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Archive for November 11, 2021

Nov. 11, 2021 — Lending a name

It was a decade and a half ago when Holly Charrette, a former field hockey player from Cranston (R.I.) East, became the first known field hockey player to die in the Iraq conflict.

Today, in Johnston, R.I., there is a six-bedroom facility dedicated to transitioning women veterans from the battlefield back to civilian life. It bears the name, “Holly Charrette House.” Run by Operation Stand Down Rhode Island, it was opened in July of 2010 and became Rhode Island’s first and only transitional housing for homeless female veterans.

As today is Veterans Day, please remember who gave all in service to our nation. It is particularly poignant that the state of Rhode Island remembers Charrette in this way.