2015-05-28 / Around Town

Remembering Those Who Served

By Jack Kelly

Walter Alves Sr. Walter Alves Sr. Newport held two somber and respectful Memorial Day observances on May 25. The first was conducted at Storer Park on Newport Harbor, to honor combatants lost at sea during times of war. Participants held a moment of silence, prayed and then strew flowers on the waters in remembrance, which was following by the singing of the Navy Hymn.

A second observance was held at Newport City Hall to remember all of the Newport residents who went to war and did not return. This year’s ceremony was dedicated to Vietnam War veterans. Eagle Scout Bobby Zeller led the crowd of approximately 200 in the Pledge of Allegiance, while Newport police officer Jimmy Winters led spectators in singing the national anthem. Walter Alves Sr., 91, and Teddy Lopes, 90, WW ll veterans, presented the national colors and the VFW flag. Both stood their position and refused relief until the ceremony was complete. Colonel William Babcock, U.S. Army Retired, delivered an inspired address about the meaning and importance of Memorial Day, especially for Vietnam vets.

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