Francisco A. Urena is Guest Speaker at AAWV
Annual Luncheon Meeting
BOSTON November 7, 2012 Boston Veterans’ Services Commissioner
Francisco A. Urena is the Guest Speaker at the 64th Annual Luncheon Meeting
the American Albanian War Veterans (AAWV) on November 12, 2012 at
Pier 4 Restaurant on Boston’s historic Waterfront.
by Boston’s Mayor Thomas M. Menino
to lead the City of
Boston’s Veterans’ Services, Commissioner Urena’s commitment to government
service began the
day after graduating from South Broward High School in
where he enlisted in the United States Marines Corps.
the span of eight years of honorable service in the U.S. Marines,
Urena’s duties included Diplomatic Security with the
Department of State at two
American Embassies; American Embassy Damascus,
Syria, and American Embassy
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. He is a Purple Heart recipient
from injuries sustained
while in combat during the Operation Iraqi Freedom
Urena followed his enlistment in the U.S. Marines with a degree
in History and
Legal Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
education, he involved himself in a series of volunteer work
led to his role as a Veterans’ Services Officer.
2008, Commissioner Urena was honored with the “Veterans’ Services
Officer of the Year” - award by former
Veterans’ Services Secretary,
Thomas G. Kelley.
AAWV, comprised of WWII Albanian-American veterans in Greater Boston,
in 1946 in Boston by U.S. Navy Lieut-Commander Andrew E. Elia
who served as a
Medical Officer on board a U.S. Navy supply ship during WWII.
It is believed
that Dr. Elia was the role model of the ship’s doctor in the book,
Mr. Roberts, by Thomas Heggen that later
became a movie starring Henry Fonda
as Mr. Roberts and William Powell as the
For more information and/or reservations,
please contact Virginia Kosmo
at 1-781 894-2721 or Ron Nasson at 1-508
AAWV Annual Luncheon
November 12, 2012 at
Anthony’s Pier 4
140 Northern Avenue
The AAWV Annual
Meeting Luncheon ($25) is open to the public.
All are most welcome!