Mattapoisett hosts Veterans Day services

Nov 11, 2023

MATTAPOISETT — “I know there are numerous veterans here, and if I were to ask them to show their hands if they think they are a hero, none of them are going to raise their hands because that is how we do,” said Army veteran and professor David Vacchi.

Vacchi was a guest speaker at the Mattapoisett Veterans Day Service on Saturday, Nov. 11, at Old Hammondtown School.

Vacchi served as a Lt. Col. of the United States Army in Iraq and has since become a professor focusing on student veterans.

According to Tri-Town Veterans Service Officer Chris Gerrier, Vacchi “has a reputation of impacting success at the tactical, operational and strategic levels throughout his military and higher education careers.”

“I still remember vividly the first time someone thanked me for my service…I almost fell down because I volunteered for this unlike people in other generations who were dragged into this,” said Vacchi.

While on stage, Vacchi was on a video call with his cousin, Kathy, whom he said provided him with unexpected support during his time overseas.

Throughout the ceremony, The Mattapoisett Showstoppers filled the cafeteria with renditions of songs like “God Bless America” and “Bless Our Troops”. Members of Rochester Boy Scout Troop 31 posted and retired the nation’s colors at the beginning and end of the event.

“We wouldn’t have the greatest country if it were not for armed forces; the honorable men and women that have made sacrifices to keep us safe here in our country,” said Select Board Chair Jodi Bauer.