WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington-based iPods for Wounded Veterans and State Representative Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury) has organized a “Salute To Veterans” ceremony, in honor of the late State Rep. Jim Miceli, on Friday, November 1, 2019, from 1:30pm to 3:30pm, at Memorial Hall inside the Massachusetts State House.
Veterans from across the state, from all conflicts and eras, are invited to attend the ceremony and receive recognition from the Commonwealth and iPods for Wounded Veterans.
“Every veteran who attends is going to get something from iPods for Wounded Veterans,” said the charity’s founder and chairman Paul Cardello. “We’re reaching out to our sponsors. The more we get, the more we’ll give away.”
Cardello noted that the Wilmington Senior Center’s knitting group has already donated 20 blankets and hats, while the Wilmington High School’s Local Heroes Club put together 100 toiletry bags. Bose has donated earbuds while Cornell University has given 3 refurbished laptops that will be raffled off.
If any company or individual would like to make a donation to the event, please contact Cardello 603-770-5336.
Robertson and Cardello, who have been planning the event since early August, hope at least 75-100 veterans attend.
Any veteran who needs assistance with transportation is asked to contact David Hencke, of VA Boston, at 857-364-5934. Any veteran that requires the use of a wheelchair is asked to contact State Rep. Dave Robertson’s office at 617-722-2210 at least a week beforehand so accommodations can be made.
The general public is also invited to attend to support the men and women who served in uniform.
The ceremony will include speeches from dignitaries, with the hope that Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito will stop in. iPods for Wounded Veterans also plans on acknowledging their biggest corporate sponsors and recognizing some of their past volunteer award winners. Some students from Wilmington High School and Tewksbury High School are expected to be in attendance.
“This will be iPods for Wounded Veterans’ signature event. It doesn’t get any bigger than this for us,” added Cardello, who partnered with the late State Rep. Jim Miceli on “countless” events over the years, including a similar State House event in October 2015.
Cardello really wanted to hold another State House event to honor veterans, and he really wanted to honor his friend and fierce advocate for veterans Jim Miceli. He thought it would be appropriate to combine the two events.
“Our friend Rep. Miceli will be looking down from above as our veterans have their day in the public spotlight that they deserve,” said State Rep. Dave Robertson.
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