On Sunday, November 10, parishioners at Saints Rose and Clement Church celebrated their second annual Veterans Day observance.
Led by Father Andrew Messina, the Mass honored parishioners, family, and friends on active duty, and those who have served in the military, both retired and deceased. In his homily, Father Andrew wove the November tradition of All Saints Day together with the November holiday of Veterans Day, likening the beloved dead to angels among us.
On the steps of the church, the names of 264 veterans were read to the silent crowd gathered. Father Andrew introduced this year’s honoree, 93-year-old Naval Quartermaster Third Class Owen Mahony, for displaying exemplary courage in the line of duty. At eighteen years old, Mahony piloted the USS LST-56 to Omaha Beach, Normandy, on D-Day.
A Boy Scouts color guard, the Rhode Island National Guard gun salute, and a stirring rendition of “Taps” by a National Guard bugler added to the solemnity of the occasion.
Owen and his wife Teresa celebrated their 67th anniversary in June. They have 12 children, 34 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and reside in Warwick.