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Cape Pond Ice Gloucester, 7.9.15On Thursday morning, Governor Charlie Baker visited the City of Gloucester. On his first stop, he headed to the harborwalk section of downtown, visiting both a successful local business and a new business under construction: Cape Pond Ice and the Beauport Hotel.

Both businesses are examples of public-private partnerships benefiting the local economy, Cape Pond Ice through MassDevelopment, and the Beauport Hotel that was supported by a MassWorks grant.

The Wall That Heals Opening Day Ceremony, 7.9.15

Next, the Governor attended the Opening Day Ceremony of “The Wall that Heals.” The Wall, constructed by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, serves to remember the fallen heroes of the Vietnam War. A half-size replica of the memorial in Washington, D.C., this traveling memorial features the names of the more than 58,000 veterans missing or killed in combat in Vietnam — including 1,546 that called the Commonwealth home. [View photo album]

Governor Baker delivered remarks paying tribute to veterans, both fallen and living, and emphasized how important it is to respect and support all returning veterans and their families. Joined by Gloucester attorney and Vietnam veteran Mark Nestor, the Governor presented Gold Star mothers’ in attendance with flowers and the gratitude of the Commonwealth. The traveling memorial will be in Gloucester through the weekend.

[READ: The MBTA Commuter Rail is offering round-trip service to visit the Wall.]

Later in the afternoon, Governor Baker headed to Topsfield for a Small Business Roundtable hosted by Representative Brad Hill. At the gathering, the Governor highlighted the importance of small businesses and the crucial role they play in our Commonwealth’s economy. Small businesses not only make up for 85% of the economy, but they account for half of 1.4 million of Massachusetts’ private workforce.

Following the roundtable, Governor Baker and Rep. Hill announced an additional $950,000 in funding for the resurfacing of Route 97 – a joint project between the town of Topsfield and MassDOT.

The Wall That Heals Opening Day Ceremony, 7.9.15

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