by Rick Winterson


   Dave Falvey dropped in at South Boston Online last Monday morning for a chat.  Dave is the Commander of South Boston’s Allied War Veterans Council (the AWVC), which is the organization responsible for the St. Patrick’s/Evacuation Day Parade every year.  Specifically, he wanted to discuss the AWVC’s plans for Veterans Day weekend, as well as briefing us on the 2019 Parade.

The upcoming Veterans Day weekend will be quite busy, especially on Saturday, November 10.  The DAV 5K race takes place that morning on Castle Island, running from the Fort, along the Causeway, to the Sugar Bowl/Head Island/Fish Hawk, and back.  Proceeds go to benefit Disabled American Veterans (DAV).  You can log onto and register for this race at  That afternoon, Mary Ryan and Kevin Conroy are planning a World War I Memorial Hour at Excel High at 2 p.m. – more details to follow on that commemoration.

Saturday evening, November 10, the AWVC is planning their Second Annual Veterans Day Social at The Sixth Gear (corner of L and Fourth Streets) from 6 till 9 p.m.  This is a free and informal event, open to everyone.  It will be a celebration of Boston’s veterans and all those who support them.  Since this weekend will be the 100th Anniversary of the World War I Armistice – later to become Veterans Day – please plan to attend.

While Dave was here, he also mentioned the 2019 Parade.  The AWVC plans to bring back the “Mayor of Southie” contest as a Parade fundraiser.  A Parade Grand Marshal is actively being sought.  They are also looking into expanding the AWVC organization into other civic areas in South Boston.

The entire weekend of November 10, 11, and 12 (Saturday through Monday) will be devoted to remembrances of the first Armistice Day a century ago, as well as the heroism of our veterans over the last 100 years.  So, please make it a point to attend the events planned here in South Boston on Saturday, November 10, in the morning, the afternoon, and that evening at The Sixth Gear, courtesy of the AWVC.

Thanks, and we’ll see you there.