PENTA Honors Military Appreciation Month with Donation to Area Veterans
Westborough, MA As a tribute to area Veterans and in celebration of Military Appreciation Month, PENTA Communications, Inc. (PENTA), welcomed Francisco Urea, Secretary of Veterans’ Services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, elected officials and community members to its Second Annual Flag Raising Ceremony on May 14, 2015.
VFW Post 9013, seeking an expansion of its current facility to benefit Westborough Veterans, initiated a fundraising campaign in 2014. PENTA donated $1,000 to the organization at its 2014 ceremony and provided another $1,000 this year, bringing its total contributions to benefit the campaign to $2,000. Overall, VFW Post 9013 has raised a total of $11,000 with another $19,000 to be realized to reach its expansion goal.
The Veterans’ facility expansion will better accommodate a growing number of disabled Vets, making it more accessible and better equipped to accommodate their needs. The facility and its equipment will be able to provide these local Veterans with a better quality of life. The continued efforts and the money that is being raised from any fundraising campaigns will help to give them the best chance at being able to continue their recovery, as well as having the opportunity to meet with other Veterans in the area.
“We sincerely express our deepest gratitude to PENTA for their continued commitment to the Veterans and especially to Post 9013,” said Denzil Drewry, Quartermaster of VFW Post 9013. “Through their generous donation again this year, PENTA has been a constant in supporting our organization and the entire Westborough community with the Company’s numerous contributions and monetary support to make Westborough a better place in which to live and work, and by hosting this wonderful tribute.”
Secretary Urea spoke about the efforts of the Baker Administration in honoring Massachusetts Veterans and shared its commitment to ensuring that services are provided to move many of our Vets out of homelessness and upward to a better pathway in life. He reminded event attendees of the important role we all have in supporting our Veterans and applauded PENTA as a business leader for its role in providing an opportunity to bring more awareness of Veterans’ Services to the forefront.
“Massachusetts is the national leader in Veterans’ services,” said Secretary Francisco Urea. We lead the nation because of our tremendous commitment to Veterans and their families at the local level. I am proud to be here in Westborough and join the folks from PENTA and their local elected officials in honoring our Veterans and continuing to ensure that we never forget the service they gave to our country and communities.”
Senator Michael O. Moore, Representative Carolyn Dykema, Representative Danielle Gregoire, Representative Hannah Kane, along with Adam Costello, Director of the Central Massachusetts Veterans’ Service District, and members of the Westborough VFW Post 9013, participated in the program and shared their perspectives on our Veterans’ service.
“I am honored to attend the second Annual Flag Raising Ceremony at PENTA Communications, Inc., which pays tribute to our brothers and sisters within the community, as we have an opportunity to join together in remembering those who were lost, and ensure that we keep those who are still fighting in our hearts,” said Costello.
Costello shared remembrances of the Battle of Iwo Jima from the perspective of those men who were not expecting what was to come on a beautiful sun-filled day much like the day of the Ceremony. He talked about the many Veterans served by the Central Massachusetts Veterans’ Services throughout the communities of Grafton, Northborough, Shrewsbury, and Westborough.
Senator Moore expressed appreciation for recognizing our Veterans. “This event is the perfect segue into Memorial Day. Thank you to PENTA for sponsoring today’s Flag Raising Celebration,” said Senator Moore. “During Military Appreciation Month, and always, it’s important to recognize the commitment and sacrifice of those who have served in the Armed Forces, and call attention to their efforts to promote peace, prosperity and freedom across the world.”
“Our democracy couldn’t survive without those willing to serve.” said Representative Dykema. “I’m honored that today, through the efforts of a great local business like PENTA, Westborough is coming together to pay tribute to our Veterans and active duty military. Every day, we enjoy the freedoms that are only possible through their service and today we have the chance to demonstrate how much we appreciate them.”
“I am honored to be involved in this event to show my support and appreciation for our members of the military,” said Representative Gregoire. “As the daughter and granddaughter of Veterans, I could not be more grateful to have an opportunity to further thank our military men and women.”