Monday, December 11, 2017

Recognizing a Distinguished Veteran

               Today, I had the honor of presenting the Massachusetts Medal of Liberty to the family of Army Specialist 5 (SP5) Matthew P. Amaral III. December 14 will mark the 50th anniversary of his death in a helicopter crash while serving in Vietnam.

                The presentation was made as part of a ceremony conducted by the Cape Ann Office of Veterans' Services in which a flag was raised in honor of SP5 Amaral. That flag will be flown at the Veterans Center throughout the week. Such flag displays are an important tradition, and they are conducted on behalf of veterans regularly. Please contact the Veterans Center at 978-281-9740 to learn more about them, or to arrange to have a flag flown in honor of a particular deceased veteran.
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