3 Medal of Honor recipients recognized for service to country in Holyoke

Hampden County

The City of Holyoke took time to remember some of its residents who made the ultimate sacrifice Wednesday night.

Gone but certainly not forgotten.

Three Medal of Honor recipients were honored for their sacrifice and their service to our country and their community.

Holyoke unveiled a new monument in Veterans Park.

Engraved on its surface, the faces of three men who made the ultimate sacrifice.

CBM John Mackenzie who served in the navy in Worlds war one, Sgt. Joseph Muller who served in the Army in World War II and Army Lt. Raymond Beaudion who also served in world war two.

Sgt. Mullers niece attended the ceremony, and told 22News while she wasn’t able to meet him, her family is incredibly proud of his sacrifice.

“The only thing I remember was that my grandmother was a Gold Star mother,” said Louise Durand. “She was very proud of her son and there were more brothers that went into the service at the same time.”

Very few who remember World War II are alive today. The monument serves as a way for future generations to remember these men’s sacrifice. 

“I feel like this is the last thing I’m going to be able to do for him,” said Alison Pierce, granddaughter of CBM Mackenzie. “Because I’m getting old too.”

Nonmember is National Veterans month and 22News will continue to share the stores of our local heroes leading up to it.

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