On May 8, 1945 - known as Victory in Europe Day or V-E Day - celebrations erupted around the world to mark the end of World War II in Europe.
The war had been raging for almost five years when U.S. and Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944. The invasion signaled the beginning of the end for Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. In less than a year, Germany would surrender and Hitler would be dead.
But in his speech to the nation on V-E Day, President Harry S. Truman cautioned that Allies must "work to finish the war" by defeating the Japanese in the Pacific.
We must never forget the sacrifice of those who led us to victory and we must study history in order to ensure we do not let complacency exist among us.
May 07, 2021 - Today we publicly bid farewell to our Comrade and Friend, Tom Gallery. Tom's services will be held today at Greenlawn Cemetery and his Nahant American Legion Post 215 will be on hand to honor his lifetime of service and enter him in Post Everlasting.
Tom passed all too quickly after a brief illness on December 6, 2020. He spent a lifetime serving his country and his community. His unexpected loss leaves a hole in our hearts and community. Tom was a well respected member of more than 50 years of the Nahant American Legion Post 215 and a strong Veterans advocate. He is a past Commander and his devotion to duty, God, and Country will be sorely missed.
The US Navy Service Service Flag is flying in his honor at our Post located within the historic Nahnat Life Saving Station.
Rest your oars sailor, we have the watch.
Thomas W. Gallery, 75
1945 - 2020
Nahant - Thomas W. Gallery, 75 of Nahant passed away suddenly on Sunday, December 6,2020 after a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of Dr. Melissa (Tanner)Gallery with whom he shared 41 years of marriage. Born and raised in Nahant he was the son of the late Charles C. Gallery and Patricia (Larkin) Gallery. He was a graduate of the Lynn Classical High School Class of 1964.
After graduation Tom went on to serve his country proudly in the Navy from 1964-1968. After discharge from the Navy he returned to Nahant and became a Nahant Police Officer. He served his community for 32 years and retired as a Sergeant in 2006. Tom was also a 50-year member of the Mortimer G. Robbins Post 215, American Legion.
In his retirement Tom spent most of his best days riding his Harley Davidson on great adventures with friends or enjoying the beautiful breezes vacationing in Puerto Rico.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Tom's name to New England Center and Home for Veterans,17 Court Street, Boston, MA 02108; St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Avenue, Salem, MA 01970. Arrangements by the Solimine Funeral Home, Lynn. Guestbook at www.solimine.com