THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, November 19, 2021 Page 13 Malden American Legion Post 69 celebrates Veterans Day and the Marine Corps’ 246 years of service to our country L ast Thursday was Veterans Day and the Malden American Legion Post 69 celebrated with an outside service in full military form, complete with Honor Guard. The Post recognized the importance of supporting those brave men and women who gallantly served our country past and present. Mayor Gary Christenson and other local elected officials were in attendance, as well as the boys and girls scout troops of Malden. US Navy veteran and Commander Barry Donavan addressed the large crowd in attendance, and US Army veteran George Sahady was the Master of Ceremonies. Korea US Army veteran Connie Murphy was recognized for his lifetime service to the post as Chaplain and his commitment to the country. Mayor Christenson spoke on the upcoming plans for Memorial Day and the new monument dedication; and Arthur Kahn from the Malden Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter also added to the program. Following the program, all were invited inside the Post for refreshments and the official cutting of the US Marine Corps birthday cake, celebrating 246 years of service with honor to our nation. Malden Girl Scouts: Leader Heidi Sutherland, Haylee Baker, Mia Nguyen, Jasmine Znau, Shelby Daly, Mary Gage. Commander Barry Donavan welcomed everyone. Malden Boy Scouts: Scout Master Rick Boudreau, Steve and Mike Lawrence and Scott and James Gage. Chaplain Connie Murphy was recognized for his service. Mayor Gary Christenson, always a veterans supporter, spoke at the Veterans Day ceremony. Past Commanders Larry Clark and Arthur Kahn Commander and US Navy Veteran Barry Donavan Master of Ceremonies George Shady led the Pledge of Allegiance. Happy 246th Birthday to the US Marine Corps. Marines Mark Killoren and Gene Andrew Ouellette cut the cake with a Marine saber. James Holland performed the National Anthem. American Legion Auxiliary members Donna DeCola and Barbara Hemenway with Malden officials: Ward 1 Councillor Peg Crowe, City Treasurer Dan Grovel, City Council President Neal Anderson and Mayor Gary Christenson. The wreath made by Debbie Panarello was placed at the monument by Shelby Daly of Girl Scout Troop 71139 and Steven Lawrence of Boy Scout Troop 603. The Malden American Legion Honor Guard: Dave Chamberlin, Mark Killoren and Bob Boule.

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