Victory Day ceremony especially meaningful for one family

A Victory Day flag raising ceremony took place Monday morning in Cranston.

A flag was raised Monday in the Edgewood section of Cranston to commemorate Victory Day.

The ceremony took place in Victory Park on Westwood Ave.

"He'd be very happy. I know he's looking down on us," said Debra Marinosci Goodinson.

Goodinson was talking about her father, Rodolfo Marinosci, who was injured in the landing at Normandy and received a Purple Heart.

In the 1970s, Goodinson's father was instrumental in turning a traffic island where kids played ball into dedicated to city veterans who served in World War I.

"He passed in 1992 and since then I've been taking care of it to make sure it looks nice, and a lot of neighbors do too. We all care about it," Goodinson said.

Rhode Island is the only state to celebrate Victory Day. Until recently, it was widely known as Victory over Japan Day or V-J Day, amid questions as to whether it should still be an official state holiday. It commemorates the Allies' defeat of Japan in World War II.

"As an Asian-American, I do have mixed feelings but for many veterans that fought in the war that had members fallen, many of whom are Rhode Islanders, and this is deep and personal to them. It really is a balance, and while it is still a holiday, I think it's important to remember all those who have fallen for our country," said Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, who's running for governor.

A new flag pole replaced a wooden pole that had fallen into disrepair. It came from the former Cranston police station on Atwood Avenue.

The city got permission from the developer that bought the property to take the flag pole. It was refurbished it for its new home in Edgewood.