The Commonwealth and our municipalities honor military veterans every year for Veterans Month, traditionally recognized during the month of November. This November, due to COVID-19 concerns, many Veterans Day and other events to recognize veterans were cancelled or limited.
The “Hopkinton in Service” panels were created as a new opportunity to recognize local veterans who continue to serve the community through local public service roles. These roles are crucial to protecting the community and its residents as well as enhancing civic life. Each veteran’s story is unique, but what they have in common is that they have chosen to serve in the military, and pursued a career in service, in order to contribute to the greater good.
We hope these panels will be shared widely, allowing the community to show its gratitude and inspiring a new generation of residents to service.
A special thanks to Hopkinton resident John Sherffius for designing the panels, which incorporate the flag image from an old photograph of Hopkinton’s World War I Doughboy statue and flagpole.
Representative Dykema and Whalen hope that you will join her in recognizing these veterans, and all veterans, for their dedication to country and community. If you are, or know of a veteran who has served in the military and continues to serve locally and who wishes to participate in the Hopkinton in Service initiative, please contact the office of Representative Carolyn Dykema at Carolyn.email@example.com, call 617-722-2680, or email Chaplain Michael Whalen at Michael.Whalen@va.gov.