Milton Community Recognizes Veterans at Town Hall
Political leaders and veterans were among the speakers at Milton's Veterans Day observance.
The Town of Milton celebrated Veterans Day with an American Legion flag raising, music from the Milton High School chorus and marching band and speeches from veterans and politicians.
Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Stanton, U.S. Army, provided the keynote speech on Monday. Stanton, a 1982 graduate of Milton High School, is currently a military professor at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
“I have always taken great pride in being from Milton,” Stanton said from the Baron Hugo Gazebo.
Stanton asked those assembled to remember veterans, specifically the men and women who fought in our most recent conflicts.
“Let’s not forget those young troops,” said Stanton, pointing out the United States has the most young veterans in the country’s history.
Following his address, Stanton was given a citation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Rep. Walter F. Timilty provided the lieutenant colonel with the citation for his multiple deployments.
U.S. Congressman Stephen Lynch, who recently won reelection, was also one of the speakers at Town Hall.
Lynch, who has visited U.S. troops abroad over 20 times as a congressman, said he has asked over 1,000 military members why they enlisted.
The congressman said the answer nearly always has something to do with a family member who has served. Lynch thanked veterans not only for their service, but for the “power of your example.”
Lynch concluded his remarks by thanking those in attendance.
“Thank you for coming together,” Lynch said. “There is loyalty in the simple act of remembrance.”