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Veterans Day Parade

The Portland Fire Department and the Portland Professional Firefighters Local 740 would like to celebrate our members who are military veterans in addition to their service to the City of Portland as firefighters and telecommunicators.  All members, present and retired, are invited to march in this years Veterans Day Parade with Chief LaMoria, in full dress uniform, in honor of our nation's veterans who have served and who currently serve.  Members and retirees who are also veterans or active service are encouraged to march in the uniform of their service.  Notably, any retired member interested in participating that may feel unable to complete the march will have the opportunity to ride in PFD apparatus or golf carts in the parade.  Chief LaMoria is prepared to find a seat for any veteran retiree that is interested in being honored.  This years guest of honor will be Arthur Best, 88 year old PFD retiree and decorated WWII veteran.  The Veteran's Day Parade will take place on Veterans Day, Monday November 11, step off begins at 1030 hours at Longfellow Square.  A reception will be held following the parade at Central Fire Station with breakfast items.


Firefighter Sean Donaghue is heading up the attempt to spread the word and organize the logistics.  Please help reach out to our active and retired members in any way you can and contact Sean through email at pfd226@yahoo.com or cell phone (978)590-5254 with any interest, particularly with retiree participation.


To all members, 

I write to remind everyone of the invitation to join me in marching in the City of Portland's Veterans Day Parade on Monday November 11th.  This invitation includes all members both past and present. Members and retirees who are Veterans or active service may march in the uniform of their service.  Step off begins at 1030 hours at Longfellow Square.


We will be recognizing Arthur Best, a retired Portland Firefighter, a Veteran of WW2, a recipient of both the silver and bronze star and a recipient of the Purple Heart. Arthur will be riding E9 in the parade and there will be an informal reception at Central Station following the parade. Light refreshments will be provided.


Also on Monday, Deputy Fire Chief William Flynn, along with Police Chief Michael Sauschuck, will participate in The Run for Veterans just prior to the Veterans Day Parade. Both will join Brendan O'Toole, co-founder and president of The Run for Veterans as he completes his run across America. (http://www.therunforveterans.org) Called to action by the suicide of a friend and fellow soldier following his return from Iraq, O'Toole began raising awareness of veterans not receiving support and services critically needed. His run includes more than 3,600 miles.


Chief Flynn will join this run at approximately 10:20 AM at Central Fire Station and proceed along Congress Street, down the Franklin Arterial to the Bayside trial, and ending at the Eastern Promenade on Cutter Street. A documentary film group is recording this event along with local news coverage.


 I am proud that this department is supporting and participating in activities that honor our nation’s veterans.


Chief LaMoria