Massachusetts Secretary of Veteran Services Francisco Urena was on hand for the meeting, telling the dozens of veterans gathered that he supports having veteran services officers in each community because they are able to address the local needs of a community's veterans. He also answered questions before and after the meeting about the direction of his administration.
Melrose Air Force veteran David Mahoney was also honored as part of Melrose Veteran Services ongoing Veterans of the Year program. Mahoney dedicates countless hours to the city assisting with the Welcome Home Banner, driving veterans to VA appointments and serving as a go-to veteran for local events and programs.
The night concluded with a discussion about holding a special ceremony prior to the Memorial Day Parade on Sunday May 24th. The ceremony will feature Korean War veterans and members of Operation Remember as we pay tribute to the "Forgotten War."
A lively discussion included a vote about the location of the new Korean War monument. Although many locations in Melrose would be an excellent spot for the beautiful stone, town hall veterans chose the Knoll as the best landing spot. It will serve as an additional piece in the ongoing restoration of one of the city's most sacred pieces of land.
Melrose Veteran Services in conjunction with the Melrose Veterans Advisory Board will continue to host semi-annual town hall meetings to help set the direction of veteran benefit delivery and programming. The next town hall meeting is schedule for October in anticipation of the Veterans Day holiday.