bridge memorial signs:

2 jpg maps showing sign locations and a suggested driving route

> Thank you letter from Operation Stand Down RI.

> Encountered bloopers and thoughts

Photos shared by attendees of EPVMER 2021 event. Please share your photos and video. Submit to epvme @ 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 and Fontes relatives

Who is in the stands ??

Vanner (Fontes) family in the stands


video announcing PFC Eugene Fontes,

JM shares 9 antique cars

GH shares the chair reserved for POW and MIA

Andrews Brothers' Memorial Exit dedication wreath- created by Trisha

On Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, Maureen and Arlene host visitors at Arlene's brother-in-law's PFC Frederick Slade's Memorial Bridge sign.

Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, 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

The latest EP Military service Honor Roll (ver 8b) is posted below as a pdf file.

The EP Historical Society is renovating their website. Some of the links in the Honor Roll may no longer link.

Submitted service corrections and these links will be included in the next update.


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

A book about the lives of our EP veterans with war memorials is being written. Still
trying to reach their relatives and 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. Still waiting to hear from (n) families.
If you know someone with this name, ask if they are related

Thank you for your help.

The names of veterans with EPVME bridge memorial signs are:

y n Edward Burke, Gilbert Perito (relative of Albino),

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

Howard G. Parker

y John Primmer

Alfred Rezendes
Richard J. Stark

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?

Trying to locate family members of these EP KIA WWII veterans

to inform them a biography of their relative is being written and to invite them to share memories about him.

Donald Balboni’s sister Gloria; wife, Winifred M. (Lowell), and in August 1944, 8 months old son

John Braga’s wife Almerinda (Gomes) Braga and

his 2 years old (in 1944) son, Ronald J. Braga and

John’s brother, Joseph J. (his wife, Adeline) Braga.

Ernest Costa Why does he have a memorial isle on Centre St. and Broadway. Was he a veteran?

Joseph D. Crowley: brother John and sister Catherine, wife? Doris C. Hill

Ed Faria’s brothers: Frank, Frederick, and sisters: Mary, Margaret, Florence, Mrs. Eva Pasconc

Emanuel Gracie’s wife Marcia Gracie, and in 1944, 1 year old son, brother Edwin

William Halton’s ex-wife Mrs. Donald S. Hartwell, and daughter, Betsy F. Halton, age 7 in 1950s

Clifford D. Jackson: wife, Mary E. (Henson) Jackson

Gilbert Perito: brothers Anthony, Oliver; relative Anna Albino;

boarded w/ the Oliver family on 19 Oakley St. (in 1940)

Frank Maciel’s wife Rose V. (Vieria) and daughter Judith Ann

3 sisters: Virginia, Julia, Mary and 4 brothers: Anthony Maciel, Raymond, Arthur, and Edward

John J. McDowell’s siblings: Eleanor M., Edward A., George B., Barbara

Thomas Joseph McLynch’s sister Edith

Phillip J. McQuade’s sister Mrs. Marguerite E. Keegan

Nicholas A. Monteleone’s siblings, Angela M., Anthony B., and Michael R.

Alfred Rezendes’ siblings: Mrs. Mary Medeiros, Irene, Celia/Cecelia, Frank, Angelina E., Joseph

Charles Storm’s wife, Lillian C. Storm

John Francis Webb: sisters

And other relatives of men on the memorial list above.

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 (VFW Post, building, etc).

Also seeking relatives to supply info about any KIA/MIA/POW veterans from Riverside in WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War. And recent veterans who are buried in the Ancient Little Neck Cemetery. ALNC desires to document their lives.

Please ask the relative to contact EPVME @ hotmail . com to contribute details and photos to the written biographies. Publication details TBA.

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List of EPVME history and EP Military Honor Roll articles that appeared in the EP Reporter 2020-2022

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

Dec. 2020 paper issue (on line Nov. 2020) Four Lists of Names of East Providence Citizens Who Served in WWII Exist


Jan. 2021 paper issue (on line Dec. 2020) Seeking Relatives of EP Veterans with I-195 Bridge Memorials: Contains list of veterans' names


April 2021 paper issue (on line March 2021) Riverside Scouts Present Stars and Stripes to Honor Our Veterans


April 2021 paper issue (on line March 2021) Part 1: Signs closest to Washington Bridge Photo: Mc Lynch-Gilbert sign


May paper issue (on line April 2021) Part 2: Purchase St., School St., Oakley St., Broadway
Photos of Maciel-Webb, Fontes
-Gracie signs


June paper issue (on line May 2021) Part 3: Broadway photos: Broadway signs for Braga-Halton


July 2021 paper issue (on line June 2021) Part 4: EPVME between Broadway to Pawtucket Ave. Photo: Crowley-Thomas sign


August 2021 paper issue (online July 2021) Part 5: East Shore Expressway Info about land between Pawtucket Ave. and quarry


September 2021 paper issue (on line August 2021) Part 6: EPVME near the RI/MA border Photos: Wampanoag Trail bridge: Lusignan-Leighton sign locations

Sept. 2021 paper issue (on line 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"

October 2021 paper issue (on line Sept. 2021) EP Veterans' Memorial Expressway 60th Anniversary Double Re-dedication Ceremony (EPVMER 2021)

October 2021 paper issue (on line 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

November 2021 paper issue (on line October 2021) Part 8: Bridge Memorial signs on the EPVME http://reportertoday.com/eastprovidence/stories/part-8-bridge-memorial-signs-on-the-epvme,35970

December 2021 paper issue (on line Nov. 2021) Part 9: Summary of the Nov. EPVME Re-dedication event

Jan. 2022 paper issue (on line Dec. 2021) EPVMER Part 10: Presentations to “Remember and Honor E. Prov. Veterans” Now Available, Without the Internet

Sorry there are no more DVDs, only discs to use on PCs, to share.

May 2022 paper issue (on-line April 2022) Remembering PFC Gordon Reid and other EP veterans this Memorial Day https://reportertoday.com/stories/reid-family-remembers-pfc-gordon-s-rid,39011?

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Below is the 1961 program

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”

and on also to be posted on this website


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

program was updated 2-19-22

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held at


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

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

Opening flag procession to the podium ---

Riverside Scouts- Cadettes, Jr. Girls, and Cub Scouts, Nancy, and Trisha

Invocation --- Rev. Joseph A. Escobar

Let us pray.
Heavenly God, you are the source of all that we have and desire.

We thank you for the freedom as we gather this day and remember our veterans

who have served our country so well

in times of war and in times of peace.

As a nation and as individuals, we are grateful of their service.

We ask for your healing blessing on our wounded veterans

who suffer in mind and in body.

May they know comfort through our care and concern for them and

through our appreciation of their sacrifices and service.

We commend to your mercy those who made the ultimate sacrifice

and died for our freedom.

May they rest secure in your eternal loving embrace.

Bless the families of our veterans

for they have made many sacrifices as well.

Pour out your spirit of peace and reconciliation

into the hearts of all leaders that

they may truly work for peace and the well being of all peoples.

We ask this of you, oh God, for you are the source of every blessing

and you live and reign forever and ever.


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

{S. Cady will post some history text here later.

Please read the articles in the E P Reporter, via above links.}

“America” --- all sing

Introductions --- of dedication ceremony participants and

Director of RI Veterans Affairs, Kasim Yarn

Introduction of Director Yarn at the EPVMER 2021 ceremony

It is an honor for us today to have Director Kasim Yarn present to assist with the mission that our veterans should not be forgotten. He will assist with the re-dedication of the replacement of the missing and forgotten EPVME bridge memorial signs.

In February 2016, our former Governor Gina Raimondo appointed Navy Lieutenant Commander Kassim Yarn as the first director of the RI Office of Veterans Affairs. This office is located in Warwick and Exeter, RI. The office of RI Veteran Affairs runs the state Veterans' Home in Bristol and the Veterans' Cemetery in Exeter.

The goal of the Office of Veterans Affairs is to assist veterans who are returning home after serving in war and other United States’ supported missions. Resources are given to both the veteran, their family, and care givers to help make the transition back into productive civilian life. One on one personal assistance and a crisis hotline exist to provide life resources to heal both physical and mental wounds. The goal is to not let any veteran fall through the cracks and be forgotten. The men and women who served our country should know they are not alone. Help is available.

A little about Director Yarn’s background as posted on the “RI serves” webpage.

Born in Jackson. Mississippi, he served in the Navy for 25 years, earning the rank of Navy Lieutenant Commander. While stationed at the Naval Station in Newport in 1995, the Navy selected Kasim to attend college and he became an officer. … Afterward, he completed four deployments in Europe and the Middle East, in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom. In 2004, Kasim became an instructor at the Surface Warfare Officers School at the Naval Station in Newport. While in Newport, he earned a Master’s Degree in National Strategic Studies at the U.S. Naval War College in 2006. Beginning in July 2007, Kasim served on several deployments with the Navy’s Sixth and Fifth Fleets in increasing roles of responsibility and returned home to Rhode Island in July 2013 to become a faculty member at the Naval War College. Since Feb. 2016, he has served RI veterans as the Director of the Veteran Affairs.

In an early news release, Director Yarn said “My top priority is to honor the service and sacrifices our veterans and military families have made by giving voice to their ideas and concerns and working together to ensure that every veteran has an opportunity to make it in Rhode Island.”

Director Yarn. We are grateful and blessed to have you as our director. We wish you the best with this valuable service you provide our veterans. Thank you for joining us in this historical remembrance of our past veterans and to honor our present veterans and military members.

--- Dedicatory Address ---

Re-dedication of the 14 EPVME bridge memorial signs

Presented by Gordon Reid

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 --- Please stand and greet the veterans and military members sitting near you

Re-dedication of the EPVME

to all EP veterans of all wars and military events with the

presentation of the EP Military Service Honor Roll to the city of E. Prov.

Presented by Gordon Hubbard

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 sing


A video of the end of the LIVE Nov. 6th ceremony exists. Coming whenever the computer software co-operates! Please check back later. Sorry.

Benediction --- S. Cady

Thank you all for coming this beautiful day

to celebrate the lives and to remember

all of our members of the Armed Forces -

those killed in action, now dead, still alive, and actively serving.

Watch over our military members as they return home.

Provide strength and patience to our families and caregivers for our aging and wounded veterans.

Keep safe all who are fighting the Covid pandemic and administering vaccines.

Safe travels home to all who gathered here today to celebrate the efforts of our heros.

Bless Operation Stand Down RI, our donations, and the veterans they serve.

Let the efforts of our veterans and military members to make the world a better place not be forgotten.

Go now and help make peace in the world.


Remember to turn your clocks back tonight!

Thank you for spending that extra hour here!

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

Taps --- Mr. Douglas Wood, trumpet

2:15 ~ 2:45 p. m. Antique car parade (9 cars)

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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.

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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 June 22, 2022**

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"Tributes to our E. Providence Veterans"

with names on the EP Military Service Honor Roll

(current honor roll is posted 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.

The cover photos were created by the computer program, not the video creator.

(What is in a cell phone view may differ from this Google controlled program view.)

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

In Google, click on the "arrow in a circle" on the screen to begin.

(On a phone, this "arrow in a circle" may not exist. )

Warning: Type size and screen size may be different when viewed on a pc versus a 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 if you do not have internet access

  1. You can use a public library computer to view these files on-line anytime the library is open.

  2. A limited number of discs were burned and shared with people who do not have the internet.

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.

current supply status: Still have many PC discs to share. Three PC CDs are available at Weaver Memorial Library.

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

current supply status: Sorry. There are no more DVDs to distribute until software becomes available to burn more DVD discs.

  1. Request to loan a PC disc or a DVD from the Weaver Memorial Library.

  2. Have no disc drive on your PC? Please provide a flash drive (empty, new, 1 GB) and I will load the files on it and return the flash drive to you.


June 22, 2022 Planned updates:

Please check back later to read

  • video of the bridge memorial re-dedication ceremony and

soon to be posted, in June maybe, the antique car parade

- the history text and closing prayer used in the dedication Nov. 6th ceremony

- The timeline of when EPVME bridges were replaced is still

Estimated publication date 2023.

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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., and before Purchase St.

You must merge left, after the overhead Lyon Ave. bridge, 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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