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WOBURN — From Gloucester to Cape Cod, from North Andover to West Springfield, Massachusetts Republicans honored one of the most solemn anniversaries in America’s storied history with scores of standouts to remember, honor, and cheer the first responder community.
State Committeewoman Amanda Kesterson led Friday morning’s standout in her hometown of Gloucester and said the rallies gave people the opportunity to “honor the memory of all the first responders who bravely entered those burning towers in New York City on 9/11, the hundreds upon hundreds of first responders who gave their lives to protect other Americans.”
“In addition, at a time our country is under siege by the radical Left, it is another opportunity to show our gratitude and recognize the sacrifices that our police officers make on a daily basis,” Kesterson said. “We wanted to express their gratitude towards police officers at a time when men and women serving in law enforcement are under political attack.
In North Andover, retired police officer Dave Rand sat in a folding chair and held a sign of support (see photo below) while nearby, North Andover Republican Town Committee member C.J. Gangi stood on the Town Common with about 50 others.
Gangi said the honks of support showed there is more support for law enforcement than media reports convey.
“People have been overwhelmingly supportive, but it’s this kind of quiet but steady support that doesn’t exactly show up on the nightly national newscasts,” Gangi noted.
Kesterson said to expect more standouts statewide over the weekend.
“The message we keep hearing is to defund the police, to take away their protections, and we’re here to offer a counter-message — we support those who are willing to risk their lives each day to protect us, and we’re proud to show it,” Kesterson said.