Local Veterans attend gallery exhibit featuring photographs and stories of City's commemorative places.
Mayor Angel Taveras, in coordination with the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and the Providence City Archives, hosted a gallery exhibit and reception at Providence City Hall in honor of Veterans Day.
The exhibit, entitled Honoring Our Neighborhood Heroes: The Stories Behind Providence's Commemorative Places, features more than a dozen photographs of memorial squares, public monuments, schools and public parks throughout the Capital City, as well as the stories of the local veterans they are named after.
"We have a solemn obligation to support our veterans and service members on Veterans Day and throughout the year," said Mayor Taveras. "This exhibit is an important way to remember the lives and legacy of Providence's local heroes."
One of the many heroes featured was Dominique Poirier, a local World War II veteran who died in a POW camp in Fukuoka, Japan in 1945. A memorial square located at Mount Pleasant Avenue and Atwells Avenue was recently rededicated in his honor. Gloria Nerney, Poirier's niece, as well as several family members, attended the reception and addressed the crowd of active and veteran service members.
The gallery exhibit will be on view at Providence City Hall until Monday, December 9. The Gallery is open to the public during City Hall business hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. On the first and third Wednesday of every month, hours are extended until 7 p.m.
Offering space to artists and organizations that might not have a permanent gallery, the Gallery at City Hall exhibits an eclectic array of work that highlights the artistic and cultural diversity found in the Providence community. For more information about the Gallery, visit www.providenceri.com/ArtCultureTourism.