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11/23/2021 Chairman Azzinaro unveils RI Women Veterans Plaque at the State House
STATE HOUSE – House Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Samuel A. Azzinaro unveiled a new memorial to Rhode Island’s women veterans at the State House yesterday.  The plaque, hung outside the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee office, was a result of the Rhode Island Women Veterans Plaque Commission which was formed in 2016.

“This memorial will serve as a fitting reminder to all that enter the State House of the irreplaceable service that Rhode Island’s women veterans have given to our residents and country.  Their role in our history and in preserving our way of life of freedom and democracy deserves to be acknowledged by all with gratitude, appreciation and thanks,” said Chairman Azzinaro (D-Dist. 37, Westerly).

Guest speakers at the event included U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressmen James R. Langevin and David N. Cicilline, Speaker of the House K. Joseph Shekarchi (D-Dist. 23, Warwick), RI Adjutant General Christopher Callahan, Rear Admiral Shoshana Chatfield, RI Office of Veteran Services Director Kasim Yarn and Retired U.S. Army Col. Lynn Lavallee.

Also in attendance were House Veterans’ Affairs Committee members Reps. Camille Vella-Wilkinson (D-Dist. 21, Warwick), Joseph J. Solomon, Jr. (D-Dist. 22, Warwick) and Deborah A. Fellela (D-Dist. 43, Johnston).  Sen. Walter S. Felag, Jr. (D-Dist. 10, Warren, Bristol, Tiverton), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Special Legislation & Veterans' Affairs, also attended the event.

Photo: Chairman Samuel A. Azzinaro, left, and Rep. Camille Vella-Wilkinson, U.S. Navy (Retired), shake hands underneath the newly unveiled RI Women Veterans Plaque at the State House.

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903