Dear President Paxson, Your Intolerance of Veterans is Unacceptable
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
I woke up this morning to very disturbing news regarding Brown University, located right here in our capital city of Providence. This comes after a steady rise of intolerance that has festered on many college campuses and prominently more than once on Brown's campus in the past few years. I call on you and the rest of your administration to immediately denounce such extremists intolerance and more importantly to formulate and implement a dialogue that consists of civil discourse. I will gladly make myself available for any such discussion.
It is with sadness that we mourn the passing of journalist Gwen Iffil this week, but it is exactly her words that are so appropriate on this issue. She was a passionate voice for a plea for civility in this nation.
She once wrote, “And, yes, civility is something we prize on both NewsHour and Washington Week. I always tell audiences that we see more value in light than heat. Sometimes the only way to have a discussion is to have a debate, but the only way to learn something is if the debaters make an effort to listen to each other."
I struggle to understand how someone like myself, who grew up in a very low income household here in West Warwick, worked three jobs at a time for most of my life since age 12, served my nation for 24 years in the military through three wars, created directly and indirectly thousands of jobs, and am responsible for charitable contributions north of $10 million dollars, can wake up to this kind of news.
You need to be held accountable, not the students. Leadership is not easy nor assignable.
I work hard every day and dream about how I will be able to donate to institutions of higher education to include Brown. I will tell you emphatically, that I and I am sure many others will be meeting with our estate planners to reevaluate where to direct our hard earned money if we feel that you house a community of hate.
As a proud immigrant who calls Rhode Island home, I refuse to allow your campus to stain the fabric of our community and more importantly our great nation that I have stood up for and defended, the United States of America.
I am hopeful that you understand the importance of seizing this moment as an opportunity to bring our community together.
MAJOR Giovanni Feroce (RET)
Chairman and CEO
B E N R U S
39 Pike Street
Providence, RI 02903
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Operation Stand Down's Boots on the Ground Memorial
Operation Stand Down RI (OSDRI) will host the first annual Boost on the Ground for Heroes Memorial this Memorial Day weekend from Friday, May 27 at 5 p.m. to Monday May 30 at 4 p.m. Overall, OSDRI will place 6,844 boots in the field by the Temple to Music at Roger Williams Park throughout the weekend.
A formal ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 28 at 11 a.m. where Sgt. Major Todd Parisi will deliver the keynote address.
The event will honor all of Rhode Island's veterans American heroes who were killed in action defending the country during the war on terror by marking their lives with a boot, a flag and a name placard.
Foster Parade and Wreath Laying
The Foster Memorial Day Parade and wreath laying will kick off at 8:45 a..m. on Monday from the Foster Center and North roads and go to the Ben Eddy Building.
There will also be a speaking program and the unveiling of a monument that is dedicated to World War II veterans who were originally from Foster.
Flag Retirement Ceremony in Little Compton
The flag retirement ceremony will take pace at post home on the commons in Little Compton at 2 p.m.
During the event, the public is invited to bring worn flags to burn.
Following that, there will be a memorial service at Acoxet Chapel in Westport at 7 p.m.
North Providence Parade
The North Providence Memorial Day Parade begins at 1 p.m. on Monday starting from North Providence High School on Mineral Spring Avenue and ends a Governor John Notte Jr. Park.
The parade will be followed by a short ceremony and then entertainment and food in the park from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
1876 Tribute Re-enactment and Procession
Mystic Seaport in Mystic Connecticut will put on a re-enactment by costumed role-players of an 1876 tribute and procession honoring those who had fallen in the Civil War on Monday.
The reenactment includes the roll of the dead in Fishtown Chapel, observance in Greenmanville Church and a procession to Middle Wharf as well as music of the Civil War fife and drum program.
The entire day goes from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bangor, Maine Memorial Day Parade
The Bangor Maine Memorial Day Parade will begin at 10:15 a.m. starting on Exchange Street.
The parade will proceed north on Exchange street and finish on Main Street.
Immediately following the parade there will be a ceremony at Davenport Park.
PHOTO: Davenport Park
Seekonk Memorial Day Parade
The Seekonk Memorial Day Parade kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday from Seekonk High School and ends at Dr. Kevin Hurley Middle School.
Following the parade, there will be a dedication of the Seekonk Veterans Memorial next tot the Seekonk Library. The dedication takes place at Noon.
Battleship Cove in Fall River
Battleship Cove in Fall River will host an observance at noon in order to honor and remember the men and women who dedicated and dedicate their lives to protecting the country.
The ceremony will consist of a the raising of the flag from half staff as well as a 21 gun salute.
The ceremony is FREE and open to the public.
Shrewsbury Memorial Day Parade
The Shrewsbury Memorial Day Parade will start at 9:30 a.m. on Monday from the Richard Carney Municipal Office building and makes several stops along the way.
The parade stops at Soldier's Statue in front of the Police Station on Maple Ave, War Memorial at the Town Center and at the Veterans Lot at Mountain View Cemetery.
At this year's ceremony, Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor, Karyn Polito will speak at the Town Center.
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