Invocation and Veterans Tribute
Invocation by Fr. Joe White, Vietnam Vets tribute by Tom Lyons
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And next is going to be a -- are invocation. So I don't nobody has eaten yet. If you know the food. The food has been on the table. Since seven British -- I think. So -- but for cardinal Jason day a priest who is be the past and at Saint Francis Parrish. -- -- computer polls Paris insult clothes meals and pupils. He is today here he was the only enemy at BC behind Saudi. As a DC -- boy he comes from good stock. And in my opinion. He's one of the finest. Yeah not so young and will not when they're young and -- as early but I don't might need a yard -- out in the middle of the day. But doubt one of the finest pleased that we have in the us guys please welcome our great friend from seven hill always and seven hill but the faster. That's entrances are friends. -- -- -- Thank you Jack. -- how hard is turning fifty this year folks and I. As we come together and bring together. Heritage and -- and thoughts and prayers. And although we celebrate in the Catholic Church throughout the world today the scriptures about the trends -- duration. And Jesus disciples say it is good for us to be here. Doesn't seem like that -- yet governor. But. It is good for us to be here and for all of us to be here but to bring together all of our prayers in that -- -- duration of Jesus. Things changed and it is because of people that have gathered throughout the years. That things change and how. I was asked when I arrived here I'm by Tom Lyons the former director of the veteran -- I'm sitting next to he said. We chosen by lottery. Father to be here I said yes I lost. And coming together but recognizing I actually won I took a raffle at a South Boston agency. Benefit three years ago. And it was a meal would send it our hearts. I didn't realize it would be the breakfast. But coming together. And what we're about we've already heard connecting what today celebrates in most especially. Faith. Heritage and family. And all that we can be about. Recently. We given dispensation for corn beef on Friday for the South Boston citizens association. At which we truly remembered Tommy Butler. And remember him today and prayer. And his family to grieve his recent loss so too far I'm Mary FitzGerald Finneran Tommy Finneran mother who passed away last night. And for all the prayers we bring together for a beloved deceased but Tommy Butler a true son of South Boston and we will hear that -- recognize today in the ribbons that. So many people wearing. We bring together there was also another set of -- Boston. Richard cardinal Cushing Richard cardinal Cushing. With the nickname the clutch many people with nicknames come from South Boston touchy McDonna. The ones that I first met when I first came to sell the three years ago. And the parish fit yet Bibby lava. -- -- Touchy. All these nicknames -- the clutch the -- is a name that has lasted for quite some time and the Kush said were ever. 100 or more people are together. Take up a collection. We'll pass the basket. Don't put that away there's always a second collection. Jack knows that because he goes to our lady of good voyage on the waterfront where many of these fine. Represented isn't congressmen and senators and distinguished people gathered here but we bring together were actually in this parish of saint Vincent. And I'm grateful that he'll brigade began with. Healthy is my home town it is not my hometown. But. -- and these street are in saint Vincent's Parrish as is the convention center. And bring together all of that we are as people of faith in this area or South Boston throughout the wider community that faith. Which -- cardinal Cushing lived in South Boston and a true son. And bringing together operators. Recognizing ball that's brought what kind of Cushing had a prayer for renewal. If all the sleeping folks would wake up. Although Luke -- folks would fire up all the disgruntled folks would come up. All the confused folks would clear up all the gossip papers which shot up and all the mean folks would cleanup. We would have the greatest of renewal. I don't know how much of that is going to happen at this breakfasts. But bringing together all that need to be brought what he was also known for great just sensations all of you. Who she awards today -- dispensed from everything that comes sport and bringing guided and directed by god. Let us -- in those words of today's scripture it is good for us to be here it is good to celebrate. Fate and heritage it is good to celebrate. That which our ancestors. Began. Those of us celebrating Saint Patrick's Day they began and brought from violence and from all cultures and evacuation day the freedom we celebrate. Let us pray. Blessed are you lord god of all creation. All cultures all they all peoples. Give you one ceasing thanks for how many blessings. Blessings of parity agent freedom. And all that we celebrate on evacuation day Saint Patrick's Day and this parade day. Being in to those most in need and be with our military and all who sir. Be close especially to those who grieve as we remember Tommy Butler and we remember. Mary FitzGerald Finneran and all who have died this day. For all who grieve and all who are indeed for all hockey as we bring before you now and ask you a blessing. B upon all those gathered here the food which he shared the friendship the fun the laughter. And the forgiveness which is needed after all that is stated -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- given us a lot of applause. -- father -- the white is. Ask me to make this announcement that Donna saint Vincent's Parrish. He's now accepting all denominations. But it the first fifties and hundreds not Alexander's so. Everybody's is limited one of the finest young priest that was that we had so this is going to be able to delay. Brief. A little attributed to be so Boston Vietnam veterans the this is the thirtieth. Anniversary. Of the construction in the direction of the as diesel plus of being a memorial. The first of the nation in in the nation of its kind. Ended founders of the Vietnam memorial Tommy -- Sherri turner. Georgia agent Brian Holland and join us here what stage right now as a visit and a great loud applause to Tommy irons. -- -- Georgia again. And Brian Howland. And thank you. Debbie turner isn't. You loved him he comes. I was afraid it was and goes along. Thank you senate that the senator -- Congressman Lynch. The Governor Patrick. Lieutenant governor Murray. All the distinguished elected officials and in the fellow veterans. Thirty years ago the South Boston Vietnam veterans in the South Boston community. Dedicated the first Vietnam memorial this country to the 25 young man from salt salty. Who fought and died in the jungles of Vietnam. Thirty years ago it wasn't fashionable to build memorial -- to men and women. Who gave the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam. And it certainly wasn't fashionable to be a Vietnam veteran. The spot so many years to media and Hollywood perpetuated. Us who served in Vietnam. As drug use. Cycles. All losers. So -- Vietnam memorial was dedicated on September 13 1981. We were guided by ten words content to the base. Of that stone. If you -- my death. And I died invade. We came together that's Sunday not to glorify the walk. Ought to go glorified once participation in the walk on the contrary. We came together to remember 25 friends. It's -- Phillies know that the asylum. They've brought up. Husband a father. Would never be forgotten. As veterans of Vietnam we wanted to recognize our service and sacrifice. But I think in some small way we wanted to help change the image of Vietnam veterans so we ask all those veterans to wear a suit and tie. In a red carnation. -- -- -- We wanted people to know. Don't we will honored to wear the uniform of our country. We will probably a fast service in Vietnam. In we would we would never never apologize for that. Clear that this year's. Rededication well under way. On September 16 Friday. We will have our 25 and last some possibly get -- memorial golf tournament. Well yes we need sponsors. And yes. We will be looking took office. On Saturday will be older community events whereas many about past speakers who will be in town and then on Saturday evening be a welcome reception. On Sunday the eighteenth of September. We will rededicate our commitment to a 25 friends with the memorial mass at saint -- stretch. Followed by the rededication of the South Boston Vietnam memorial. At middle -- park. I keynote speaker will be US senator from Virginia James Webb. Jim marine highly decorated Vietnam veteran was our original -- on September 13 1981. We've invited back twelve medal of honor recipients. We will have to which will include the former governor. And US senator from Nebraska Bob -- We have. Three. Forced I've retired generals to PO double stick Stratton and Tim Sullivan. As well as Walter Anderson pharmacy EO and founder of the Parade Magazine. As well as John McDermott a good friend of this community. I thought about memorial it leads to all the men and women who serves during the Vietnam War welcome home. This morning I wanna extend an invitation. To all those men and women who wore a uniform not just in Vietnam and around the world.