Each year we here at the Law Office of Dussault & Zatir, PC proudly join the city of New Bedford’s Veterans Day ceremonies. This year’s ceremonies include a service in memory of the World War I veterans of the National Guard’s 26th Yankee Division 102nd Field Artillery, Battery D of New Bedford on Saturday November 10th, as well as the New Bedford Veteran’s Day Parade on Sunday November 11th.
Honoring Our Veterans Today and Every Day
Attorney Jim Dussault’s father, Roma Dussault was a World War II veteran and a career firefighter with the New Bedford Fire Department. Serving as a plane captain onboard the World War II “hero ship” USS Bunker Hill CV-17, he and his crew’s exploits were immortalized in Maxwell Taylor Kennedy’s book “Danger’s Hour”. After Roma’s military service ended, he would volunteer his services by taking care of the grass and pulling the weeds at the National Guard Artillery Square to further honor the soldiers’ sacrifice. As a boy, JIm’s grandfather would take him to this park and read the plaques commemorating these soldiers stories of courage and determination. It is because of these stories and sacrifices that we honor and celebrate our brave veterans on Veterans Day and every other day.
The Battery D Service
The New Bedford’s 26th Yankee Division 102nd Field Artillery, Battery D fought hard and long, losing 22 young men from the city during World War I. Notably, the unit gave nine consecutive months of service on the Western Front in France in 1918. The “doughboy” statue at the Nation Guard Artillery Square was modeled after Warren M. Frank, city resident and Battery D veteran, and was originally dedicated on May 30, 1924.
The memorial service for Battery D service will be held on Saturday, November 10 at 1:00 pm at National Guard Artillery Square, where the monument erected to Battery D stands, at the corner of Kempton St. and North St..
2018 New Bedford Veterans Day Parade
The Veterans Day Parade will be held on Sunday, November 11, beginning at 11 am It is presented by the City of New Bedford Veterans Advisory Board Veterans Day Parade Committee. The parade will begin by marking the signing of the Armistice of 11 November 1918, bells will toll across the country including the bell in front of the New Bedford Main Library at 613 Pleasant Street.
This year’s parade route will march east on Union Street, then turn north onto County Street, and then turn east onto William Street to the reviewing stand located in front of the New Bedford Main Library on the corner of Pleasant Street and William Street, where a Veterans Day service will be held. Seating will be reserved for elderly and disabled veterans near the reviewing stand. The New Bedford Veterans Board has proudly announced that 92 year old Octavio “Tacky” Pragana, a Navy veteran in World War II and Korea and a retired New Bedford police officer, has been named the grand marshal of this year’s parade.