On Monday, March 13th the City of Everett rightfully paid respect to US Navy 2nd Class Petty Officer Christopher Brienza. Brienza was an active member of the US Navy and native of Everett. Just a little more than three years ago, Everett’s own Christopher Brienza chose a very selfless path and enlisted in the U.S. Navy.
Mayor Carlo DeMaria said, “On behalf of the City of Everett, my family and I want to express our deepest sympathies to the Brienza family. US Navy 2nd Class Petty Officer Christopher Brienza was a true patriot. His great love for his country and family was an inspiration to all of us. The hundreds of community members that lined the streets today is a testament to Chris’ commitment to protect and serve all of us. Our community and country have suffered a tremendous loss and we are all proud to call Chris, one of Everett’s own.”
“This young man, signed up to defend and protect the freedoms and the democracy that we all so thoroughly enjoy today,” stated Veterans Commissioner Jeanne Cristiano, “From all accounts, U.S. Navy 2nd Class Petty Officer Brienza carried out his duties with accomplishment, perseverance, devotion, dedication & honor. Today was indeed a very sad day as this patriot, U.S. Navy 2nd Class Petty Officer Christopher Brienza was laid to rest at his final resting place. Tomorrow, we as a community begin to pave the way to honor this brave soldier’s service and his undying legacy.”
At Woodlawn Cemetery, the powerful contingent observed a seven gun Military salute, as well as the playing of Taps. The Everett Public Schools also paid tribute to the fallen soldier as they lined Ferry and Elm Streets, waving American flags, as the funeral possession passed by the high school.