For Immediate Release
November 18th, 2020
Anthony Langone: Anthony.Langone@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2090 (Rep. Haggerty)
Mason Heilman: Mason.Heilman@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2210 (Rep. Ciccolo)
Woburn State House Delegation Unveils “Angelo Piazza Bridge”
Woburn – Representative Richard M. Haggerty (D-Woburn), Representative Michelle L. Ciccolo (D-Lexington), and Senator Cindy F. Friedman (D-Arlington) are proud to announce that on November 12th, the Salem Street Bridge in Woburn was officially designated the Angelo Piazza Bridge.
Angelo “Angie” Piazza is a Woburn native and a combat veteran who served honorably in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War from 1953 to 1954, earning a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He spent 34 years as a Woburn police officer and still lives in town with his family. His son Michael recently retired from the Woburn Police Department with his other son, Angelo Jr., still being an active member of the force.
“It has been said ‘A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors.’ So is true today as we honor Mr. Piazza for his heroism at war and his distinguished service at home,” said Representative Haggerty, “We are grateful to Angelo for his love of country and his love of Woburn. I also want to thank Veterans Agent Larry Guiseppe for his strong advocacy to get this this legislation passed.”
“Woburn is the special community it is because of its people,” said Representative Ciccolo. “Angelo Piazza is a shining example of the type of selfless, patriotic citizens the city counts as among its many proud sons, and it is fitting that he receive this honor.”
Among those attending the closed event were members from the Piazza Family, the Woburn State House Delegation, Mayor Scott Galvin, members from the Woburn City Council, Woburn Police Chief Bob Rufo, retired State Representative Jim Dwyer, as well as other community leaders and friends of Angelo. “Angie” was surrounded by several family members including two granddaughters, Kristen and Heather, who delivered speeches, and his grandson SGT Cameron Piazza, who is currently serving active duty in the United States Marine Corps.
George Poole (U.S. Army) lead the audience in a rendition of the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by Representative Haggerty who was the acting MC of the event and spoke to Piazza’s character and years of service to our nation and our community. Representative Ciccolo also presented Angelo with a joint state citation, with Mayor Galvin and Woburn Veterans’ Services Officer Larry Guiseppe (USMC) delivering remarks on Angie’s life and years of service as a Marine and Woburn Police Officer. The Woburn Police Department color guard also conducted a formal posting of the colors.
The event was made possible through the coordination and cooperation of various state and local offices, including VSO Larry Guiseppe, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Deputy Superintendent Lenny Burnham from the Woburn Department of Public Works, and Anthony Langone from Representative Haggerty’s office.
The Angelo Piazza Bridge is located on Salem Street in East Woburn over the Lowell Line MBTA tracks, connecting the Washington Street corridor and Woburn Center.