New England Patriots and the Kraft family honor veterans at Gillette Stadium






The Patriots and the Kraft family hosted 50 Vietnam War veterans at Gillette Stadium on Friday, ahead of Veterans Day weekend.

Following a lunch for the attendees, Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, New England Patriots Foundation president Josh Kraft, and Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Famer Andre Tippett gave each veteran a lapel pin in thanks for their service. Ten Gold Star families, who lost a loved one in war, were also honored at the event.

The back of the blue pin is embossed with “A Grateful Nation Thanks and Honors You” so that the sentiment is closest to the heart of the veteran who wears it.

The Patriots and veterans finished the afternoon by placing a wreath on the Moving Wall, currently located in the Gillette Stadium parking lot. The Moving Wall, a half-size traveling version of the Washington, D.C., Vietnam Veterans Memorial, features the names of over 58,000 individuals who died during the Vietnam War. The Moving Wall will be at Patriot Place over the weekend.

Vietnam veteran Dave Bickford from Whitman, who served from 1973-1976, stood at the Moving Wall set up at Gillette Stadium.

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Vietnam veteran Dave Bickford from Whitman, who served from 1973-1976, stood at the Moving Wall set up at Gillette Stadium.

Maureen Cabral from Winchester held a rose up to the name of her husband, John J. Cabral, at the Moving Wall.

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Maureen Cabral from Winchester held a rose up to the name of her husband, John J. Cabral, at the Moving Wall.

A visitor rubbed the names on a section of the Moving Wall.

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A visitor rubbed the names on a section of the Moving Wall.

Lillian Brown can be reached at lillian.brown@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @lilliangbrown.





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