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Veterans Day ceremony, 11/11 @ 11AM

CAPT M. Patricia Murphy, United States Public Health Service, will be the guest speaker for the 2019 Veterans Day Ceremony, on Monday, November 11, 2019, 11:00 AM, at First Church of Christ Congregational auditorium, 12 South Main Street. The event is organized by the American Legion, Post 96.  

Free parking is available in the Isham Garage from 10:30AM to 1:00PM. 

The Veterans Day ceremony includes a welcome by Moe Fradette, Past Post Commander of American Legion Hayes-Velhage Post 96, and an invocation by Rev. Dana Hallenbeck. The National Anthem will be sung by Stephanie Reuning-Scherer. “Taps” will be performed by Peter Roe, U.S. Army, American Legion, Hayes-Velhage Post 96. Patrick Harrell, USMC, will lay the memorial wreath. 

In addition to the keynote message, the ceremony will also include a speech by West Hartford Mayor Shari Cantor. 

Three color guards will present: West Hartford Police Department led by commander Lt. Eric Rocheleau, West Hartford Fire Department led by Commander Firefighter Ryan Shea, and American Legion Hayes-Velhage Post 96 led by Commander Michael DeLuca. Sargent of the Guards is Michael DeLuca.

About the Guest Speaker:

CAPT Murphy received her commission in 1991 and has served in many capacities with the United States Public Health Service.

CAPT Murphy grew up in the North Shore region of Massachusetts and graduated from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy located in Boston. Prior to receiving her commission, she and her husband relocated to Texas where she was a Supervisory Pharmacist of the Research/Inpatient/Outpatient Pharmacies and member of the Quality Assurance/Utilization Review staff at the Department of Veterans Affairs located in Dallas, Texas.

She is currently assigned to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a Regulatory Officer. She was the first Team Leader of the Northeast Region Regional Incident Support Team (RIST) when it was established in 2009 and continues as an active member of the team. Each RIST is capable of responding to the many immediate public health emergencies and urgent health needs arising from a major disaster or other event. The RIST provides rapid assessments and initial incident coordination of resources and assistance to State, Tribal and local health authorities within defined regions of the United States in response to public health needs.

Other duty assignments include Chief Pharmacy Officer at the U.S. Bureau of Prisons and TDY Pharmacist at Indian Health Service. In addition, she served as the Pharmacy Officer for the National Institute of Health (NIH) Ebola Research Pharmacy Team in Liberia.

Among her many awards are the Surgeon General Exemplary Service Medal, Crisis Response Service Award, Field Medical Response Badge, Global Response Service Awards and Ebola Campaign Medal, Commendation Medals, Achievement Medals, PHS Citations, Outstanding Unit Citations, Foreign Duty Awards, Unit Citations, Hazardous Duty Award, and Special Assignment Awards.

CAPT Murphy and her husband Dan have two daughters and two grandsons.

About the American Legion:

The American Legion was founded in 1919 on the Four Pillars of a Strong National Security, Veterans Affairs, Americanism, and Youth Programs. With a current membership of over 2 million veterans, Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through more than 14,000 posts across the nation. Recently, there has been a change in the rules of the National Service Act (LEGION Act), signed by the President that allows for millions of additional Veterans to access American Legion programs and benefits, for which they previously had not been eligible.

 Prior to this signing, only veterans of war-time periods, as defined by Congress, were qualified for membership. The gaps in the war eras were largely during the Cold War, a time when threats to U.S. national security was real, especially to the men and women serving in uniform. Recognizing the eligibility for the service of these ‘peace-time’ veterans for their efforts now qualifies them for membership in the American Legion.