Pictured above is Easter Seals Massachusetts Veterans Program Coordinator, Adam Costello, at the annual Penta Flag Raising Ceremony. Adam is featured with Francisco Urena, MA Secretary of Veterans Services, American Legion Post 234, Justin Sousa, Director of the Central Massachusetts Veterans Services District, and Denny Drewry, Assistant National Service Officer for the MA VFW.
“I’m humbled by the fact that private businesses across the Commonwealth, on their own initiative, take time to plan and organize events recognizing our service members and veterans. When we come back from the war, the majority of us return to being anonymous members of our society. Events like these remind us that our service has not gone unnoticed. It reminds us that our sacrifices have not been forgotten.” -Adam Costello, Veterans Program Coordinator
By Sandy Meindersma
Wicked Local Staff
WESTBOROUGH — Honoring the flag and thanking veterans is something Deborah Penta has always done.
“I’m proud to be an American, and when I was young, I received an Americanism Award for my evangelism about the right to vote,” Penta, CEO of Penta Communications, Inc., said.
Thursday’s annual flag raising ceremony came about after Penta bought her Turnpike Road building and began renovations.
“There was a ripped flag that hung in front of the building and one of the first things we did was take it down,” she said. “We waited until the exterior renovations were complete and we thought it was more appropriate to invite the veterans to come to raise the flag for the first time.
“This building has been a labor of love, and everything has to have meaning,” she said.
For the last five years, Penta has been inviting veterans, military families and governmental officials to celebrate the flag raising, and to place a flag on the lawn in honor or memory of someone who served or their family.
Francisco Urena, secretary of Veterans’ Services, thanked the veterans and their families for their sacrifice and urged attendees to remember those who are still serving.
“Those men and women could pay the ultimate price,” he said.
State Rep. Carolyn Dykema commended Penta and the town of Westborough.
“Westborough is a town that honors its veterans every day,” she said.