- Boots on the Ground for Heroes
Friday August 18th Operation Stand Down will be back for the second year at Jim’s Dock to honor Dave DeCubellis, a brave Marine, Rhode Island State Police Trooper, and Owner of Jim’s Dock Restaurant and Marina. Dave always had a passion for life and helping those in need. Wounded in Vietnam, Dave spent his life supporting wounded veterans. On August 18, 2014 Dave passed away. His legacy lives on through through those he impacted and the Dave DeCubllis Veterans Program.…Find out more »
Join OSDRI as we honor our friend and colleague Tom Poole. Come help us honor his memory by doing what he loved and raising funds for veterans in need through Operation Stand Down RI. Rider or passenger ticket purchases will receive admission for the ride, a ride t-shirt and a meal ticket to the pig roast with all the fixins. Live band – The Straight Pipes Raffle prizes There will also be patches, bracelets, helmet stickers and past event tees…Find out more »
As we mark the fourteenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that killed 2,996 people and thrust our great nation into war. As we take a moment to remember that day and those victims, we must also take a moment to remember the Fallen Heroes who died defending our nation in combat following that fateful day.
In honor of those Fallen Heroes killed post 9/11 Operation Stand Down RI is announcing its upcoming “Boots on The Ground For Heroes Memorial” where a boot with a name placard for each individual killed in action will be placed on the ground of Roger Williams Park (near the Temple to Music) in Providence on Memorial Day Weekend of 2016. On Saturday, May 28th at 11 a.m. a formal memorial service will be held with keynote speaker retired Sergeant Major Todd Parisi.
The memorial will involve approximately 6,844 boots marking each of the lives lost in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn. (See attached flyers and images).
In order to put this memorial together, OSDRI is currently seeking donations of military desert style boots. Those interested in donating boots are asked to mail them to or drop them off to any OSDRI office between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday – Friday.
Operation Stand Down Rhode Island has four office locations throughout the state:
1010 Hartford Ave.
Johnston, RI 02919
790 Providence Street
West Warwick, RI 02893
Newport, RI 02840
54 Pierce Street
Westerly, RI 02891
Boots on the Ground Honorary Committee:
Governor Gina Raimondo
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
Representative Jim Langevin
Providence Jorge Elorza
Michael Sabitoni, President of Build RI
Nick, Ron, & Pete Cardi, Cardi’s Furniture
Michael McKelvy, President of Gilbane Building Company