Army Brigadier General Jack Hammond, retired, addresses the crowd near Haverhill Public Library. (WHAV News photograph.)
Haverhill observed Veterans Day Friday morning by honoring those who served in the armed forces, recognizing the recent peaceful transition of power and warning of conflicts to come.
At a gathering at the city’s Global Peace Monument on Ginty Boulevard, Veterans Services Officer Michael Ingram reminded the audience, the U.S. remains at war.
“There will be young men and women marching that currently serve or recently served in the armed forces. These remind us we are still fighting a war on terrorism in the middle east—the longest war our nation has fought in its history. And, we should reminder that we are still at war and we are still losing men and women,” he said.
Ingram acknowledged the various monuments and memorials around the city, but called for a new one to honor those who have perished in the war on terror. He named such recent fallen heroes as Army First Class Private Evan W. O’Neill, Marine Lance Corporal Dimitrios Gavriel and Marine Lance Corporal, Nickolas Schiavoni
Army Brigadier General Jack Hammond, retired, said this is the most dangerous time since World War II.
“The Russian bear has awoken from a 20-year slumber and is hungry. The Chinese are making aggressive overtures all across the South China Sea and building up their conventional forces. The hermit king in North Korea has the potential to do something stupid at the drop of a hat. Iran is asserting its primacy in the middle east and ISIS continues to represent a global, asymmetric threat.”
Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini said, while Haverhill does a better job taking care of its veterans than many places, it is not enough. He urged residents to “make every day Veterans Day.”