By Maggie C.
The American Legion Post 223 held a ceremony recognizing World War II veterans on Tuesday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day.
Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient, Sergeant Romaio Magnarelli of the Infantry was one of the ten honorees recognized for his combat in World War II. Magnarelli said that the ceremony and honor that comes with Veterans Day is unbelievable. Additionally Magnarelli said, “I hope the younger generations in the future don’t have to go to any more war. It’s crazy. It’s crazy what’s going on in this world today. It’s unbelievable…War is terrible and good for nobody.”
U.S. Army Commander Frank Kemp, a 40 year resident of Duxbury, was a door gunner on a helicopter in the first armed helicopter company ever to be used in combat by the American military in 1963 and 1964. He is among a long line of military men in his family, with his father, father-in-law, and uncles all serving in World War II. “[Ceremonies honoring veterans] mean a tremendous amount to me,” said Kemp. “Coming back, I see and treasure the ability to recognize people that have gone before me. As time goes on there are so few [World War II and Korean War veterans] left, and ceremonies like this provide the dignity to people who have done something so many years ago.”
Duxbury resident, Therese DiMuzio’s father, Lenny DiMuzio, and brother, Lenny DiMuzio, Jr., both served in the military. She was only an infant when her father served in the Korean War, but her brother served in the Navy, which created a lot of stress and uncertainty at the time of his deployment. “You don’t know how things are going to turn in the world. The same holds true today for a lot of families that are faced with the uncertainty of war,” said DiMuzio. She is currently on the board of the Women’s Auxiliary, which heads fundraising for the Navy and veterans alike throughout the course of the year.
The American Legion has long provided a place of solace and understanding for Veterans. “Shortly after World War I when the American Legion was founded, it was very popular. It also became very popular after World War II,” said Kemp. “So many people became ‘Legioneers’ because they found that they could go down to the Legion one night a week and be around people that understood what they went through.”
The American Legion enabled veterans who suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to get the help they needed. Kemp said that issues such as PTSD became recognized by the veteran’s administration and were handled through the medical system.