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Honoring 9/11 victims, Vietnam veterans

September 11, 2011

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A day of remembrance will be held today as those who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, including Canton native Michael A. Uliano, are memorialized in a morning ceremony, and the contributions of the town’s 560 men and women who served in the Vietnam War are celebrated this afternoon. Fire Chief Charlie Doody said the 9/11 ceremony will take place at 8:45 a.m. in Veterans’ Memorial Park, at Canton Corner Cemetery on Washington Street. In addition to honoring all those who died in New York, Arlington, Va., and in Pennsylvania, a memorial will be unveiled honoring Uliano, 42, a 1978 graduate of Canton High School who died in the attacks on the twin towers. “We wanted to do something to honor the memory of those who gave their lives,” said Doody. He said the terrorist attacks changed people’s sense of trust but has led to better training of emergency responders who now know to look out for dangers that previously would not have been recognized. Veterans agent Tony Andreotti said that about 560 people from Canton served in Vietnam and about 130 of them are expected to attend the ceremony acknowledging their sacrifices. It will be held at 3 p.m. at Canton High School. “I’ve heard from veterans who said no one ever honored them; that’s why we’re doing it. It’s sort of making up for what should have been done before,” Andreotti said.

- Elaine Cushman Carroll