Four local veterans will be honored and recognized at the start of this year’s Boston Marathon in honor of Patriots’ Day. Gen. James Charles McConville, who serves as the 40th Chief of Staff of the Army, will be on hand to recognize the four veterans: Brennan Grimley (Army), Muriel Kramer (Air Force), Peter Redding (Army) and Tyler Staback (Marines).
Recognizing local veterans at the Boston Marathon start has become a highlight of Patriots’ Day for Hopkinton Marathon Committee Chair Dorothy Ferriter-Wallace, who started the annual tradition. “The sacrifices these veterans have made for their country and their communities deserves appreciation,” she said. “We enjoy being able to pay tribute to them in front of a large crowd at the start of the greatest marathon in the world on Patriots’ Day. We are honored that General McConville will be present to recognize this year’s veterans.”
Hopkinton Select Board member Muriel Kramer, who has lived in Hopkinton for more than 30 years, will be honored for her service in the Air Force. A member of Air Force ROTC as a Syracuse University student, Kramer achieved the rank of captain, serving for four years after she graduated. Kramer worked as a writer and a certified pharmacy technician while raising six children, then earned her master’s degree in social work from Boston College in 2017, and currently works in that field. In addition to serving others in the military and through her career, Kramer has served her community in a variety of volunteer positions. Currently a member of the Select Board, Kramer previously served on the Planning Board, Board of Appeals, Master Plan Committee and Commissioner of Trust Funds, and she had a stint as deputy town moderator. She also is a member of the Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee.
Peter Redding, a 1967 Hopkinton High School graduate, will be recognized for his service in the Army. He graduated from UMass Amherst in 1971 as a distinguished military graduate with a degree in marketing. He entered the Army immediately after college, commissioned as a second lieutenant. After completing training in Georgia and Virginia, he planned to make a career in the military. He worked in various positions in Colorado, Thailand, Texas, California and Turkey before moving closer to home at Fort Devens because of some illnesses in his family. A captain, he earned many honors including the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal, and Army Service Ribbon. He worked as a partner in his father’s company, molding parts for military submarines. A member of the Hopkinton High School band in the 1960s, Redding remembers playing on the Town Common at the Boston Marathon as runners started on Hayden Rowe Street and took a right onto Main Street. He also volunteered as a Scout leader for years selling food on the Town Common.
Brennan Grimley and Tyler Staback, both officers in the Hopkinton Police Department, will be recognized for their service in the Army and Marine Corps, respectively. A Massachusetts native, Staback graduated from Worcester State University, where he studied criminal justice/law enforcement administration. Upon graduating, he enlisted in the Marine Corps, working in aviation communications. The lance corporal then worked as a public safety officer at a hospital before becoming a Massachusetts State Police Officer for three years. He began working for the Hopkinton Police Department last summer.
Grimley grew up in nearby Grafton and lives locally. He first started working for the Hopkinton Police Department as an intern while a college student at Norwich University in Vermont and was hired full-time last May. He began his military service in the Army ROTC at Norwich in 2018 before commissioning as a second lieutenant in the Army in 2020. He now is a first lieutenant and military police officer in the Army Reserves, serving as the executive officer for a military police company. “My favorite thing about Hopkinton is the community,” said Grimley. “People are always bringing things by the station. Also, people around town are always waving and making their appreciation of what we do known.”
Said Ferriter-Wallace: “These four veterans served their country honorably and all continue to serve this community in various ways. We thank them for their service as we celebrate Patriots’ Day.”