The Nahant American Legion Post 215 raises the US Marine Corps Service Flag in honor of Vietnam Era Veteran Robert "Bob" Silva.
The Nahant American Legion Post 215 Officers and Members wish to express their deepest condolences to Auxiliary Member Peggy Silva and Family on their loss.
Robert A. “Bob” Silva, age 73, of Nahant, died peacefully at his home on Monday, October 12, 2020.
He was the husband of Margaret “Peggy” (O’Leary) Silva, with whom he shared 47 years of marriage. Born and raised in Salem, he was the son of the late Anthony and Lucy (Carr) Silva. He had lived in Nahant for the past 48 years.
Bob was a graduate of Bishop Fenwick High School, class of 1965 and St. Anselm College, class of 1969. He received his MBA from Indiana University in 1972. He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam Era. Bob worked as a management consultant for many years until his retirement.
An avid supporter of St. Anselm College, Bob cherished the many friendships he made, which spanned over 50 years. He enjoyed golfing regularly with his friends at Kelley Greens. He also enjoyed skiing at Sunday River and was a regular beach walker at both Lynn Beach and East Point in Nahant. He was skilled at creating beautiful stained glass artwork. He also enjoyed extensive travel. Bob had a fierce loyalty to his many friends from all walks of life. His family was most important to him. He was dedicated to his parents and three younger brothers and adored his wife, children and grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two children; Julie O’Neil and her husband Michael of Marblehead and Jason Silva and his wife Nicole of Weddington, NC; his grandchildren; Avery and Connor O’Neil and Hallie, Peyton and Andrew Silva; three brothers, Anthony Silva and his wife Kathie of Epping, NH, Jack Silva of Newburyport and Tom Silva and his wife Catherine of Nahant; as well as his brother-in-law, Tim O’Leary and many nieces and nephews.
His visiting hours will be held on Thursday from 4-7PM in the SOLIMINE FUNERAL HOME, 67 Ocean St (Rt 1A), Lynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited and are expected to adhere to the guidelines of the Commonwealth of MA and the CDC, which limits the visitation at the funeral home to 40 people at a time.
His funeral mass which must be family only due to Covid restrictions will be at St. Thomas Aquinas Church on Friday at 10:30 am.
Those who would like may join the family at Greenlawn Cemetery following the Mass.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Anselm College, Class of 1969 Fund, c/o St. Anselm College Office of College Advancement, 100 St. Anselm Dr., Manchester, NH 03102.
“Let Americans disdain to be the instruments of European greatness! Let the thirteen States, bound together in a strict and indissoluble Union, concur in erecting one great American system, superior to the control of all transatlantic force or influence, and able to dictate the terms of the connection between the old and the new world!”1
So ended Alexander Hamilton’s essay (no. 11 of the Federalist Papers, 1787) on the crucial role a navy would play in safeguarding America’s commerce and reputation. The essay also laid out all the hopes of the new nation: peace, prosperity, and respect from the mighty nations of Europe.
Yet the Navy’s creation and development proceeded piecemeal and haltingly in face of seemingly intractable political, ideological, and economic obstacles. It took a quarter century for the Navy to emerge as a stable institution, and although we now celebrate the birthday of the Navy on 13 October, that date in 1775 is but one of several important steps on the way to a permanent naval defense force for the American people.
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First Recognition of the American Flag by a Foreign Government, 14 February 1778. Painting in oils by Edward Moran, 1898. (80-G-K-21225)
The Nahant American Legion Post 215 raises the US Navy Service Flag in honor of Francis Cullinan's Life & Service.
NAHANT — Francis “Cully” Cullinan, of Nahant, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on April 25, 2020 at 91 years old.
Born in Haverhill and raised in Lynn, son to the late Frank and Louise (Whiting) Cullinan. Devoted and beloved husband of 71 years to Irene (Athy) Cullinan. Father to Michael and his wife Dale, of Nahant, Mark and his late wife Mary, of Nahant, his late daughter Deborah (Polnicki) Cullinan, Francis Jr., of Nahant, and Kathleen Canty and her late husband Michael of Nahant; his grandchildren Shane Codispoti, Jill Pelletier, Stefan Polnicki, Irene Hamernick, Christopher Fee, Michael Cullinan, Elizabeth Cronin, Matthew Canty, Jake Canty and Briana Canty; and 13 great-grandchildren. Brother to Valerie Whitcher, of Nahant and John Cullinan, of Marblehead.
A graduate of Lynn English High School, he went on to study law enforcement at North Shore Community College. Cully was a proud USN veteran of WWII serving in the Pacific. He began his lifelong career in law enforcement with the Nahant Police Department before attending and graduating from the Mass. State Police Academy. He spent much of his career as a police officer and detective with the Metropolitan District Commission Police Department, and served as the Nahant police chief.
Active in many civic organizations he served as Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus and a member of Nahant American Legion Post 215 and a member of the Nahant Historical Society. Upon his retirement he and his wife moved to Florida, where they lived for many years, and made new friends from all over the USA. He loved coming home each year to attend his grandchildren’s sporting and school events and working part-time for the Nahant DPW where he mentored the young seasonal workers. The young workers knew if they were assigned to Cully they were in for a day of hard work, and many of them appreciate the work ethic and lessons learned by working alongside him.
Cully was a friend of “Bill W” for 50 years and counseled many people, young and old, struggling with addiction. He loved physical work, especially helping his children repair their homes and gardens. He loved Irish music and the trips to Ireland with his wife, where they spent countless hours researching their family heritage. Cully was a larger than life fixture in Nahant, a town that he dearly loved. The family would like to thank all of the dedicated staff at the Chelsea Veterans Home with special recognition to Donna Chronis for her loving and compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the Nahant Historical Society at 41 Valley Road, Nahant, MA 01908, or to the Nahant Council on Aging at 336 Nahant Road, Nahant, MA 01908.
A team of Nahant Veterans visited Greenlawn Cemetery this morning and reset the veterans markers and flags affected by yesterday's high winds. We appreciate the ongoing work done by our Town's DPW / Cemetery workers as they care for the grounds and help us honor our Veterans.
October 4, 2020
Today, Nahant American Legion Post 215 lowers our Flag to half-mast in honor of National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day.
Each year on the first Sunday of October, we honor fallen firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice saving and protecting their communities. The National Fallen Firefighters Monument, located in Emmitsburg, Maryland, pays tribute to all the valiant firefighters in the United States that have been killed in the line of duty.
In observance of National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day, the President directs the flags of the United States to be flown at half-staff at all local and state buildings, installations, and grounds throughout the Country from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020.
For the complete Presidential proclamation see here.
In 1936 the 74th Congress declared, “the last Sunday in September shall hereafter be designated and known as ‘Gold Star Mother’s Day,’ and it shall be the duty of the President to request its observance as provided for in this resolution.”
This year by Presidential Proclamation recognizes Sunday, September 27, 2020 as Gold Star Mother's and Family's Day. An excerpt from the proclamation reads as follow:
"The true strength and success of our Armed Forces is found in the love, support, and unity of our Nation’s military families, and this is reflected best in our country’s inspirational Gold Star Mothers and Families. Shouldering their profound grief, they find the courage and conviction to move forward, transforming their heartache into hope, meaningful service, and outreach to veterans, support organizations, and other military families coping with the death of a loved one. Their ability to overcome, persist, prevail, and in turn, enrich the lives of others, exemplifies the true American Spirit. On behalf of our grateful Nation, I commend and honor them for their continued commitment to our military heroes."
The full text may be read here.
Gold Star Mothers may come together through the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. (est. January 5, 1929), a nondenominational, non-profitable and nonpolitical organization. Their mission:
Finding strength in the fellowship of other Gold Star Mothers who strive to keep the memory of our sons and daughters alive by working to help veterans, those currently serving in the military, their families and our communities.
We honor these Mothers and Families today.
On Friday, September 18, 2020 the Nahant American Legion Post 215 gathered to recognize and honor our National POW/MIA Recognition Day. Each year since 1989, a presidential proclamation brings the nation together to remember and honor the members of the Armed Forces who remain missing in action or are prisoners of war. The day serves as a call to action, reminding the nation to rededicate our efforts. We’re responsible for bringing our patriots home and for caring for our military families awaiting word of their loved ones.
Those who have served, and those currently serving in the uniformed services of the United States, are ever mindful that the sweetness of enduring peace has always been tainted by the bitterness of personal sacrifice. We are compelled to never forget that while we enjoy our daily pleasures, there are others who have endured and may still be enduring the agonies of pain, deprivation and imprisonment.
The following is an excerpt of the closing remarks by the President just prior to issuing the 2020 proclamation:
Today, we look to the iconic black and white flag as a powerful reminder of the service of America’s POWs and service members who have gone MIA. This flag, especially when flying high above our military installations abroad, conveys the powerful message of American devotion to the cause of human liberty and our commitment to never forget the brave Americans lost defending that liberty. On this National POW/MIA Recognition Day, our Nation takes a special moment to pay tribute to those who endured the horrors of enemy captivity and those lost in service to our country. Our Nation will continue to be resolute in our relentless pursuit of those remains of service members who have yet to return home from war and our steadfast promise to their families that their loved ones will never be forgotten.
This summer the Nahant American Legion, Mortimer G. Robbins Post 215 belatedly awarded Legion member Kenneth C. Gavin, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF (Retired) a Certificate of Recognition and Achievement of his 100th birthday and, for his outstanding service in the United States Army Air Corp and United States Air Force.
We publicly recognize Colonel Gavin, who at the beginning of his service career flew two missions into Normandy on D-Day and also flew during Operation Market Garden attempting to liberate the Netherlands as part of the US Army Air Corps which then became the US Air Force. He served during the Korean war and continued serving until his retirement as Lieutenant Colonel, USAF and Operations Officer at Otis Air Force Base.
Following retirement from active and reserve duty in service of the United States he continued, and remains today, a vital and valued member of the Nahant community and the Nahant American Legion Post 215 giving years of service, assistance and comradeship.
The Nahant American Legion Post 215 raises the US Army Service Flag in honor of Jim Steriti's Life & Service.
Vincent A. Jim” Steriti, 94 years old, died August 31, 2020 at his home in Nahant surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of the late Elizabeth “Betty” (Oliver) Steriti. He was born in Revere, March 14, 1926, the son of the late Albert and Theresa (DiGianni) Steriti. He was raised in Revere and was a graduate of Revere High School. He moved to Nahant in 1973. He was an Army Veteran of WWII serving as a Sergeant in the Army Air Corps. He served as an airplane armorer in the Asiatic Pacific Theater with the 39th Fighter Squadron. Jim was a member of the American Legion Post in Nahant, a member of the Mottolo VFW Post 4524 in Revere. He was a communicant of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Nahant. Jim served as a Deputy Chief in the Revere Fire Department. He retired in 1977 after 26 years of service to the City of Revere. He is survived by his two sons, Edward Steriti, a Revere Firefighter, and his wife Antonia of Nahant, Dr. John Steriti and his wife Kristen of Lynn , four daughters, Dianne Skreslet-Doucette and her husband Donald of Peabody, Linda Cataldo and her husband Robert of Wakefield, Carol Steriti and her partner Richard Sek of Revere and Judy Steriti and her partner Kevin Bailey of Nahant. He leaves a companion Joan Buccini of Revere. He was “Grumpy” to his 13 grandchildren and 9 great grandchild. He is the brother of Nora Moccia of Lynnfield, Rosemarie Maloney and her husband Bill of Peabody and the late Angelo Steriti, Father Edward Steriti OCSO, and Eleanor Misci. Jim’s funeral will be private The family prefers donations in lieu of flowers to support, St. Joseph’s Abbey, 167 North Spencer Road, Spencer, Massachusetts 01562. Guestbook at www.solimine.com.
Purple Heart Day is observed on August 7 each year and is a time for Americans to pause to remember and honor the brave men and women who were either wounded on the battlefield or paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives.
This year, the Nahant American Legion Post 215 will join other communities around the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to "light it up purple" in remembrance and honor of the sacrifices made by Purple Heart recipients. On Friday, August 7th we will be illuminating our Flag pole and post purple. The Town of Nahant and our American Legion Post has several Purple Heart recipients.
The Purple Heart was created by General George Washington in 1782 to recognize exemplary military service. General Douglas McArthur reestablished the medal in 1932. The medal is made of a purple cloth cut in the shape of a heart with the word “Merit” sewn upon it.