Boston Postmaster James J. Holland opens the ceremony
and speaks briefly about Alex and calls for the presentation
of colors by the United States Marine Color
The Pledge of Allegience is led by Victoria Foley’s Stepdaughter,
Bill Hart of Sacred Heart Parish in
Roslindale (guitar and vocal) performs The Star-Spangled Banner.
Postmaster Holland introduces Monsignor Francis Kelley of Sacred
Heart Parish, Roslindale, who offers a brief prayer.
Postmaster Holland invites family to unveil the new post office
Postmaster Holland welcomes family, special guests and dignitaries,
acknowledging Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley, Tomas
Kelly(?), a retired Massachusetts Secretary of Veteran Affairs
and representatives from the offices of Senators John Kerry and
Scott Brown. Holland credits these and the late Senator Kennedy
for supporting H.R.5877, the bill that authorizes renaming of the
Holland thanks veterans organizations, the Military Friends Foundation,
Mass Military Heroes, Hanscom Air Force Base, the Patriot Guard
and Rolling Thunder, “an organizaion of motorcyclists...”
Postmaster Holland introduces Boston Mayor Tom Menino,
who remember Alex.
Postmaster Holland introduces Congressman Capuano, who sponsored
the bill renaming the post office.
Postmaster Holland introduces Congressman Lynch.
Postmaster Holland introduces Victoria Foley, who speaks
briefly. Her son, Brian remains at her side throughout.
Postmaster Holland introduces Massachusetts Secretary of Veteran
Affairs, Coleman Nee, presents the Medal of Liberty to Victoria
Postmaster Holland introduces Alex’s father Alexander Brian “Carlos” Arredondo
who speaks for several minutes. His son, Brian remains at his side
Postmaster Holland introduces Massachusetts State Senator Sonia
Postmaster Holland introduces Alex’s Stepmother Mélida
Arredondo, who reads a short poem.
Postmaster Holland introduces Postmaster Holland introduces Blue
Star Mothers, who present the gold star banner to Victoria
Postmaster Holland introduces Dan Magoon of the Boston
Firefighters Post, who presents flags to Alex’s brothers.
(Some action is off-camera.)
Mélida thanks Dan Magoon for
helping with the ceremony.
Postmaster Holland introduces Chaplin
Roger Hoffman and Ed Aucoin of the Marine Corps League of Massachusetts,
who present the family with a plaque and certificates. (Though
the video track has a gap during camera reloading from 4:00 to
4:25, the audio continues uninterrupted.)
Postmaster Holland introduces Denny Drewry
who speaks on behalf of Senator Scott’s office.
Bill Hart of Sacred Heart Parish in Roslindale (guitar
and vocal) performs This
Land is Your Land, by Woody Guthrie.
Postmaster James Holland introduces Monsignor
Francis Kelley of Sacred Heart Parish, Roslindale, who delivers
White balloons are released as the rain ceases, cloud cover lifts
and sunshine appears.