Rising up in Boston, elections had been at all times a time of hope, particularly for individuals who had been dedicated to our democracy and a perception that everybody could make a giant distinction.
Possibly it was as a result of we had been introduced up listening to our dad and mom, grandparents and neighbors telling us in regards to the significance of voting and our civic obligation. They shared tales of the group and the nation.
Folks didn’t need to depend on seeing political ads on TV. We had been typically knowledgeable by revered neighbors and political leaders whose opinion we trusted and valued.
I bear in mind watching veterans from numerous posts organizing outside political rallies on the Medal of Honor Michael Perkins Sq. in South Boston, the North Finish Submit, Previous Dorchester Submit, Carver Submit in Mattapan and so many others. The joy and civic pleasure was overwhelming. However we nonetheless see plenty of that pleasure at this time coming from lots of our veterans and younger residents.
Saturday, at a phenomenal funeral memorial Mass celebrated by Father Joe White of St. Joseph’s within the West Finish, we heard a beautiful tribute to Al Petrie, who was a veteran of the Korean Battle whereas serving within the U.S. Air Power.
Al was a proud U.S. veteran who later grew to become an lively member of each the Saunders Submit and the Fitzgerald Submit of South Boston, and was lively within the first Italian American Satisfaction Occasion, aiding my administration in proudly highlighting the various accomplishments and achievements of Italian Americans in Boston and America.
An U.S. Air Power Honor Guard was readily available on the church to current an American flag to the Petrie household on behalf of a grateful nation for Al’s service. It was nice to see so many loyal buddies and neighbors readily available at Gate of Heaven Church to say farewell to a trustworthy and constant son of South Boston.
My son, Metropolis Councilor Ed Flynn, and state Rep. David Biel had been on needed to characterize town and state. However as I informed informed buddies of Al outdoors church, Al was not solely a patriotic U.S. citizen and veteran, however a religious household man who put his household, nation and Catholic religion first. Al and his spouse, Christine (Gribaundo) Petrie, had been the sort of folks we discuss who made America nice and we should all work and vote to maintain it that manner.
Ray Flynn is a former mayor of Boston, U.S .ambassador to the Vatican and longtime buddy to Al Petrie.