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Massachusetts Army National Guard State-Wide Retirement Ceremony 
 
Retired Army Col. William F. Fitzpatrick receives the Legion of Merit from Maj. Gen. Joseph C. Carter 
Retired Army Col. William F. Fitzpatrick, Massachusetts Army National Guard, receives the Legion of Merit from Maj. Gen. Joseph C. Carter, The Adjutant General, Massachusetts National Guard, during a state-wide retirement ceremony June 7, 2009 at the Massachusetts National Guard Museum in Worcester, Mass. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Eric J. Kolesnikovas)
By Army Sgt. James C. Lally, Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs 

MILFORD, Mass. The Massachusetts Army National Guard held its first state-wide retirement ceremony for approximately 180 Soldiers who retired with 20 or more years of service during the last year and a half on June 7, 2009 at the Massachusetts National Guard Museum in Worcester, Mass.

Maj. Gen. Joseph C. Carter, The Adjutant General, Massachusetts National Guard presented each retiree with a certificate of appreciation along with an encased American Flag with their name engraved on the case.

The purpose of this ceremony was not intended to replace unit level retirement ceremonies but to give the Adjutant General a chance to personally thank each Soldier and their families for their dedicated service to their Nation and the Commonwealth.

In his closing remarks at the ceremony Carter said, “Let’s have a great round of applause for our retirees who represent more than 2000 years of service to the Massachusetts Army National Guard and to the United States of America and also let’s have a round of applause for your family members and friends who supported these Soldiers throughout their military careers. Without you their service would not have been possible.”

Future retirement ceremonies are slated to be conducted semi-annually during November and June of each year.

6/16/2009